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Stearns Telephone

 
 
Stearns Telephone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., December 2, 2015
1. Stearns Telephone Marker
Inscription. On September 22, 1877, a Bell telephone was installed on this site in the drugstore operated by Frederick Stearns. An iron wire strung along the rooftops connected the store with the Stearns laboratory a half mile away at the foot of Fifth Street. This service, only eighteen months after Alexander Graham Bell patented his invention, was the first to be offered by the organization which eventually developed into the Michigan Bell Telephone Company. A placard in the store window invited the public to drop in every hour on the hour to speak over the amazing new device. Other private lines followed, but it was a year before the first telephone exchange was constructed with fifteen or twenty subscribers on each party line.
 
Erected 1972 by Michigan Historical Commission and Wolverine Chapter No. 10, Telephone Pioneers of America. (Marker Number S303.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 19.779′ N, 83° 2.743′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 1 and Larned Street, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 1. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 511 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Stearns Telephone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., December 2, 2015
2. Stearns Telephone Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spirit of Detroit (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ford Building (about 400 feet away); University of Michigania (about 500 feet away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (about 600 feet away); State Savings Bank (about 600 feet away); The Iron Brigade / The Twenty-Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Lernoult (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shrine Circus (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Detroit.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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