Historical marker in Galveston has ties to WWI telegram

Staff Writer

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A small but significant piece of Galveston and American history has been commemorated with the unveiling of the latest Texas historical marker on the island, behind the 1838 Michel B. Menard House on 33rd Street.
The Galveston County Daily News reports the Mexican Telegraph Company, which resided on the island from the late 19th century through 1949, and its most famous telegram, the Zimmermann Telegram, thought to be a significant catalyst for America’s commitment of soldiers to World War I, are memorialized on the marker. It stands next to a small white building in the Menard House’s backyard.
Formerly the property of the Pompeo Urbani family, who ran a grocery store at 19th Street and Avenue O in Galveston for most of the 20th century, the small building was a shed next to their store for many years.
Before the Urbanis owned the small white shed, it housed the mechanics of the Mexican Telegraph Company, conduit of all telegrams from Mexico, South and Central America to the United States, through Galveston by way of a cable stretched beneath the Gulf of Mexico...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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