fishing, whaling and agriculture. As the fishing industry grew,
salt works sprang up in the town to help preserve the catches. However, the
town's growth helped deplete the town of lumber, a situation that did not begin
to be remedied until the railroad came and brought lumber from the mainland in
the mid-to-late 19th century. The rail also helped bring tourism to the town.
In 1898, the French Cable Company built a 3,200-mile-long (5,100 km)
transatlantic cable to Orleans, which operated from the French Cable Station.
The town's tourism industry was helped in 1961 with the creation of the Cape
Cod National Seashore by President John F. Kennedy