The year 1925, Main St. Blair, NE
As a Throwback Thursday, Great Plains Communications (GPC) would like to look back on their beginning in Blair. As a four-generation company with 105 years of experience, GPC is proud to service 90 communities throughout Nebraska with nearly 200 employees. Not only do they provide residential services of broadband Internet, high-definition cable television and local and long distance calling, but they have greatly expanded their business services as well. The company has grown to providing business services into the neighboring states of Kansas, Minnesota, Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado.
E.C. Hunt purchased the Bell Telephone and Farmers Telephone in Blair, Nebraska and the move was final. He and his family came from Walthill to run their new business. In 1927, Frederick S. Stott, an architect from Omaha designed a new telephone building providing space for the consolidation of the two Blair telephone exchanges. The approval granted by the Nebraska Railway Commission came later that year, allowing Hunt to purchase Bell’s lines and ensure that Blair, Kennard and Fort Calhoun would receive telephone service from the Blair Telephone Company.