Current Gallery: Openwire ( piece)
The backbone of U. S. telecommunications between 1880 and the mid-1950s, was openwire communications technology used by nearly all operating companies throughout the nation to link farm to town and town to city. The hayday of the crossarm throughout the countryside prospered for over 50 years and then suddenly disappeared by the late 1960s and early 1970s. Today, very little of that civilian telecom heritage remains, except in very isolated areas. Transportation companies namely: the railroads, are dismantling their communications and signal facilities at a breakneck pace, anticipating that all railway openwire will be linewrecked by 2020. The pole and crossarm icon has always conjured up what we fondly recall as part of the "countryside furniture." Today, the landscape seems more barren; railroads and highways . . . far more isolated and foresaken without their former communications partners in stride with the parallel ribbons of pavement or iron rail. We present some historical photos of this incredible epoch which we recall the grand period which was . . . openwire communications.
"North End Terminal Structure, Tilford Lead"  (2010) by TheElectricOrphanage
  • Wood Pole Tower Wood Pole Tower
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  • Relic of Aerial Wire on the Rails Relic of Aerial Wire on the Rails
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  • UPRR WRRS Terminal Box (Iron) and Dead-ends UPRR WRRS Terminal Box (Iron) and Dead-ends
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  • TL Radio Relay Hut with Parabolic Antennae TL Radio Relay Hut with Parabolic Antennae
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  • UPRR Retired Signal WRRS Terminal With Dead-ends UPRR Retired Signal WRRS Terminal With Dead-ends
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  • Detail of Tilford Drop Brackets Detail of Tilford Drop Brackets
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  • Stormy Clouds over Mitchell-Tyndall-Lead Stormy Clouds over Mitchell-Tyndall-Lead
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  • North End Terminal Structure, Tilford Lead North End Terminal Structure, Tilford Lead
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  • Black Hills and Tilford, S.D. Preserved Open Wire Black Hills and Tilford, S.D. Preserved Open Wire
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  • Tilford, South Dakota Exchange Open Wire Lead Tilford, South Dakota Exchange Open Wire Lead
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  • Mitchell-Tyndall Lead with Pole Extension Mitchell-Tyndall Lead with Pole Extension
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  • Tilford, South Dakota Preserved Bell System Lead Tilford, South Dakota Preserved Bell System Lead
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  • What Used To Be A Common Sight . . . What Used To Be A Common Sight . . .
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  • Tilford, South Dakota Last Open Wire NWB Line Tilford, South Dakota Last Open Wire NWB Line
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  • Former Council Bluffs-Sioux City AT&T Toll Lead Former Council Bluffs-Sioux City AT&T Toll Lead
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  • Mitchell-Tyndall NWBell Toll Lead Tangent Pole Mitchell-Tyndall NWBell Toll Lead Tangent Pole
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  • Transposition Pole Detail, Tilford, South Dakota Transposition Pole Detail, Tilford, South Dakota
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  • Tilford, South Dakota Open Wire Preserved Lead Tilford, South Dakota Open Wire Preserved Lead
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  • Transposition Structure With Twin Multi-Pair Cable Transposition Structure With Twin Multi-Pair Cable
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  • Remains of Old AT&T Long Lines CB-Sioux City Lead Remains of Old AT&T Long Lines CB-Sioux City Lead
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  • Former Lincoln Tel & Tel Open Wire Former Lincoln Tel & Tel Open Wire
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  • Dakota Central Telephone 12-pin Line Dakota Central Telephone 12-pin Line
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  • Union Pacific Railroad H-Fixture Near Rossville Union Pacific Railroad H-Fixture Near Rossville
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  • Arizona Openwire Span Brackets Arizona Openwire Span Brackets
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  • Arizona Open Wire Span Brackets Arizona Open Wire Span Brackets
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  • Former MOPAC Lines Double-Dead-End Pole Former MOPAC Lines Double-Dead-End Pole
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  • Towering Ruin Towering Ruin
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  • Missouri-Pacific Railway Terminal Structure Missouri-Pacific Railway Terminal Structure
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  • What a Sight! What a Sight!
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  • Wires Sag When It's Hot! Wires Sag When It's Hot!
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