April 19, 1878

On this date telephone service came to St. Louis for the first time. The new phone company had twelve original customers. It also came to Hannibal in 1878.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.