Jacksonville in Jackson County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
History of Local Telephone Service
as Partners in Communications and Education
A RESEARCH PROJECT BY GRIFFIN CREEK STUDENTS
SALUTES THE HISTORY OF LOCAL TELEPHONE SERVICE
First Phone Line - 1890
Sunset Telephone Company - 1898
Home Telephone Company - 1910
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph - 1935
Pacific Northwest Bell - 1961
U S WEST Communications - 1984
Jacksonville was started with the cry of "Gold" in 1852, and within a matter of months grew to over 1000 people.
This was nearly a quarter of a century before the telephone was invented.
In late 1890 the first telephone line to Medford was built by Dr. Will Jackson and A.L. Reuter.
When the line opened for business it proved to be a great novelty for local folks. The rate was 15 cents for the first ten words and 10 cents for each additional ten words. There were only the two telephones, one at each end of the line.
By 1899 a regular telephone exchange was established. Ten subscribers were served by this exchange, which looked similar to the one being displayed at your right.
As time went on, Jacksonville phones grew to a dial system and moved into the computer age in 1973 with the most modern communications available.
However, the speed of communications today still
Erected 1991 by U S WEST Communications and Griffin Creek School.
Location. 42° 18.878′ N, 122° 58.12′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Oregon, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of North Oregon Street and E California St (Oregon Route 238), on the right when traveling south on North Oregon Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville OR 97530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. China Quarter (within shouting distance of this marker); Rogue River Valley Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Three Trees Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); History Right Here - Horse Powers (within shouting distance of this marker); Beekman Bank Well (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacksonville’s Rogue River Valley Railway 1891-1925 (about 300 feet away); History Right Here - Going for the Gold (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.