Collections Spotligh - Rotary dial telephone
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Rotary dial telephone. In 1900, a telephone line from Meeker, CO brought service to Steamboat Springs, a distance of approximately 90 miles. For some time, only one phone existed in town and was located at the Hugus Mercantile store on Lincoln Avenue. Those wishing to make a call had to wait in line. The Yampa Valley Electric Association formed in 1940 and electrification of the rural areas occurred in 1941. Rotary telephones replaced the need for a manual operator. Users could now enter a phone number and call independently from phone to phone. Although invented much earlier, rotary telephones were most popular from the 1930s through the 1980s.