Heart's Content Cable Station
Highway 80, Heart's Content, Newfoundland and Labrador, 1
1/2 hours from St. John's.
Imagine... President Abraham Lincoln has been assassinated but
London's papers aren't reporting it - it'll take 10 days for the
news to reach Europe by ship...
In July 1866, after nine years and several unsuccessful
attempts, the first permanent telegraph cable connecting Europe and
North America was hauled ashore at Heart's Content. This little
Newfoundland town leaped into the history books and remained a
global communications hub for over a century. The cable station
opened the world to the outport men and women who worked here and
remains a time capsule of the communications technology that
connected us all right up to the 1960s.
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