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This Day in Georgia History

January 25, 1915

First Transcontinental Phone Call from Jekyll Island

The first public transcontinental telephone call was placed from Jekyll Island. There, AT&T president Theodore Vail called Pres. Woodrow Wilson in Washington, Alexander Graham Bell in New York, and Thomas Watson (Bell’s assistant) in San Francisco. In January 1965, the Dixie Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America marked the 50th anniversary of that phone call by erecting this exhibit on Jekyll Island showing a telephone of the type used in the 1915 transcontinental phone call.