The Mojave Phone Booth: The Loneliest Phone Booth in the World

The following is reprinted from Uncle John's Unstoppable Bathroom Reader book. In the 1960s, some miners put a phone booth in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Long after they left, the booth remained ... waiting for someone to call. HELLO? ANYBODY THERE? Miles from the nearest town, the old phone booth stood at the junction of two dirt roads. Its windows were shot out; the overhead light was gone. Yet the phone lines on the endless rows of poles still popped and clicked in anticipation - just as they'd been doing for nearly 30 years. Finally, in 1997, it rang. The windows were shot out and the overhead light was gone, but the phone worked! (photo: Azfoo.net) A guy named Deuce had read about the booth and called the number ... and continued to call until a desert dweller named Lorene answered. Deuce wrote a story about his call to nowhere, posted it on his website ... and the word spread through cyberspace. Someone else called. Then another person, and another - just to see if someone would answer. And quite often someone did. Only accessible by four wheel drive, the lonely phone booth soon became a destination. Travelers drove for hours just to answer the phone. One Texas man camped there for 32 days ... and answered more than 500 calls. REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE Someone posted a call log in the booth to record where people were calling from: as close as Los Angeles and as far away as New Zealand and Kosovo. Why'd they call? Some liked the idea of two people who've never met - and probably never will - talking to each other. Just sending a call out into the Great Void and having someone answer was reward enough for most. Unfortunately, in 2000 the National Park Service and Pacific Bell tore down the famous Mojave phone booth. Reason? It was getting too many calls. The traffic (20 to 30 visitors a day) was starting to have a negative impact on the fragile desert environment. The old stop sign at the cattle grate still swings in the wind. And the phone lines still pop and click in anticipation. But all that's left of the loneliest phone on Earth is a ghost ring. So if the urge strikes you to dial (760) 733-9969, be prepared to wait a very, very long time for someone to answer.
The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John's Unstoppable Bathroom Reader. Since 1988, the Bathroom Reader Institute had published a series of popular books containing irresistible bits of trivia and obscure yet fascinating facts. If you like Neatorama, you'll love the Bathroom Reader Institute's books - go ahead and check 'em out!

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AND IF YOU NEED THE LAT/LON OF THE SITE HAVE SOMEONE THAT HAS BEEN THERE BEFORE GO OUT THERE WITH A GPS AND GET THEM PLOTTED FOR YA .... VERY NICE ARTICLE "DOC"

LET PISS OFF THE NPS AND PUT IT BACK....
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WELL, IF THE PHONE LINES ARE STILL THERE AND ARE LIVE,
SOMEONE WITH SOME INITIATIVE SHOULD TAKE A PHONE OUT THERE AND CONNECT IT UP... BRING AN EXTENSION LADDER, SOME EXTRA PHONE LINE AND "DO IT"
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This phone use to be on the Triple A maps of California. It was a dot in the middle of nowhere near the Nevada boarder and it said " telephone". I read that in an article in the Orange County Register, looked it up on a AAA map and sure enough, there it was. I lived in Anaheim at the time, so it was only a couple hours away. I took a road trip with my brother to find it, never did find the phone booth. We saw some big ass cows and long horn bulls,or whatever they are called, but no phone booth. We asked a couple of people from that area if they knew the location of the phone booth, but they looked at us like we were from Mars or something.
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Wonderfull story, found it while looking for inspiration for my “call-from-any-phone-booth-in-Canada-for-free” business.
Wonder what should I do to reproduce it to my clients.
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