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Does the phone in the phone booth on West Louther Street across from the U.S. Post Office still work?
If Clark Kent ever found himself in the middle of a disaster in downtown Carlisle, he would still have at least one place to throw on his cape and become Superman.
A phone booth with a pay phone remains situated in the first block of West Louther Street across from the U.S. Post Office, standing like a lonely relic of a time before the proliferation of cellphones and an ever connected world.
For the younger readers, in the early days of the Superman comic, TV show and movies, Clark Kent would duck into a phone booth and quickly emerge as Superman and thwart danger.
The phone booth in Carlisle, while still standing, does not in fact make phone calls.
I recently entered the phone booth, picked up the handset and heard no dial tone.
“Maybe you have to put money in first,” I thought.
So, I pulled out the 50 cents the weathered decal stated was required to make a call, ready to make my first call from a pay phone in more than a decade.
The quarter, two dimes and a nickel clinked and clanked as they tumbled through the mechanics inside the phone.
The quarter missed on the first attempt and came out the coin return, almost building anticipation.
I dropped it in again.
Still nothing, no dial tone, no message, just silence.
Multiple attempts to retrieve my 50 cents were unsuccessful.
A black plastic container meant to hold a phone book still hangs on the inside of the phone booth. Even that is a hollow shell. No phone book was secured inside.
The final verdict on the phone booth is it remains a decent space for superheroes in need of a quick change, but as for actually making phone calls, it’s a missed connection.
The phone booth is currently owned by CenturyLink, according to borough officials. Multiple attempts to reach CenturyLink went unanswered.
Color Carlisle has expressed interest in using the booth as part of an art installment.
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