Hey, that’s more than I ever accomplished. The Mojave phone booth was a lone telephone booth in what in what is now the Mojave National Preserve in California. The booth was set up in the 1960’s to provide phone service to local volcanic cinder miners and others living in that area.
The California government mandated that a network of “policy stations” be established for the residents of more isolated areas. Despite the phone booth being 13km from the nearest paved road and 24km from the nearest highway, the internet discovered it in 1997.
By that time everyone had a landline, so the phone booth left stranded in the middle of a desert gained everyone’s attention. People called the booth’s number, (714) 733-9969, and even went to visit it, hoping that they would get a call. It became one of those land-mark places that your parents would drag you out to see during your family road trips.
The booth was removed by Pacific Bell in 2007 by the request of the National Park Service to end the environmental impact of visitors and the increased traffic that angered the locals. A headstone was set in place, but that was soon removed as well. Fans claim that Bell Pacific destroyed the enclosure after its removal.
This story inspired the independent short film, Dead Line, and the full-length movie, Mojave Phone Booth. A question that keeps ringing in my head is why didn’t they just sell the phone booth to a museum?