Details for Odessa Telephone Exchange (Atlas Number 5135003669)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5135003669


Marker Number 3669
Atlas Number 5135003669
Marker Title Odessa Telephone Exchange
Index Entry Odessa Telephone Exchange
Address 205 N. Grant Ave.
City Odessa
County Ector
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 749063
UTM Northing 3526429
Subject Codes communications
Marker Year 1974
Marker Location 205 N. Grant St., Odessa
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Began operation about 1897, with Edna Fielding as "central" (operator). After Miss Fielding's death in 1902, the Rev. G. B. Ely, a baptist minister, purchased the exchange. Pioneer rancher A. Quincy Cooper bought the system in 1911, and extended service to rural areas, utilizing barbed wire fences as telephone lines. While checking his repairs on a barbed wire line on Jan. 25, 1915, Cooper interrupted the first transcontinental telephone call between Alexander Graham Bell in New York and his assistant in San Francisco. In 1928, the exchange became part of the southwestern bell telephone company.