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Blue Mountain Mutual Telephone Company




Service area: In Kings County along Highway 12, South Alton, Welton Landing, Forest Home, Murphy Lake, Blue Mountain; in Lunenburg County, Aldersville.

The Blue Mountain Mutual Telephone Co. connected to the North American telephone network at the MT&T Kentville Exchange — an arrangement that created an unusual working arrangement between three telephone companies.  The territory assigned to the Blue Mountain MT Company did not touch the territory assigned to the MT&T Company; in fact the two territories were about six miles ten km apart at the closest point.  The intervening territory was legally assigned to the South Alton Rural Telephone Company.  How was the connection between these two companies – Blue Mountain MT Company and the MT&T Company – to be implemented?  Both the Blue Mountain MT Company and the MT&T Company were legally prohibited from installing any lines in the territory assigned to the South Alton RT Company.  The Blue Mountain MT Company could not build a line through the South Alton RT Company's territory to reach the MT&T Company's territory, and the MT&T Company could not build a line through the South Alton RT Company's territory to reach the Blue Mountain MT Company's territory.  The solution is described in the PUB Annual Report for 1922:

In 1922, the wires of the Blue Mountain MT Co. from Kentville to “Patterson's”, a distance of about six miles ten km, were carried on poles owned by the South Alton Rural Tel. Co., and Blue Mountain MT Co. paid South Alton the “ordinary pole rental” rate. [boldface emphasis added]


15 December 1914
Nova Scotia: Blue Mountain Mutual Telephone Company, 15 Dec 1914
Blue Mountain Mutual Telephone Company, 15 December 1914

Thanks to Charles J. Jess.


Note: Frederick Francis Mathers (1871-1947) was
the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
from 31 May 1940 to 17 November 1942.




In April 1922, the Public Utilities Board reported that:

The Blue Mountain MT Co. operates a telephone line between the residence of one Costley at Aldersville, Kings County, and the Kentville Exchange of MT&T.  The New Ross Tel. Co. Ltd. owns and operates a telephone line from New Ross to Costley's residence at Aldersville.  The line from New Ross, and the line from Kentville, both terminate in the same building, but there is no connection between the two lines.  It is this connection, by means of a switch, "which is now sought in order that the subscribers of the New Ross Tel. Co. may have connection" with the MT&T Kentville Exchange over the Blue Mountain MT Co. line.  The New Ross Tel. Co. proposes to install a switch in the Costley house; this switch will normally remain open (no connection) but will be closed to provide a connection between the two lines when required.  An operator will be provided to close the switch when needed.

At present, for New Ross Tel. Co. customers in Aldersville to call Kentville, these messages have to be sent by way of New Ross, Chester, and Halifax.  The rate is 90 cents, but the rate between Aldersville and Kentville would be reduced to 35 cents per call if they were routed by the direct Blue Mountain MT Co. line.

Blue Mountain MT Co. was incorporated in 1914 under the Rural Telephone Act.  After it was incorporated, Blue Mountain built its own pole line from Costley's to Patterson's, a distance of about 10 miles [about 16 km].  From Patterson's to Kentville, a distance of about 6 miles [about 10 km], its wires are carried on poles owned by the South Alton Rural Tel. Co., and Blue Mountain pays South Alton the "ordinary pole rental" rate.

Blue Mountain MT Co. has 15 suscribers, all of them located along that portion of line between Costley's and Patterson's.  At the present time (April 1922) Blue Mountain's subscribers have direct connection with MT&T at the Kentville Exchange, and receive continuous (24-hour) service.

From MT&T records, it appears that for the months of June and July 1921, there were only eight calls to Kentville from the whole of the New Ross Tel. Co. system. [boldface emphasis added]

— Source: PUB Annual Report 1922





On 1 April 1958, the Blue Mountain MT Co. put into effect a new rate schedule, $3.15 per month for each telephone.  The company's share of the charge for each long-distance call to or from any point on its line was 10 cents.

— Source: PUB Annual Report 1958






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