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The first long distance phone call in North Carolina was made on April 14, 1878 from Raleigh to Port City (now Wilmington). It was placed between two telegraph operators over existing telegraph lines and there were extra extensions on each end so that observers could listen. Twelve years later, John Schenk, Jr. brought the first telephone exchange to the Piedmont to serve his Cleveland County Cotton Mill at Lawndale.