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As with the rest of our world, communications have been an evolving aspect of Boxwell. In the 1960s, the reservation had one line in and it went to an old-school switchboard at the Cripple Crab. (The switchboard is today located in the Sumner County Museum in Gallatin). By the late 1960s, Boxwell was peppered with pay phones--several up at the Cripple Crab and one at each of the Trading Posts when the permanent buildings were completed. Important messages were communicated by bike courier, known as a "Crabbie."

This set up continued well into the 1990s for the most part, though the individual camp phones were eventually pulled out. Each camp communicated with each other through CB radio and if you wanted to make a phone call, you waited in lines for a pay phone at the Cripple Crab.

In 1997, the CB radios were replaced with hand held radioes, a variation of which are still in use today. By the early 2000s, the final pay phones were removed, made obsolete by the steady and increasing number of personal cell phones.