This is it! The first telephone in the United States ever to receive a 911 call. Actually, it's a twin of the original 911 telephone used in Haleyville (Ala.) on Feb. 16, 1968 to answer the very first 911 call.

The telephone that was actually used for that first call is now in a display case at the Haleyville police station--the town's 911 museum was closed in 1999 after a fire.

Here's the full story on how 911 began.

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