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Marconi National Historic site, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia | by Yvon from Ottawa
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Marconi National Historic site, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

The last historic place that Kathleen and I visited on this trip to Nova Scotia was the spot from where Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first wireless message from North America to Europe on December 15, 1902. The site was designated National Historic Site in 1939, but there is very little to see there now. The story is told through some panels along a short pathway (visible behind Kathleen in this photograph). There is also a small museum, which was closed when we went as well as the remnants of Marconi's transmission towers. I think that Parks Canada could do a much better job with this site than it has – it shouldn't be a big deal to reconstruct the towers and to properly display the equipment that Marconi used (or replicas) in his historical achievement.


Nevertheless, I find it interesting that both Alexander Graham Bell and Marconi, two of the world's most famous inventors in the area of communications, would choose to do their stuff on Cape Breton Island, a rather remote location and one that is seldom heard of – except when there were strikes or deadly explosions in the coal mines like in 1992 at the Westray Mine. This won't happen again as the last coal mine closed in 2001 – although there are talks going on about reviving them! We did visit the Miner's Museum in Glace Bay and found it very interesting.

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Taken on September 17, 2004