March 10, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell yelled those now famous words "Come here Mr. Watson, I want to see you!" We all accept that to be the first monumental moment of the invention that would change our lives for ever. Below are a few other dates surrounding the history of the telephone during the 19th century.
1877 July The Bell Telephone Company was formed by Gardiner Hubbard. Watson oversaw the production of the first telephones in The Charles Williams Shop. Bell left for England opting out of the day to day operations of the company.
By the end of 1877 three thousand telephones were in service.
mid 1878 10,000 phones in service. Hubbard named Theodore Vail as the new general manager of the Bell Company.
1878 manuel switchboard was invented.
1879 Telephone subscribers begin to have designated telephone numbers
1880 Long distance service was established
1880's first "metallic" circuits were installed. Changing from one wire to two wire to reduce the extreme static noise from one wire.
1885 The American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T) is formed.
1891 Almon Strowger invented an "automatic" telephone allowing him to dial a number without waiting for an operator. The first one Strowger switch goes into operation in 1892
1899 Bell company had 800,000 phones in service.
Rural independent territories had 600,000