Downtown Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The First Telephone
was installed in Las Vegas
Dedicated during Las Vegas'
Erected 1980 by Central Telephone – Nevada.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 36° 10.293′ N, 115° 8.774′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. It is in Downtown Las Vegas. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fremont Street and South Main Street. Marker is set in the sidewalk, on the southeast corner of South Main Street and Fremont Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: One Fremont Street, Las Vegas NV 89101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Las Vegas' Most Historic Hotel & Casino (within shouting distance of this marker); Gaming / Helldorado (within shouting distance of this marker); Fremont Street (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Block 16 (about 700 feet away); Neon / Atomic Testing The Flame Restaurant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nevada Motel (approx. ¼ mile away); County Courthouses (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
1. Centel - The Central Telephone Company
When this marker was placed, the Central Telephone Company of Nevada provided telephone service to the city. Central Telephone - Nevada, was then a subsidiary of Central Public Service Company of St. Louis, Missouri, which would become Centel in 1982. Sprint purchased Centel in 1993. In 2006 Sprint spun off it’s wireline business that included telephone service in Las Vegas as Embarq, which was acquired by CenturyLink in 2008. CenturyLink is currently the incumbent landline telephone service company in Las Vegas. Las Vegas telephone service was never part of AT&T’s Bell System.
The telephone installation referred to in this marker was a private telephone line installed by the Las Vegas Trading Company in 1907. But the Las Vegas Trading Company quickly turned into a real telephone company, installing telephones for others and was renamed the Consolidated Power and Telephone Company
— Submitted March 1, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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