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Haleyville in Winston County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

First 9-1-1 Call

 
 
First 9-1-1 Call Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 19, 2020
1. First 9-1-1 Call Marker
Inscription.  The first 9-1-1 emergency services telephone call was made from the office of the mayor on February 16, 1968. Earlier in the year, AT&T, which had a near monopoly in the telephone industry at the time, had announced its plans for launching the service from an Indiana exchange The Alabama Telephone Company, an independent entity, resolved to beat the telecommunications giant to the mark and chose the Haleyville exchange to launch its successful effort. With much fanfare, Alabama House Speaker Rankin Fite placed the first 9-1-1 call in the nation to U.S. Congressman Tom Bevill, who answered in the Haleyville police station.
 
Erected 2015 by Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsLaw Enforcement.
 
Location. 34° 13.573′ N, 87° 37.278′ W. Marker is in Haleyville, Alabama, in Winston County. Marker is on 11th Avenue (Alabama Route 13) north of 19th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or
First 9-1-1 Call Marker looking north on 11th Ave. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 19, 2020
2. First 9-1-1 Call Marker looking north on 11th Ave.
near this postal address: 1901 11th Ave, Haleyville AL 35565, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Haleyville, Alabama (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Honorable Frank Minis Johnson, Jr. (about 300 feet away); The Byler Road (about 600 feet away); Factory Cemetery (approx. 6.9 miles away); Byler Road / History of Natural Bridge (approx. 9˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  This Day in History-February 16, 1968. (Submitted on July 19, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Marker is in front of the CVS store. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 19, 2020
3. Marker is in front of the CVS store.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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