Completion of transcontinental telesraph. Cedar City's first telexraph office. Ellen Whittaker Lunt, h f a r y Ann Wilson Lunt, Henry Lunt, Ann Cower Lunt and Samh ~ \ n n u n t . Hrnry L.unt goes to MexL ico. Henrietta's acquaintance wirh Major John \\'dey Pawell. M i n i n ~ a t Silbel- Reef. Picture. Xlartha Henrietta Lunt.
Eventually, the telegraph entirely replaced the pony express. The transcontinental telegraph line, completed in 1861, connected East to 7Ycst. Brigham Young was one of the contractors in the construction work and under his direction, timber for the poles was hauled from the canyons around Salt Lake City. Many large wagons carried poles and supplies from there to the workmen in Wyoming. Soon after the completion of the transcontinental telegraph line, a group of Utah men organized the Deseret Telegraph Co., for the purpose of connecting the Mormon settlements with the capital city, with Brigham Young as head of the company. He sent a circular letter to the bishops in 1866, instructing them to have the people unite with their money and labor in building a line from Rich County, in the extreme northern end of Utah, to St. George, in the South. Men were called to work on the line without pay. The pioneers considered it a call to "go on a mission" in service to their state and church. A. Milton Musser, Supt. of the Deseret Telegraph Co., reported in Jan. of 1867: "We.have 600 miles of telegraph in Utah in operation ;md material has been ordered to extend the lines in different directions. The territory of Utah is the only territory in the United States to own her own telegraph system." Before the year 1867, the line extended into Idaho.'