Thursday, December 19, 2013

Frontier Pittsburgh

My inner electrical engineer loves this piece of technology/business/communications history in the Washington Post today: This 100-year-old deal birthed the modern phone system. And it’s all about to end.

Worth a read unto itself, but check out the map it includes (via Wikipedia) showing Pittsburgh on the technological frontier in 1891. I guess this settles the whole Midwest/East Coast debate.  Note the trunk line gets to Pittsburgh via upstate New York and skips over the vast Pennsylvania 'T.'



11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of why NYC, Upstate NY, and Cleveland were blacked out in 2003, but not PGH, PHL and the Southern Tier of PA.

Eletrical / Phones seemed to follow the RR at that time - as this does. NY money followed the NYC, Philly money followed the PRR.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 2:55:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Reminds me of when I was building a restaurant in New Castle. Called the One Call service to locate underground utilities before digging. Usually, it would take 2-3 days for them to respond.....this time a guy called in 10 minutes and said don't move one shovel of dirt without our guy being there. Turns out the major phone line (before the internet days) between NY and Chicago crossed the property. He said I would be fined $3000/minute fro every minute of down time if I broke the line and the minimum down time would three days to fix it!

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