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Mojave Phone Booth

It’s amazing how stories can become more and more interesting the deeper you delve into them. When we read about the Mojave Phone Booth, a solitary phone booth located way out in the middle of the Mojave National Preserve, we had no idea what had happened to it. It was 15 miles from the nearest interstate and miles from any inhabitants. It had been placed there sometime around 1960, to service two local mines. Over the years, with the mines growing quieter, the phone booth had become more and more isolated.

Mojave Phone Booth

In 1997, Godfrey Daniels stumbled across it, wrote down its number: 760-733-9969, and started calling it obsessively from his home in Arizona. After about a month, a woman called Lorene answered. She ran a local cinder mine and had come to make a call. From then on, the booth became almost legendary. People started to call from as far afield as Germany and Italy.

It soon became something of a cult tourist attraction, with people traveling way off the beaten track to see it, and wait for incoming calls to answer. One man spent a month there and answered more than 500 calls from someone called ‘Sergeant Zeno from the Pentagon’.

Then in May, 2000, Pacific Bell and the National Park Service stomped all over the fun by removing the booth. Apparently this was to stop the destruction caused by numerous visitors to the site, but fans of the booth claim they were just being killjoys. It’s unclear what remains of the booth or where it went, but a movie inspired by it was made in 2006. Curiouser and curiouser. RM

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  • oil paintings

    June 24, 2009

    Awesome eye candy!

  • heather

    June 17, 2009

    it’s on netflix instant dl if you wanna watch it….just added it to my queue havn’t sat down to watch yet :o)

  • Sun

    September 8, 2008

    A life preserver in the middle of a barren ocean. What a great idea. Oracles and Portals? I LOVE it!

  • Lintbuny

    March 10, 2008

    I want to see the movie – is it available on DVD yet?

  • Pete

    February 25, 2008


  • yeti

    February 17, 2008

    I remember an epesode of the Nickalodian show peat and peat about a phone booth like this, butit was ALWAYS ringing.

    fun stuff.

  • Schiz0phren1c

    February 16, 2008

    I tried to call it,
    then Bill and Ted came crashing through my roof in the damn phone box…followed by Doctor Who,
    they’re arguing over who pays for the pizza in my kitchen as we speak…
    the cries of

  • gabrielbelmont

    February 7, 2008

    Disconnected dammit

  • hrh

    February 7, 2008

    it was a portal to another dimension until they had to move it

  • Dave

    February 6, 2008

    I agree with Kimberly. Those people out there are crazy. If your car breaks down out there, you may be sacrificed to whoever/whatever those chuds out there worship.

  • Paul

    February 6, 2008

    I lost my virginity in the phone booth.

  • Mark

    February 6, 2008

    I was conceived in that phone booth.

  • JAmes

    February 5, 2008

    Or perhaps it was an Oracle? The Gov’t forced the phone company to remove it because too many people were getting the inside scoop on fate?

  • scott

    February 3, 2008

    i tried to call diconnected i wonder if they have a cell tower

  • Kimberly

    February 3, 2008

    man.. i almost had a panic attack driving through the Mojave. On the roads there are yellow phone cases every so often. I mean… I could not wait to get out of that desert. There needs to be MORE phone booths off the beaten path. They don’t need to be removed. Nothing. Nothing there I tell you. For miles. Panic attack.

  • mike

    February 2, 2008

    This is just the kind of find that will spawn innovative thinking, as if were put there for ET to phone home, wonder who collected the money?.

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