Birthplace of GTE

Birthplace of GTE (HMCBN)

Location: Richland Center, WI 53581 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 20.581', W 90° 23.354'

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General Telephone & Electronics Corporation, among the world's largest businesses and a leader in telecommunications, is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut but was born in Richland Center.

Officially founded in 1918 when John F. O'Connell and Sigurd L. Odegard purchased the Richland Center Telephone Company, the firm today called GTE grew rapidly and has telephone operations in 31 states. Designated Commonwealth Telephone in 1920 and Associated Telephone Utilities in 1926, the company became General Telephone Corporation in 1935.

The name General Telephone & Electronics was adopted in 1958 to more accurately reflect corporate diversification.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number261
Year Placed1980
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 11:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 711616 N 4802217
Decimal Degrees43.34301667, -90.38923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 20.581', W 90° 23.354'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 20' 34.86" N, 90° 23' 21.24" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-422 W 6th St, Richland Center WI 53581, US
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