Here’s how a phone booth on the side of a highway in Arkansas landed on the National Register of Historic Places

Midwest, News, Preservation
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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An Airlight phone booth in Kelley, Iowa (Courtesy Phone Booth In Kelley Iowa / Facebook)

An Airlight phone booth in Kelley, Iowa. (Courtesy Phone Booth In Kelley Iowa / Facebook)

It’s no TARDIS, but the Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Airlight telephone booth, on U.S. 62 in front of the Colonial Motel, has defied cell phones and a near fatal encounter with a runaway SUV to become the first phone booth listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Winners of New York’s Telephone Booth Redesign Competition Announced

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
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(Courtesy FXFOWLE)

The Loop telephone booth proposal by FXFOWLE. (Courtesy FXFOWLE)

The “payphone”—like subway tokens—is a word that has increasingly become synonymous with an older New York. It’s been years since many of us have even stepped into, let alone used, one of those bulky, eerily abandoned and, let’s face it, uninviting, telephone booths peppering New York City’s sidewalks. But unlike subway tokens, the payphone is making a comeback.

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