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When Glenwood made the switch to rotary calls

Willa Soncarty, Registrar, Frontier Historical Museum

“Number, please.”

The pleasant telephone operator’s voice that greeted callers was officially replaced by a dial tone on Dec. 29, 1957. Rotary dial telephones had been installed in Glenwood Springs. With the new equipment came new possibilities in communication.

The rotary-dialed telephone allowed Glenwood Springs residents to dial local and long distance calls directly. In conjunction with the new equipment came the addition of the new “945” prefix and a four-digit telephone number.

The equipment changes also facilitated a change at 921 Grand Ave., with the construction of a new building by the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company. The building housed new switching equipment and a business office, and a few operators were retained to connect long-distance calls not yet hooked up to the long-distance system.

As 1957 closed, gone were the simple telephone numbers, such as 302 and 651-J, that had been assigned to Glenwood Springs telephones for 64 years. A new era of communication had begun. The world was now easily accessible to all the town’s residents.

“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, located at 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. The museum’s winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Thursday through Friday. For more information, call 945-4448.

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