Mojave Phone Booth removal was ILLEGAL and BASELESS. Please bring it back! sign now

Dear Ms. Mainella:

We, the undersigned, are outraged at the tragic act committed by the National Park Service and Pacific Bell on May 17, 2000. On that day, in flagrant violation of the NPS Historic Sites Act of 1935, the Mojave Phone Booth was ripped from its spot near Cima Dome in the Mojave National Preserve, where it had stood for more than 40 years.

The Mojave Phone Booth was, to the extent of anyone's knowledge, the most remote telephone booth in the world, and was a fitting monument to the golden era of telephony before the arrival of cell phones, 10-10 numbers and fiber optics. It gained notoriety in the late 1990s, when a person known as "Deuce of Clubs" discovered it and promoted it on his website.

The booth was telephoned 24 hours a day by people from all over the world, and people began to make pilgrimages to the lonely Southern California desert to answer these calls. It was an innocent, fun and fascinating experience, and other than the usual litter problems associated with people visiting a natural area, no harm was caused to either to the desert or to those who made the drive. The booth's unofficial curator, Charlie Wilcox, assisted stranded motorists and was at the booth nearly every weekend to participate in the festivities. Gatherings were usually small, and estimates were that 25 to 30 people per week traveled via established roads to visit the booth.

However, over the protests of most park rangers and other personnel, Mary G. Martin, superintendent of the Mojave National Preserve, ordered Pacific Bell to remove the booth in May, 2000.

Since then, appeals to Martin, her boss John J. Reynolds, and other officials have either garnered no response or have resulted in a form letter defending the decision. The cited reasons include vegetation damage, although widespread cattle grazing is still openly practiced in the area. There really was no acceptable reason for removing this desert icon, and thousands of people around the world were saddened and outraged by this short-sighted action.

We demand that the National Park Service order the reinstatement of this telephone booth to its rightful place in the Mojave National Preserve, and afford it the same protection and services as they would any other park attraction. Furthermore, we ask for the severe reprimand of Mary Martin and John Reynolds for this action which, as previously stated, violates the National Park Services own laws regarding the preservation of historic artifacts.


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Latest Signatures

  • 06 October 2015250. Jadin H
    So many BUSINESSES are far worse violators of disturbing the envirnment, why don't you remove THEM?!
  • 26 September 2015249. Lisa B
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No I called the phone and actually spoke to several people at different times. And everytime I called it was such a rush when someone answered. I couldn't tell you why it just was. I talked to people from Ger
  • 25 August 2015248. Jedediah L
    I support this petition
  • 28 July 2015247. Ted B
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No Such an odity should be preserved for its historical significance. I hope it will be reinstated for future funlovers as well as for emergency calls that can be made from it. Please bring it back.
  • 18 April 2015246. Don P
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No Please bring back this piece of history. It needs to be there.
  • 06 April 2015245. Edward G
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No I just watched a documentary on the phone booth and I was deeply touched by the humanist element. What a crock, removing the phone booth,...I know it will never be back, but if it were, I would visit.-Colu
  • 13 March 2015244. C Lc
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No I wanted to visit but wanted to wait till my kids were alittle older & could get the concept. Kind of a shame that the government has to keep thieven things, places & public lands away from the pub
  • 15 December 2014243. Sherry C
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No I read an article in the Uncle Johns Unstoppable Bathroom readers Edit 16, page 15. i really wish i could have used that phone, way to cool, but now sad that it is gone.
  • 11 October 2014242. Robert F
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No The booth had historic significance and should have been preserved.
  • 08 October 2014241. Chris G
    Your URL В Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No The NPS has overreached yet again.
  • 29 August 2014240. Ricardo Gh
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No It's so discordian that the booth should be back!
  • 14 August 2014239. Samantha M
    Your URL www.euclid8.com Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No I am from NYC, this situtation is very similar to the destruction of the orginal Pennsylvania Station. Which resulted in everyone's disappointments. There are some traditions that
  • 21 June 2014238. Corey C
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No Tried to call; it was disconnected already.
  • 19 June 2014237. Michael A
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No Bring it back it was a treasure I see no reason why it had to be taken down.
  • 09 May 2014236. James C
    I support this petition
  • 31 March 2014235. Craig Fw
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No Outrageous! A focal point of the imagination lost for no reason.
  • 26 March 2014234. Karl B
    Your URL В Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No В
  • 25 March 2014233. Wendy V
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No Was planning a trip to booth but it was removed before I got the chance--spoke to several people out at the booth having campfires & also spoke to NBC news over the phone about the booth--they were goi
  • 22 March 2014232. Douglas K
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No Would call & visit if it were there.
  • 22 January 2014231. Dsire M
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No We would like to visit America within a couple of years and would like to answer some calls from the Mojave Phone Booth.
  • 05 December 2013230. John Th
    I support this petition
  • 01 December 2013229. Denis R
    I support this petition
  • 04 November 2013228. Uss M
    I support this petition
  • 24 October 2013227. Greg P
    I support this petition
  • 18 October 2013226. John K
    Your URL В Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No A Tragic Desecration of an Historic Site
  • 24 September 2013225. Nick Woods
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No Put the damn thing back!
  • 12 September 2013224. Andrew Jw
    Ever call the Booth? No Ever visit the Booth? No It's a travesty. Another wrong commited by our government.

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Laurie EscobarBy:
Transport and infrastructureIn:
Petition target:
Fran Mainella, Director, National Park Service

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