An Old Telephone

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

TELEPHONES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, UTAH

HISTORY

The old telephone and telegraph office was located on the northwest corner of Main St. & Tabernacle in St. George.

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
WCHS-04156   Photo of the old telephone & telegraph office and Bishops' Store House in St. George




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

The heartbeat of St. George unsung heroins of the switchboard
Article by Elaine R. Alder
St. George Magazine, Volume 11, Number 4, July/August 1993, pp. 66-69