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Loneliest Pay Phone

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 19 May 2011 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Along a deserted stretch of U.S. 50 between Fallon and Austin, Nevada.

When I went on-line to check on the condition of things out along the 'Loneliest Highway' - this pay-phone was my principle concern. I would have never thought of anything happening to The Shoe Tree - which is gone.

My concern was for this 'Loneliest Pay Phone' is well founded. Sure enough, you can get mobile phone service pretty much the entire length of this roadway through Nevada. Hence, not much need for this pay-phone anymore - and yet here it is, alive and ready. The pay-phone number is 1+(775) 423-0904 - in case you want to see if anyone is hanging out there.

Just beyond the pay-phone is the 600 foot (183 meter) high 'Sand Mountain' - in case you need a pile of sand higher than the Washington Monument to keep things going well in your world.

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Fascinating image and narrative here. And, yes, it amazes me how much cellular coverage there is in those lonely places and how my friend Skype can still find Lilly way out in the middle of a nowhere like that !

19 May 2011 7:16am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Just tried that number but I guess nobody is awake at this time of morning!!
This looks a clever set up, solar powered and linked to the exchange by radio waves, you have to admire the innovation.

19 May 2011 8:52am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Great text, Stephen! I love it. And this image is totally awesome, that's all I can say - I just love it...this is a great pov for sure...I love that sand mountain and teh view is gorgeous from here...but I am a desert lover....maybe I sfould move to Fallon...Great piece here!

19 May 2011 11:49am

@Denny Jump Photo: Fallon is a fast-food dump. Check out Austin - old, broke, and the highway through town climbs (or drops) more feet vertically than it does east and west. Now there's a place with character.

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great idea !

19 May 2011 11:55am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A rather impressive solar powered transmission setup for this lonely telephone! Nicely captured Stephen! ;-)

19 May 2011 12:49pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice idea and composition. I like this red phone

19 May 2011 4:16pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

"Your call can not be completed as dialed, please check the number and dial again, 0982". Oh well.
This is just fantastic and kind of surreal.

20 May 2011 1:14am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

so isolated in the forefront, so majestic in the distance.

20 May 2011 1:24am

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

C'est radical mais j'aime bien.

20 May 2011 1:54pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

I would definitely use it! :) I don't have a cell phone... I know, you would say how can you not have a cell phone! but I don't and so far don't miss having one ;)
I do love the pop of red! I guess, it would be easy to spot it ;)

24 May 2011 5:44pm

@Magda: Thanks, Magda. Somehow - your not having a mobile phone doesn't surprise me. Bless you. One of my best friends has taken the same course. I envy him - except when I'm stuck in traffic - running late - and can't call to let him know.