Sunday, August 26, 2007

History of Utility Poles. Where? WHERE??

Will someone please create a website already that has a history of utility poles (or telephone poles, or light poles, or telegraph poles, or electric poles, or whatever else people might call them), with photographs or drawings to illustrate?

I ask, because in the comments to my Mule Train, part the second post, there was some discussion on dating the Mule Train photograph by the telephone poles. While I did find one website that had some historical information on utility poles (Dating Old Photographs from Light Poles), it was for poles in Australia! Are poles the same throughout the world? I have no idea. Do you?

Here's another website about utility poles: The Unofficial Utility Pole Page (aka While this site does have a lot of information about poles, it doesn't go back in history as far as I'd like.

Surely there's some genealogy-minded lineman out there somewhere that will take on this task. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?