First Yellow Pages
Yellow Pages were first printed in Cheyenne
Yellow Pages in Cheyenne
Did you know that Wyoming Telephone and Telegraph Company published the first yellow pages in Cheyenne in 1881? Well, actually it was a yellow page since there were only six ads printed and the paper was yellow. It was also the first telephone directory in the United States.
The page included phone numbers for all 102 residents and businesses that had telephones. Stebbins, Post & Co. had the distinction of having phone number 1, Senator F.E. Warren was 37, and the Stock Growers National Bank was 94. The list of phone numbers was surrounded by ads for dry goods, confections and ice cream, fresh meats and vegetables, native jewelry, and two boot ads. Both boot ads claimed to have the lowest prices in the city.
The page also contained Special Instructions to Subscribers.
To Signal Central Office – Turn the Crank half around, and when through talking, give another half Turn.