Swedish Phone Booth – Lindsborg, Kansas - Atlas Obscura

Swedish Phone Booth

A unique blue and yellow phone booth in America's "Little Sweden." 


Want to make a phone call from Sweden? Instead of traveling to Stockholm, you can pretend to call from the Swedish phone booth in Lindsborg, Kansas.

The unique phone booth is named Tala Dala, after the traditional carved, wooden Swedish horses. It’s a British-style phone booth painted in the traditional Swedish colors of ljust mellanblå and guldgult—that’s light blue and golden yellow for those of you who aren’t familiar with Swedish.

The exterior and interior of Tala Dala were painted in rosemaling by Carla Wilson, an extremely talented artist in town. The phone booth is located in downtown Lindsborg, and is quite possibly the most popular location for snapping a selfie. 

The phone booth and Dala horses aren’t the only hints of Sweden you’ll find in this Kansas town. Lindsborg—dubbed “Little Sweden”—was founded by Swedish immigrants in the 1870s. Swedish traditions continue throughout the year with the annual Messiah Festival for the Arts, Midsummers, St. Lucia Festival and the ever-popular monthly Makers Street. You’ll often see the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers perform. Be sure to stroll up and down Main Street to photograph the Dala horse herd.

Know Before You Go

Lindsborg is located north of Wichita and south of Salina just a couple of miles west of I-135. Downtown is located a couple of blocks west of Harrison-Cole Street.

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