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A Look Inside
the Armstrong, Texas Post Office
Armstrong, Texas

by Phil Lately, TE Postal Correspondent
Armstrong Texas postal strongbox
Armstrong’s Postal Strongbox
TE Photo, October 2003
Although there isn’t too much to write home about between Sarita and Raymondville, it’s nice to know that if you were traveling that lonesome road and did get an urge to send a postcard back home – the little blue mailbox at Armstrong is there for your convenience.

If you need a stamp, however, the tiny facility (about 60 square feet) has pretty short hours. It usually opens at 9:30 and stays open for the next 60 minutes. The current Officer-in-Charge (Armstrong doesn’t rate a fully titled postmaster) is Ms. Longoria who commutes the 20-some miles daily from her home in Sarita.
Kenedy County, Armstrong Texas post office
The entire Armstrong Post Office
TE Photo, 2003
In winter it’s easy to imagine being inside a windowless weather station, but the cozy interior of the building has a more familiar appearance. There’s a small wall of brass-doored boxes, a folded flag and a barred clerk’s window. There’s even the requisite looped-ring clipboard of most-wanted criminals - just in case they might be attempting to blend in with the crowds of passers-by and pedestrians of Armstrong.

As of this writing (October 2003) there were 12 box holders at Armstrong – most, if not all, employees of the Armstrong Ranch. There are also vacant boxes – about 20 of them and the rent is certainly reasonable enough. It’s free.

All of the questions we could think of – both of them - were efficiently answered by OIC Longoria, and she good-naturedly allowed that her job was going to last “until they can find someone else.”
Armstrong Texas post office interior
A patron’s eye-view of the Armstrong Post Office
TE Photo, 2003
We’re happy to be able to share these interior photos of the Armstrong post office. We hope they’ll finally answer the frequently-asked-question of generations of Highway 77 travelers:

“Is that a real post office?”




© John Troesser
October 2003

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