Details for Conroe Telephone Exchange

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5339012320


Marker Number 12320
Atlas Number 5339012320
Marker Title Conroe Telephone Exchange
Index Entry Conroe Telephone Exchange
Address 125 1/2 Simonton St.
City Conroe
County Montgomery
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 263754
UTM Northing 3355826
Subject Codes communications
Marker Year 2000
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text A long distance telephone line ran from Houston to Gilbert's Drug Store in Conroe before Mr. Gilbert and Albert Madeley began a local telephone exchange in the store in 1899. Soon after, George Madeley purchased the exchange, naming it Conroe Communication Company. He operated the company from the Madeley Building on this site. In 1929 George Madeley sold the company to the owners of the Lufkin Telephone Exchange. At that time the Conroe exchange consisted of a six-position switchboard with two toll operators, one rural operator and three local operators. By the late 1940s the office was too small for the outdated equipment it housed. In 1954 a dial system was installed in a new exchange building. The system was reorganized into the Lufkin-Conroe Telephone Exchange, Inc., in 1985. (2000)

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