Long before cell phones, telegraphs were the fastest form of communication. They use Morse Code, a series of dots and dashes that symbolize different letters and numbers, to quickly send messages. The message is typed into a “key” and sent through a wire to a “sounder” that rings with each corresponding dot or dash. These wires were often hung along rail lines, so messages were usually received at train stations, causing the two industries became closely connected.
You can see and use a telegraph key on display in the Salem Museum’s “Through Their Eyes” exhibit.
There is still time to see the Salem Museum’s model train set! The train display has been extended through February 3, 2024. Come visit to see one of the Museum’s most popular displays.
This will be the last year for the Burke family trains. Don’t miss this classic—and imaginative—American Flyer layout!
This year, the display has expanded to three tracks, including a tiny N-scale train.
This year, sharp-eyed visitors will discover an array of new surprises. A scavenger hunt will help visitors find all of the tiny delights.
The Salem Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-4 and located at 801 E. Main St.