In 1844 Samuel Morse used the first Utility Pole after trying to build a 40 mile telegraph line between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC. When the underground cables proved to be too faulty he bought poles and strung his lines overhead. Here is his newspaper advertisement.
"Sealed proposals will be received by the undersigned for furnishing 700 straight and sound chestnut posts with the bark on and of the following dimensions to wit: 'Each post must not be less than eight inches in diameter at the butt and tapering to five or six inches at the top. Six hundred and eighty of said posts to be 24 feet in length, and 20 of them 30 feet in length.'
The life of telephone poles averages between 25 and 50 years. Most are southern yellow pine but various other trees are used. This one has been replaced by another variety and now the fallen hero has a new purpose.