Calaveras Telephone

Calaveras Telephone (HM13BZ)

Location: Copperopolis, CA 95228 Calaveras County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 58.702', W 120° 38.302'

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Present site of one of the last family - founded and - still - operated - by - that - family phone companies in America. Founded by Jim Tower, who strung his first telephone wires in 1895 tacked along posts of barb wire fences, earning himself the colorful nickname, "Barbed Wire Jim." In 1900, Jim was franchised with Alexander Graham Bell to do business with the Bell system. Barb Wire Jim was born in nearby Salt Springs Valley in 1879, having been midwifed by Madame Felix herself. In 1909, Jim married one of his operators, Laura Hazelquist. Barb Wire Jim died in 1936. His wife ran the company until she was succeeded by their only child, Howard. The company is now run by Barb Wire Jim's grandson, also Jim, but not "Barb Wire."
HM NumberHM13BZ
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed1999
Placed ByMatuca Chapter No.1849, E Clampus Vitus
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 707420 N 4206046
Decimal Degrees37.97836667, -120.63836667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 58.702', W 120° 38.302'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 58' 42.12" N, 120° 38' 18.12" W
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Area Code(s)209
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 479 Main St, Copperopolis CA 95228, US
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