The Telegraph Arrives in Kingston

1847
Telegraph poles (loaded with wires). Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Telegraph poles (loaded with wires). Source: Library and Archives Canada.

In 1847 the communications revolution spurred by the invention of the telegraph arrived in Kingston and decorated the landscape with the required poles and cables. 1847 also saw John A.'s second election victory to the Legislative Assembly. His victory parade through the streets of Kingston – complete with John A. hoisted shoulder high – destroyed some of the new telegraph infrastructure as signs and flags tore down the overhead cables.