The Historic National Road in Ohio
—Communications Center —
The top floor housed the telegraph operations. Personal and business messages as well as communications for the Associated Press, and United Press, and International news Service were handled here.
The second floor contained the long distance center. Operators were responsible for 120 circuits that connected east and west coasts and all other parts of the nation. Special emergency circuits were also located here for use by the press and government agencies. Electric power was provided by on-site generators to make sure that operations would continue in any weather.
Telephone switching operations ceased in 1936 with the installation of an automated system at the AT&T office in Dayton. Part of the original three story building remains.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 53.82′ N, 84° 8.123′ W. Marker is in Phoneton, Ohio, in Miami County. Marker is at the intersection of Old National Road (U.S. 40) and Old Troy Pike (Ohio Route 202), on the left when traveling west on Old National Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4440 West National Road, Tipp City OH 45371, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Phoneton (approx. ¼ mile away); The Village of Tadmor / The National Road (approx. 1.6 miles away); Taylorsville (approx. 2.1 miles away); Tadmor - Taylorsville (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Old National Road (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Crossroads of America (approx. 3½ miles away); Joseph Calvin Paul Memorial Boulevard (approx. 4.8 miles away); Miami and Erie Canal Lock 15 (approx. 4.8 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 3, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.