Railroad & Telegraph at Walden Pond
"The Fitchburg Railroad touches the pond about a hundred rods [550 yards] south of where I dwell. I usually go to the village along its causeway, and am, as it were, related to society by this link."



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Railroad tracks & telephone wires at Walden Pond

"The whistle of the locomotive penetrates my woods summer and winter, sounding like the scream of a hawk sailing over some farmer's yard....

"We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate."

—Henry David Thoreau




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