Walk through the galleries of the Dickinson County Heritage Center and visit the Museum of Independent Telephony. This exhibit area features different types of telephones and other communication devices throughout the history of telephony.
In 1884 there were nationally 6,000 independent telephone companies. The museum tells their stories which still remain an important part of the history of telephones. Many of these smaller companies merged to create larger companies that still exist today. One of these was created by C. L. Brown in 1899 in Abilene as the Brown Telephone Company. His business grew throughout the decades following and is now more commonly known as Sprint.