Payphones to some are archaic. A dinosaur. But to some it was the only way that kept us connected to friends and family. Now believe this or not, there was a time when we didn't have a phone connected to our hip or a phone device hanging out of our ear.

It was the payphone that helped us to talk to a girlfriend/boyfriend in another town or city as we had our roll of quarters lined up and ready to deposit for time at the operator's demand.

You used to see them in parking lots, bus stations, airports, grocery stores, at gas stations and on street corners. But now they are far and few between. Pay phones. Are there any left in Sedalia?

You've seen Clark Kent transform from a reporter from The Daily Planet into Superman. There have been hundreds of scenes of phone booths and pay phones used in movies and on television. You've seen people walk up and drive up to them. All you needed was a handful of change to keep a conversation ongoing.

It's one of the lines of communications that have slowly disappeared across the United States, or has it? According to a report on, the pay phone is still making millions in Canada and in the U.S.

In Canada, with nearly 60,000 payphones in the country, roughly $300 per phone was made over the course of the year in 2016.

In the United States, the numbers are smaller but there was still $286 million made off of payphones in 2015.

So where are the payphones in our area?

Broken Pay Phone
Jose Gil

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