|Getting There |||Bus #502|
|Cross Street |||32nd Avenue|
Profile Last Updated: April 23, 2009
We’ve come a long way from party lines, rotary dialing and renting phones from BC Tel. Nowadays it’s portable phones, cell phones, palm pilots and Tweeting. The Aldergrove Telephone Museum takes us back to the time when telephones were a new and thrilling invention. The display includes an operational main switchboard, vintage telephones, telegraph equipment, repair tools, linesman equipment, glass and porcelain insulators, test equipment, battery boxes, army-style chest microphones, an oscillator, and handsets.
The Alder Grove Heritage Society
The society shifted and restored the original prefabricated structure, which is a 1910 BC mill, in which the Telephone Museum now resides. The building is under active restoration. The holdings consist of records and historic reference material relating to the area, including photographs. The collection also proudly preserves a Strowger step-by-step switch. Almon B. Strowger patented the automatic telephone exchange in 1891 when he discovered that the local operator was married to a rival businessman.