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The E.H. Danner Museum of Telephony is located in Officers’ Quarters No. 4 at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark in San Angelo. The museum opened on July 13, 1990, and contains over 100 telephones and other equipment related to the history of the telephone.

By viewing this website, you will see early telephones and how technology has changed through the years. You will learn how different phones worked and the impact they have made on people’s lives. You can investigate the telephone’s role in world events – and meet some of the prominent people who were involved in the industry.

After visiting our site, we hope you will imagine what the phones of the future might look like, how people will communicate in the future, and what changes are still to come.

Parent/Teacher Guide

History of the Telephone

Phones of the Period

Two books were used extensively in the research for this site:

  • “The Heritage of Time: The People and Times of GTE Southwest, 1876-1988” by Larry Johnson
  • “The History of GTE: The Evolution of One of America’s Great Corporations” by Thomas McCarthy

Creation of this site was a collaborative effort between Verizon, the West Texas Collection and ASU’s Information Technology Department. Special thanks go to the members of the GTE Pioneers Club, who were instrumental partners.