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Cable Office in Seward, Alaska, United States, is a building that served as a telegraph office that connected Seward with communications in the rest of the United States.
The cable office was constructed in 1905 by the U.S. Army Signal Corps as part of the Washington–Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System (WAMCATS). Telegraph service from the lower states first connected to Valdez, Alaska. In summer 1905, submarine cable was extended from Valdez to Seward.
The first message over the line was to A. C. Frost, president of the Alaska Central Railway, who was in Chicago: 'This first message transmitted over Alaska Cable connects Seward from this day to the great city of Chicago.' Among initial regular users of the telegraph line was the local newspaper, the Seward Daily Gateway. In August 1905, owner Frank Ballaine began featuring the previous day's news from the Coterminous United States in his paper. Before the telegraph line, outside news arrived via steam ship days or weeks later.
The office was operated by Army personnel. The front room of the building was open to the public who could send and receive messages. The central part of the ground floor served as the operator's station, while workers lived on the second floor. Service continued until an earthquake severed the line in 1934. By that time, radio communication had been established by the Navy and the telegraph line was not replaced. The government retained ownership until 1961. Since then, the building has served as a private residence and rented apartments.
We are now renting the lower unit of this wonderful home. Completely renovated bathrooms, fresh interior paint and charming period touches throughout.
Walking distance to the Sealife Center, dining and shopping and the waterfront.
You'll love the location, the parking and the views!
NOTE that we are slowly, lovingly restoring this property back to original look and feel. New metal roof will go on in May. Fresh exterior paint and interior floor restoration may be in progress. No work will be done during your stay.
Off Season 1 Oct 29 - May 14, 2015 1 night min stay
Peak Season May 15 - Sep 15, 2015 2 night min stay
Peak Season 2 Sep 16 - May 13, 2016 1 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Cleaning$60 + tax
** JULY 2-5 Rate is $300.00 per night due to high demand (Mount Marathon Race)
• You must be 21 years of age and have a credit card to rent the Cable house.
• Please respect our no smoking and no pets policy. The charge for smoking or pets in the house is $200.00.
• Unless prior arrangements have been made, there will be an extra charge of $50.00 per hour for late check-out.
Travelers pay at time of booking as we will take your dates out of inventory as soon as you confirm booking. Call owner with any questions or discussion needed, please, especially for longer stays. We will offer no tax for state of Alaska employees with appropriate documents.
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Walking distance to Sealife center, waterfront, playground, shops, dining, many activities. Great downtown location on a quiet street. AK Railroad and marina are close by.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: My wife and I moved to Alaska 20 years ago and are raising four active children. We love Alaska, we love Seward.
Why the Owner Chose Seward: My wife and I own the home next door to this one and always hoped that one day we could purchase this historic home.
The Unique Benefits at this House: One block from the waterfront with sweeping views of Resurrection bay from the Front porch. There are additional views from the kitchen, living room and back bedroom. You can see this home in the earliest photos of Seward and we uncover new and exciting details about it's place in Seward history every day.
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Primary:(907) 529-9709Text is also OK
Secondary:(907) 223 2212 (Alaska, USA)Please do not leave a message on this phone
Tertiary:+1 907-279-2810Home phone, cell number is checked more often