Tech Works: Text messages used to be delivered by train

By Kevin Clark

November 30, 2013 Updated Dec 1, 2013 at 12:37 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Today we can send a text message with a push of a button, but 100 years ago in Binghamton, it was done by train.

It's been a century since the first land-based text message was sent from Binghamton to Scranton.

"Tech Works" Prototype Workshop celebrated the anniversary Saturday by showing the public how to send messages in Morse code and how to use HAM radios.

Guest speakers from Lockheed Martin and Corning Inc. also spoke at the workshop.

Tech Works organizers said even though there aren't many manufacturing jobs in Binghamton, there are great ideas that start in the Southern Tier.

"The ideas that have come from this area have changed the way the world does business and certainly the way the world does business," Susan Sherwood, executive director of the Center for Technology and Innovation, said. "For a teeny, tiny town to contribute so much is really wonderful."

Organizers said they want to make Tech Works a world class event.

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