Old Telephone Exchange Names
Los Angeles County

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In 1958, due to increased consumer demand for individual telephone numbers, the telephone company began phasing out old exchange names for all numeric telephone numbers or "All Number Calling" (pretty much gone by 1963). These old exchange names are remembered in Glenn Miller’s song PEnnsylvania 6-5000 and Elizabeth Taylor’s movie BUtterfield-8. Below is a list of numbers for Los Angeles County gleaned from exchange names collected by the Telephone EXchange Name Project and submissions offered by visitors to the Los Angeles Almanac. The list is not exhaustive. We will add new exchanges when we come across them (or you tell us about them).

City Exchange Letters Exchange Name Number
Arcadia/Sierra Madre EL Elgin 35
Bellflower ME MEtcalf 63
Bellflower TO TOrrey 86
Beverly Hills BR BRadshaw 27
Beverly Hills and/or Los Angeles CR CRestview 27
Beverly Hills / Los Angeles CR CRestwood 27
Beverly Hills / Los Angeles OL OLeander 65
Burbank TH THornton or THorndike 84
Burbank TH THorndike or THornton 84
Burbank / Los Angeles TH THornwall 84
Burbank TH2 THornwall 842
Burbank VI VIctoria 849
Canoga Park / Woodland Hills DI DIamond 34
Compton / Gardena / Los Angeles DA DAvis 32
Compton ME MEtcalf 63
Culver City / Los Angeles VE VErmont 83
Downtown Los Angeles TR TRinity 87
Eagle Rock AL ALbany 25
City Exchange Letters Exchange Name Number
East Los Angeles AN ANgelus 26
El Monte GI GIlbert 44
El Segundo / Los Angeles EA EAstgate 32
Gardena / Compton / Los Angeles DA DAvis 32
Gardena / Los Angeles FA FAculty 32
Glendale CI2 CItrus 24
Hollywood HO HOllywood 46
Hollywood MA MAdison 62
Huntington Park MA MAdison 62
Huntington Park / Los Angeles LU LUdlow 58
Inglewood OS OSborne 67
Inglewood / Westchester OR ORchard 67
La Puente ED EDison 33
La Puente ED EFgewood 33
Lancaster WH WHitehall 94
Lomita DA DAkota 32
Lomita / Los Angeles DA DAvenport 32
City Exchange Letters Exchange Name Number
Long Beach GA GArfield 42
Long Beach NE NEwmark 63
Los Angeles CA CApitol 22
Los Angeles AD ADams 23
Los Angeles CL CLeveland 25
Los Angeles VA VAndike 82
Los Angeles / Downtown CL CLinton 25
Los Angeles / Downtown MI MIchigan 64
Los Angeles / Beverly Hills CR CRestwood 27
Los Angeles and/or Beverly Hills CR CRestview 27
Los Angeles BR BRadshaw 27
Los Angeles (South LA, Crenshaw, Leimert Park) AX AXminister 29
Los Angeles / Lomita DA DAvenport 32
Los Angeles / Compton / Gardena DA DAvis 32
Los Angeles / El Segundo EA EAstgate 32
Los Angeles / Gardena FA FAculty 32
Los Angeles DU DUnkirk 38
Los Angeles EX EXbrook 39
City Exchange Letters Exchange Name Number
Los Angeles EX EXMONT 39
Los Angeles GL GLadstone 45
Los Angeles HO HOllywood 46
Los Angeles / Westwood Area GR GRanite 47
Los Angeles HU HUbbard 48
Los Angeles LO LOrain 56
Los Angeles / Huntington Park LU LUdlow 58
Los Angeles MA MAdison 62
Los Angeles / Wilmington NE NEvada 63
Los Angeles NE NEwmark 63
Los Angeles / Beverly Hills OL OLeander 65
Los Angeles NO NOrmandy 66
Los Angeles / Westchester / Inglewood OR ORchard 67
Los Angeles RA RAymond 72
Los Angeles (Adams District) RE REpublic 73
Los Angeles RI RIchmond 74
City Exchange Letters Exchange Name Number
Los Angeles PL PLeasant 75
Los Angeles / North Hollywood PO POplar 76
Compton SP SPruce 77
Los Angeles / Van Nuys / Sherman Oaks ST STate 78
Los Angeles / North Hollywood ST STtanley 78
Los Angeles / North Hollywood SU SUnset 78
Los Angeles UC? UCLA? 82
Los Angeles (San Pedro & parts of Terminal Island) TE TErminal 83
Los Angeles / Culver City VE VErmont 83
Los Angeles / Burbank TH THornwall 84
Los Angeles WE WEbster 93
Los Angeles RI RIchmond 9 749
Los Angeles / Downtown CL CLinton 25
Los Angeles / Hancock Park area YO YOrk 96
Montebello PA PArkview 72?
Mount Wilson HI HIghland 44
North Hollywood / Los Angeles PO POplar 76
North Hollywood / Los Angeles ST STtanley 78
North Hollywood / Los Angeles SU SUnset 78
Northridge NI unknown name 34
City Exchange Letters Exchange Name Number
Norwalk UN UNion 86
Pacific Palisades GL GLadstone 45
Pasadena MU MUrray 68
Pasadena SY SYcamore 79
Pico Rivera OX OXford 69
Redondo Beach FR Frontier 37
Reseda DI DIckens 34
Rosemead AT ATlantic 28
San Dimas LY LYcoming 59
San Fernando / Granada Hills / Los Angeles EM EMpire 36
San Pedro & parts of Terminal Island TE TErminal 83
Sherman Oaks / Los Angeles / Van Nuys ST STate 78
Sierra Madre/Arcadia EL Elgin 35
Torrance DA DAvis 32
Torrance FR FRontier 37
Van Nuys / Los Angeles / Sherman Oaks ST STate 78
West Covina ED EDgewood 33
Westchester / Inglewood OR ORchard 67
City Exchange Letters Exchange Name Number
Westwood CL CLearbrook 25
Whittier OW OWen 69
Whittier OX OXbow 69
Wilmington / Los Angeles NE NEvada 63

Source: Telephone EXchange Name Project