Telephone & Telegraph Certificates

Telephone & Telegraph Certificates

Colorado was a leader in the Western telephone industry, with the first telephone company, Denver Telephone Dispatch Company, opening for business in 1879. This Denver telephone exchange was only the seventeenth such phone exchange to establish itself in the country. This company was short-lived as its founder and other businessmen created the Colorado Telephone Company in 1881, while dissolving the old Denver Telephone Dispatch Company. Other exchanges in the state were not far behind, including H.A.W. Tabors’ Leadville Telephone Company, which was purchased by the Colorado Telephone Company in 1888. By 1913, Colorado had 34 Telephone companies paying their taxes to the state. Colorado has a rich history of telecommunications technology which brought the state, and the country, closer together.

  • Aspen and Glenwood Springs
  • Telephone Company
  • Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado – 1886
  • Big Bend Rural Telephone Company – 1912
  • Burlington Telephone Company – 1905
  • Colorado Telephone Company – 1883
  • Colorado Telephone Company – 1893
  • Colorado Telephone Company – 1910
  • Crested Butte Telephone Company
  • Crested Butte, Colorado – 1907
  • Denver Telephone Company – 1897
  • Denver Telephone Company – 1898
  • Elk Mountain Mutual Telephone Company
  • Steamboat Springs, Colorado – 1905
  • El Paso Telephone Company
  • Colorado City, Colorado – 1904
  • Extension Telephone Company
  • Conejos, Colorado – 1900