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Got a Dime, Make a Call

A cache by mesquer Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 4/3/2007
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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In 1889, the first public coin telephone was installed by inventor William Gray at a bank in Hartford, Conn.

By 1902, there were 81,000 pay telephones in the United States.

In 1905, the first outdoor Bell System coin telephone was installed on a Cincinnati street. It wasn't an instant hit; people apparently were reluctant to make private calls on a public thoroughfare.

In the 1950s, glass outdoor telephone booths began replacing wooden ones.

In 1957, "calling from your car" was first tested in Mobile, Ala., and Chicago. Drive-up pay telephones proved popular and are still in use today.

In 1960, the Bell System installed its millionth pay telephone. Today there are 2.2 million pay phones, down from 2.6 million in 1998.

In 1966, "dial tone first" service was introduced in Hartford, Conn. This essentially turned coin phones into emergency call stations because such calls could be made without first depositing coins.

On Feb. 2, 2001, BellSouth announced that it's getting out of the pay phone business. That would make it the first major phone company to do so.

When I was a kid growing up, I remember when a public phone required a dime for a local call. If you called outside of the local area, an operator would come on and tell you the additional cost for the first three minutes. I also remember that I couldn’t keep myself from checking the coin return each time I walked by a pay phone.

With the advent of cell phones, I think that it is a matter of time until public pay phones become a thing of the past. If you look close, you can still see a typical drive-up pay phone.

This cache is located in an area of high muggle-activity during normal working and commuting hours. There always seems to be someone at the nearby bus stop or watching from a nearby business. It is best to approach this cache outside of normal working/commuting hours. However, it can be done anytime if using extreme stealth. You may likely be able to drive right up to this location, using your car as cover.

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