This police call box is located on the Alameda near Race Street and was most likely used by the police and the public to get a direct line to the police station.
The pole still has its phone line hooked to the telephone pole behind Pasta Pomodoros. The box still opens, and a touch tone Bell phone is in there, recently missing its handle ear piece, making it unusable. I hope the city isn't still getting billed for the phone service! There is an old sticker that says this phone is tapped!
They've been pulling up the highway call boxes so the only places I still see emergency call boxes are on College Campuses - SJSU, SCU & Stanford.
Maybe some one could restore this as an art project, but it is definitely a time capsule to a by gone era of when the neighborhood got their first phone, only to be used in the most dire of emergencies!