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N.S. highway named in honour of Alexander G. Bell

March 10, 2010, Baddeck, N.S. - A stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway in Cape
Breton has been named in honour of one of the most important inventors of the 19th and 20th centuries and his wife.


March 10, 2010
By The Canadian Press

The Nova Scotia government says Highway 105, which links North Sydney and Port Hastings, will now be known as Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell Way.

Bell, the inventor of the telephone, was born in 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland, but moved to Canada in 1870 and eventually built a summer home in Baddeck, N.S.

Bell is also known for his role in the launch of the Silver Dart in Baddeck in 1909 — the first flight of a controlled, powered aircraft in Canada.

The government says naming the highway pays tribute to the couple's contribution to telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics, and their work with the deaf community.

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Today's announcement in Baddeck — home of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site — also marks 134 years since the first sentence was clearly transmitted over the telephone.