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The Cable Building Story
Road to Yesterday Museum
Bay Roberts , Newfoundland and Labrador


   In 1910 Western Union
Telegraph Company selected
Bay Roberts, Newfoundland to
be the repeater station site
for their transatlantic
cables going from England to
New York. In 1913 a state of
the art cable station was
constructed. This was
accompanied by the

construction of a new street
called Cable Avenue and
housing accommodations for
the superintendent, married
staff, and a staff house for
unmarried staff.
   The imported Western
Union staff had a significant
impact on the economic and
social development of the

Town. They brought new ideas
and money, and created
opportunities for the locals
to train for new jobs and
participate in sports,
entertainment, and
organizations. Consequently,
growth in these areas became
an important part of the
lives of Bay Roberts

   In 1960, these telegraph
cables became obsolete and
the station closed. For
years, the building lay
vacant and deteriorated to
the point where demolition
was considered. In 1996, the
Bay Roberts Heritage Society
Inc. managed to acquire the

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