History of Local Telephone Service

History of Local Telephone Service (HM24S4)

Location: Jacksonville, OR 97530 Jackson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 18.878', W 122° 58.12'

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First Phone Line - 1890
Sunset Telephone Company - 1898
Home Telephone Company - 1910
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph - 1935
Pacific Northwest Bell - 1961
U S WEST Communications - 1984

Jacksonville was started with the cry of "Gold" in 1852, and within a matter of months grew to over 1000 people.

This was nearly a quarter of a century before the telephone was invented.

In late 1890 the first telephone line to Medford was built by Dr. Will Jackson and A.L. Reuter.

When the line opened for business it proved to be a great novelty for local folks. The rate was 15 cents for the first ten words and 10 cents for each additional ten words. There were only the two telephones, one at each end of the line.

By 1899 a regular telephone exchange was established. Ten subscribers were served by this exchange, which looked similar to the one being displayed at your right.

As time went on, Jacksonville phones grew to a dial system and moved into the computer age in 1973 with the most modern communications available.

However, the speed of communications today still

can't compare with the speed with which the cry "that's Gold" spread through the area before the turn of the century.
HM NumberHM24S4
Year Placed1991
Placed ByU S WEST Communications and Griffin Creek School
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 7:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 502582 N 4684711
Decimal Degrees42.31463333, -122.96866667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 18.878', W 122° 58.12'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 18' 52.68" N, 122° 58' 7.1999999999998" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105 N Oregon St, Jacksonville OR 97530, US
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