The Telephone Exchange

The Telephone Exchange (HM21MA)

Location: Baker City, OR 97814 Baker County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 46.604', W 117° 49.849'

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Baker City Historic District

—Established 1874 —

Hand-cranked telephones first rang in Baker City in 1889. Not until 1898, however, did a company succeed in establishing 24-hour, central exchange service. When inaugurated, the system had 40 subscribers and one operator on duty.
The first exchange was in the Wisdom Drug Store at the southwest corner of Main Street and Valley Avenue.
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph (later to become Pacific Northwest Bell) acquired the system in 1900. In 1910, the company built this building for its exchange and offices.
The telephone company moved in 1954, and the building remained vacant for many years. It was renovated as a restaurant in the 1970s.
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HM NumberHM21MA
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Placed ByHistoric Baker City, Inc
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Date Added Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 434265 N 4958484
Decimal Degrees44.77673333, -117.83081667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 46.604', W 117° 49.849'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 46' 36.24" N, 117° 49' 50.94" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1934 1st St, Baker City OR 97814, US
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