Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library

New Orleans Telephone Exchanges Through the Years
Adapted from a list compiled by David Grant, 1978

Originally, New Orleans telephone exchange names were chosen to reflect a specific locality (e.g., GAlvez [Street]) or part of town where the exchange was located (e.g., BYwater). Later, the phone company compiled a list of exchange names that were unlikely to be mispronounced (e.g., TYler; WAlnut). In the late 1950s, telephone numbers were expanded to seven digits in order to fit into the long distance direct dialing system then being instituted. The use of exchange names was discontinued nationally in the mid-1960s in order to provide a greater number of prefixes.


The following were used with four digits (example: CAnal 5555):
Exchange Area Used Years Used Converted to
ALgiers West Bank 1906 1955 to FOrest 1 & 6
AMherst Lakeview/Midcity 1947 1959 to HUnter 6
AUdubon Lakeview/Midcity 1928-1933;
reinstated 1936
1959 to HUnter 8
BYwater Downtown 1942 1957 to WHitehall 9
CAnal CBD 1941 1959 to JAckson 2
CEdarMetairie19411959 5o JAckson 2
CHestnutUptown/West Bank19411955 to TWinbrook
CRescentDowntown19281957 to WHitehall 7
EDisonWest Bank19511955 to FIllmore 1
EVergreenGentilly19521960 to ATwood 8
EXpressCBD19521960 to JAckson 9
FAirviewGentilly19521960 to ATwood 2
FRanklinGentilly19271957 to WHitehall 5
GAlvezLakeview/Midcity19111959 to HUnter 2
HEmlockDowntown19061927 to FRanklin,
plus four digits
JAcksonUptown/West Bank19091956 to TWinbrook 5
MAgnoliaCBD19381960 to JAckson 3
MAinCBD18791937 to MAgnolia,
plus four digits
OFficialCBD
(used by telephone company)
before 19351958 to LAfayette 9
RAymondCBD19281957 to JAckson 5
TEmpleMetairie19471955 to VErnon 3
TUlaneCBD19481961 to JAckson 4
TYlerUptown/West Bank19491955 to TWinbrook 9
UNiversityCarrollton/West Bank19481956 to UNiversity 6
UPtownUptown/West Bank19031956 to TWinbrook 7
VAlleyDowntown19471957 to WHitehall 3
VIctorDowntown19481957 to WHitehall 4
WAlnutCarrollton/West Bank19101956 to UNiversity 1 & 5

The following were used with five digits (example: WHitehall 0-1234):
Exchange Area Used Years Used Converted to
ARabi 1, 9St. Bernard1961-1962 271, 279
ATwood 1, 8Gentilly1960-1962282, 288
CHestnut 2N.O. East1960-1965242
EDgewood 1St. Bernard1956-1962271
FIllmore 1, 7West Bank1955-1962341, 347
FOrest 1, 2, 6, 7West Bank1955-1962361, 362, 366, 367
HUnter 2, 6, 8Lakeview/Midcity1959-1962482, 486, 488
JAckson 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 CBD1957-1965522, 523, 524, 525, 529
LAfayette 9 CBD
(used by telephone company)
1958529
PArk 1, 9Kenner1960-1962721, 729
TWinbrook 1, 5, 7, 9 Uptown1956-1965891, 895, 897, 899
UNiversity 1, 5, 6Carrollton1956-1965861, 865, 866
VErnon 1, 3, 4, 5Metairie1956-1965831, 833, 834, 835
WHitehall 0, 3, 4, 5,
7, 9
Downtown1957-1965940, 943, 944, 945,
947, 949

Any current 3-digit prefix not listed above was introduced after the use of exchange names had been discontinued.

Copyright © 1978 David Grant


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