Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Residents of a small Colorado town are pleading for the return of a stolen phone booth that served as the centerpiece of a public park for decades.
Cope residents Vickie Cecil and Lanny Payne said the phone booth was a major landmark in the town of about 56 people for some 50 years.
The booth, in its functioning years, originally sat outside of a Conoco gas station, but later became an ornamental feature of Memorial Park when the station closed.
The residents said the booth didn't have phone service, but often drew travelers who would pose for photos.
"We never hooked it up because the cost is -- well, like you say, everybody's got their cell phones today," Payne, president of the Cope Recreation Club, told KUSA-TV.
Residents said the theft has been reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
"It was just kind of a novelty. It's just sad that somebody would, you know, take our little phone booth," Payne said. "We thought that was a significant piece of our town history."