United Building

United Building (HMXF5)

Location: Abilene, KS 67410 Dickinson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 55.046', W 97° 13.004'

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Built 1887

Completed in 1903, this building once was owned by T.E. Dewey and was known as the Brady Building. In 1904, following a disastrous flood, the building was sold to Cleyson L. Brown, Abilene entrepreneur whose many enterprises provided employment for one-fourth of the community's breadwinners.

The building was known as the Brown Building until 1911 when the Brown Telephone Company, which maintained its switching center at this location, absorbed its local competitor, the Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company, and became the United Telephone Company. Thereafter, the building was called the United Building until its sale in 1966 to the J.B. Ehrsam and Sons Manufacturing Company.

Meanwhile, the financial empire of C.L. Brown toppled with his death in 1935, and Southwestern Bell Telephone Company became the sole vendor of telephone services in Abilene. A part of Brown's confederation survived, however, and emerged from receivership in 1939 as United Utilities, Incorporated. Subsequently headquartered in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, the company grew to become the nation's third largest telephone system under a new name, United Telecommunications, Inc.
HM NumberHMXF5
Marker Number3
Year Placed1976
Placed ByAbilene Bicentennial Project
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 12:51am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] TIM SHEEHAN  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 654600 N 4309125
Decimal Degrees38.91743333, -97.21673333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 55.046', W 97° 13.004'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 55' 2.76" N, 97° 13' 0.24" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-406 NW 3rd St, Abilene KS 67410, US
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