A Phone Where the Buffalo Roamed
The rich history of Union Telephone Company, one of the oldest continuously operated, family-owned businesses in Wyoming.
“A Phone Where the Buffalo Roamed: Connecting Neighbors in America’s Outback,” by Terry A. Del Bene, details the remarkable journey of Union Telephone Company since being founded in 1914 by John D. Woody. During the course of over 100 years, the company has evolved from humble beginnings as a small town local landline provider utilizing homemade equipment, to a state of the art wireless carrier with international roaming partners.The story is a classic tale of Wyoming, where hard work, perseverance, and determination are needed to survive and overcome the harsh conditions and rugged environment. Today, the descendants of John D. Woody continue his vision of keeping people connected across the vast isolated Wyoming terrain.Union Telephone is proud to share the history of the Company with the public. The book serves as a testament of how hard the employees and Woody family worked to provide customers and people roaming on our network with dependable service in the rural west.