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The way it was: 1 millionth telephone -- 1948

Sep 16, 2012 - Staff

When comprehensive telephone service came to Wyoming early in the 20th century, the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Co. provided it. Mountain States was a primary telephone company for Wyoming and six other states.

Four decades after most Wyoming towns got phone service, Mountain States installed the 1 millionth telephone in its service area -- and that phone was in rural Fremont County,

Carroll and Mayme Riggs farmed 14 miles northeast of Riverton, and it happened that their rural home got phone No. 1 million in the Mountain States system. A special phone with an engraved plaque was installed by local phone man Don Anderson, and Wyoming Gov. Lester C. Hunt was among several dignitaries who showed up at the Riggs farm to watch Mayme place the first call. The line was busy on the first try, but soon she was connected to her mother in Snyder, Okla.

The telephone number for the millionth Mountain States installation was Riverton 2274.

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