First Transcontinental Phone Call Monument.

Woodrow Wilson on Trancontinental Phone Call

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Jekyll Island, Georgia

A unique monument of an old, hand-cranked telephone, sealed in a plexiglass box atop an outdoor pedestal, marks one spot where the first trans-continental telephone calls were made on January 25, 1915. The call connected the Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco; New York; AT&T's president Theodore Vail at his summer home on Jekyll Island, Georgia; and President Woodrow Wilson at The White House. Before that, it hadn't been possible to amplify sound over wires sufficiently to be heard so many thousands of miles apart.

The monument was erected on the 50th anniversary in 1965 by the Dixie Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

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Woodrow Wilson on Trancontinental Phone Call

Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA
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