FIRST Long Distance Phone Line in Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member paulspaper
N 37° 18.298 W 089° 31.122
16S E 276774 N 4131679
Quick Description: First long distance phone call in Missouri happened here in 1877.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 9/20/2007 7:50:52 PM
Waymark Code: WM287W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 65

Long Description:
In 1877, the FIRST long distance telephone line in Missouri was completed December 18, 1877 between Cape Girardeau and Jackson. In 1896, here in a 10' x 12' second floor room, the city's first telephone exchange was established by A.R. Ponder, L.J. Albert, J.F. Brooks, and M.A. Dennison doing business as the Cape Girardeau Telephone Company.

I'm not sure but I think that it is the FIRST long distance phone call (in Missouri), not just the line. The only other thing I could find out about this plaque was on the Cape Girardeau CVB website: "A bronze plaque at 110 Themis Street, between Main & Spanish, commemorates the first long distance telephone call west of the Mississippi River. The call was made on December 18, 1877 , to Jackson, Missouri, to let the merchants know the steamboats had arrived.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Item or Event

Date of FIRST: 12/18/1877

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