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Telegraph Trail

72nd Avenue, Langley District, Colombie-Britannique, V1M, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1974/04/29

Looking west along Telegraph Trail from Glover Road.; Township of Langley, Julie MacDonald, 2003.
View looking west on Telegraph Trail.
Typical view of Telegraph Trail; Township of Langley, Julie MacDonald, 2003.
View looking east on Telegraph Trail.
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Autre nom(s)

Telegraph Trail
Collins Overland Telegraph Line

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2004/11/02

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The heritage designation applies to the roadway that follows a portion of the Telegraph Trail (or Collins Overland Telegraph Line) that runs for 2.07 kilometres in Northwest Langley.

Valeur patrimoniale

The Telegraph Trail was the first heritage designation by the Township of Langley (1974) and is protected because of its strong historic significance. Built during a two month period in 1865, the line represented a new era of communication on the local, provincial, national and international scale. The building of this cable line was part of an exciting communications race to connect North America and Europe. The goal of Perry McDonough Collins and his partners in the Western Union and the California State Telegraph Company, was to build a cable line from Los Angeles (USA), through British Columbia and Alaska, under the Bering Strait, through Russia and on into Europe.

It was the biggest and earliest project launched in Western Canada, and the first overland telegraph system in Western Canada. The project was abandoned less than a year later when word came that a cable had been successfully laid between Newfoundland and Ireland across the Atlantic ocean floor. Collins and his team had managed to string the line from its starting point in the United States, up through all of BC and into Alaska before they stopped. Most of the line was left to disintegrate, but the section through southern BC was taken over and used by Western Union.

A side benefit of the installment of the telegraph line was the trail it created as a necessary byproduct to construction. For Langley, this trail became one of the first major transportation routes until Old Yale Road was started in 1872.

Source: Langley Centennial Museum, heritage files

Éléments caractéristiques

The character-defining elements of the Telegraph Trail include:
- The topography of the road, expressed in its:
- Winding characteristics,
- Dips and rises
- Narrow width of the road
- Lack of road shoulder
- Shallow ditches
- Edges lined with grass and shrubs
- Indigenous trees and shrubs

- Scenic vistas experienced along the road




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (C.-B.)

Loi habilitante

Local Government Act, art.967

Type de reconnaissance

Désignation patrimoniale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Communications et transport

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Transport terrestre
Route ou voie publique
Centre de communications

Architecte / Concepteur




Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Langley Centennial Museum, heritage files

Réfère à une collection

Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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