The Wild Wild West

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Corrected entry: Throughout Series: No one ever explained just how West and Gordon were able, in the 1870s, to send and receive telegraph signals from a moving train, without any wire connection.

Jean G

Correction: Wireless telegraphs were possible and designed in a number of ways in the early 19th century. Radio waves could be used. In 1832 James Lindsay demonstrated the idea of wireless telegraphy and showed it worked over a 2 mile distance in 1854. Thomas Edison patented his "grasshopper telegraphy", which allowed signals to jump the short distance between a running train and telegraph wires running parallel to the tracks. While this wasn't until the mid-1880's, Wild Wild West relied on advanced technologies and Gordon could have easily been able to come up with this same invention for personal use.


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