It Talks In Cherokee: The First Telephone Service West Of The Mississippi

Ed Hicks had seen the telephone demonstrated at the St. Louis Exhibition and in 1885 concocted the plan to connect The Cherokee Capital of Tahlequah with the new bustling City of Muskogee by phone line. Traditional members of the tribe wanted to avoid additional incursions of American business and government in their territory, so they were generally opposed to the idea until they learned the new device spoke in Cherokee.

Check our Show Naotes for pictures of Sa-Giyah and Ed Hicks!

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