Crash destroys iconic Waterloo phone booth

Pictured is the aftermath of Monday’s crash in downtown Waterloo that destroyed the iconic old telephone booth outside of the courthouse. (Kermit Constantine photo)

A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of East Mill and North Market streets just outside the Monroe County Courthouse resulted in the iconic old telephone booth in downtown Waterloo being destroyed.

The crash occurred shortly after 10:10 a.m. Monday. Police said a Ford Edge driven by Margaret Mueller, 92, of Waterloo, was traveling east on East Mill Street attempting to cross Market Street when her car struck a Jeep driven by Anthony Winker, 46, of St. Louis, which was traveling on Market Street.

Winker was transported by Monroe County EMS to Saint Louis University Hospital for treatment of a head injury. 

The telephone booth, which Harrisonville Telephone Company officials estimate was at that location for about 50 years, was removed from its pedestal following the crash. 

“We’re currently assessing the situation regarding any replacement of the phone booth,” HTC Vice President of Operations Craig Hern said.

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