Texas Forts Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Fort McKavett : Shrinking the Nation: Telegraphy at Ft. McKavett

April 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Before the days of instant messenger, texting, and free long-distance calls, messages could take months to cross the United States territory. This changed with the invention of telegraph machines. These brilliant electric devices turned a months-long process of sending and receiving letters into just a few hours. Come out and learn how these original Skype machines worked and how messages were transmitted across the expanding, yet shrinking, nation. Transmit your own message across the fort and be prepared to receive a response! 


  • Fort McKavett State Historic Site
  • 7066 FM-864
  • Fort McKavett , Texas
  • 76825


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    Fort McKavett State Historic Site
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