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Post offices and the past | History Files


Last updated 1/5/2022 at 10:46am

Photo courtesy of Tim Raetzloff

Alpine, Wash., in 1915. The old post office has an interesting past.

Did you ever play post office? I never did, and had no idea of the rules until doing some research on local post offices. A town was measured by its post office, as much as by its school or its railroad depot.

A post office was a sign that it was a real place. The loss of a post office usually marked "the end."

A post office was much more important during the early settlement era. It was a connection point to family and friends left behind. A letter or postcard was the means to stay in touch and let others know how you were doing, and to learn how life was going for them.

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