Wednesday, December 21, 2011
What's Your Number?
As the population continued to climb and the Baby Boomers kept getting older, the demand for services also grew. In late June 1973, for the first time, the entire state did not have just one telephone Area Code. For us here in southwest Virginia, and also stretching up the Shennandoah Valley into Northern VA we got to keep our familiar "703". However, to call friends and family in Tidewater, or Charlottesville, or many other points central and east we had to learn a new three digit number ... "804".
This was the decision of the good ol' C & P Telephone Company of Virginia (Chesapeake and Potomac). According to them, there were some 600 different central office codes (that's the first three digits of your phone number after the Area Code) that could be used within one Area Code designation. They needed more to keep up, therefore it made sense to split the state.
Also in the 1970's, Blacksburg had two exchanges ... "552" and "951" and Virginia Tech added "961" to distinguish them from the town.
Posted by Dennis