An Old Telephone

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

TELEPHONES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, UTAH

HISTORY

Prefixes were used before switching to all numerics:
    ORchard 3-xxxx -> 673-xxxx in St. George
    MEdford 5-xxxx -> 635-xxxx in Hurricane
    PRospect 2-xxxx -> 772-xxxx in Springdale

When area codes were introduced, all of Utah was given area code 801. In September of 1997, area code 435 was introduced to southern Utah, including Washington County. Starting on March 22, 1998, only area code 435 was used in Washington County.


PHOTOS

Front of the telephone microwave reflector on the Black Hill
WCHS-00358     Front of telephone microwave reflector on Black Hill
        Back of the telephone microwave reflector on the Black Hill
        WCHS-00359     Back of telephone microwave reflector on Black Hill

Front of the telephone microwave reflector on the Red Hill
WCHS-00689     Front of telephone microwave reflector on Red Hill
        Back of the telephone microwave reflector on the Red Hill
        WCHS-00691     Back of telephone microwave reflector on Red Hill

Telephone switching office in downtown St. George
WCHS-00360     Telephone switching office in downtown St. George

Other WCHS photos:
WCHS-00357     Photo of the Dixie "D" and telephone microwave reflector on the Black Hill
WCHS-00690     Photo of the telephone microwave reflector on the Red Hill
WCHS-01814     Photo of three St. George telephone operators at their switchboard


REFERENCES

Telephone Companies
Harmony Telephone Company
Mountain Bell
Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company
People's Progressive Telephone Company
Southern Utah Telephone Company

Telephone Books
The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company,   May 1941
The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company,   Spring 1954
The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company,   Fall 1958
Mountain States Telephone,   October 1961
Mountain Bell,   September 1972

Helen B. Gardener and Quenton T. Bowler, " The People's Progressive Telephone Company, 1912-17: The Dream and the Reality".
Utah Historical Quarterly (UHQ),   Volume 61, Number 1 (Winter 1993)
Pages 79-94

Southern Utah Memories: Telephone Operator Picketers Get a "Hosing" by Local Men Who Commandeer St. George City Fire Truck,
by Loren R. Webb,   January 6, 2013