Location Scout Highlight: Mojave Phone Booth
Any location scout worth his / her salt loves a quirky, off the wall location. Herein we present: Mojave Phone Booth.
The following is reprinted from Uncle John’s Unstoppable Bathroom Reader book.
In the 1960s, some miners put a phone booth in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Long after they left, the booth remained … waiting for someone to call.
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by eyetwist – also where I found out the phone booth was removed in 2001 🙁
The Mojave phone booth was a lone telephone booth in what is now the Mojave National Preserve in California, which attracted online attention in 1997 due to its unusual location. Placed in the 1960s, the booth was eight miles (13 km) from the nearest paved road, fifteen miles (24 km) from the nearest numbered highway, and miles from any buildings. Its telephone number was originally (714) 733-9969, before the area code changed to 619 and then to 760.
…I began calling every day, taping each call. As the line rang, I would state the date & time of the call. Anyone who visited my house since then has been required to call, identifying herself/himself on the tape, saying the date, time, & anything else that occurred to them. I stuck a Post-It® note to my bathroom mirror as a daily reminder: “Did you remember to call the Mojave Desert today?” So far I had half an hour’s worth of tape of a ringing line accompanied by miscellaneous/extraneous comments of visitors. (E.g.: “It’s May the 31st in the middle of nowhere. This is Coppe ringing! So you better pick it up!” Then: “Water … waaaaater ….”)
A different phone booth in the Mojave Desert?
See also: Location Scout Resource: California
Location scout resources for the western U.S. State of California, including film office information, facts, news, other references and data of interest to location scouts, location managers and other production personnel.