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Any Questions: Are there still pay phones in Columbia?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 4:32 p.m. CDT; updated 7:12 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A reader asked if there were still pay phones in Columbia. Missourian staff and readers found at least these four. They are from left to right: On West Broadway east of Stadium Boulevard; CenturyLink, 625 Cherry St.; Wabash bus station, 126 N. Tenth St.; Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway.

Have a question about goings-on around town? This is part of a project called "Any Questions?" that takes on community curiosities and tries to address them. Submit your questions to submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com or by using the form below this story.

COLUMBIA — A reader asked us if active pay phones still exist in Columbia. It turns out they do, but not all of them are intended for public use.

Many employers, nonprofit agencies and government buildings have pay phones for the convenience of their employees and customers, Greg Baker, market development manager of CenturyLink, said in an email. (We asked Baker for a list of all Columbia pay phones, but he said because of the competitive nature of the business and matters of security, he can't share the list with us.)

With the help of some readers, we've tracked down a handful in the area.

There are two pay phones outside the CenturyLink building at 625 Cherry St. Baker said both are public pay phones and have been there for years.

"It's been there since I was in college," said Baker, and "that was awhile ago."

Calls of five minutes or less cost 50 cents at the two pay phones outside of CenturyLink.

A pay phone hangs on the wall near the lobby of Columbia Public Library on West Broadway, and another is inside Wabash Station on Tenth Street.

Jennifer Seris, a Missourian reader, found one on the 1700 block of West Broadway, where she snapped a photo. 

"I took a pic with my son this summer because I knew he'd have no idea what they were when he was old enough," she said in a post on the Missourian's Facebook page.

Where else have you spotted pay phones around town? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting to @CoMissourian.

Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.


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