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The Moccasin Telegraph

The phrase “Moccasin Telegraph” dates back to the frontier days, around the time the telegraph lines were being strung along the railroads. The standing joke was that news spread much faster via the person-to-person grapevine gossip channels, especially since the bison found the new telegraph poles made superb scratching posts and the lines were often down.

Phone service is arguably somewhat more reliable these days, but but even with just a “dumb” phone the grapevine functions just as well as ever. So, from time to time (actually monthly, for a long time now) we’ll pass along some things we think you might find interesting. The old frontier is dead, and we might not even be on the new frontier of the information age, but we’re glad to report the Moccasin Telegraph is alive and well.

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