What happened to Anacostia’s call boxes?

Call boxThis call box — at Shannon Place SE and Talbert Street SE — is the only call box I’ve seen in Anacostia (although this box is outside the boundaries of the Historic District) in the past five years, unless I have overlooked other extant call boxes.

Where did they go? What happened to them?

In other neighborhoods throughout the city and downtown many call boxes have been re-purposed around certain themes in the last decade or so. Photos by Dorn McGrath of Anacostia in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s show call boxes on the commercial strips of Good Hope Road and in the interior residential areas of Anacostia.

Areas east of the river, in East Washington, have retained their call boxes. There are call boxes on Naylor Road SE and Denver Street SE that come to mind but none in Historic Anacostia.

I haven’t begun to research this phenomena but my hunch is there is something to be discovered. To be continued …


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