The Odessa Telephone Exchange

The Odessa Telephone Exchange (HM1LWU)

Location: Odessa, TX 79761 Ector County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 50.767', W 102° 22.108'

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Began operation about 1897, with Edna Fielding as "central" (operator). After Miss Fielding's death in 1902, the Rev. G. B. Ely, a baptist minister, purchased the exchange. Pioneer rancher A. Quincy Cooper bought the system in 1911, and extended service to rural areas, utilizing barbed wire fences as telephone lines. While checking his repairs on a barbed wire line on Jan. 25, 1915, Cooper interrupted the first transcontinental telephone call between Alexander Graham Bell in New York and his assistant in San Francisco. In 1928, the exchange became part of the southwestern bell telephone company.
Marker Number3669
Year Placed1974
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 6:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 749015 N 3526397
Decimal Degrees31.84611667, -102.36846667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 50.767', W 102° 22.108'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 50' 46.02" N, 102° 22' 6.48" W
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Area Code(s)432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 N Grant Ave, Odessa TX 79761, US
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