Rural Post Offices - Images
Office Closings in Texas
by Brewster Hudspeth
The recent news of some 3,600 post office closing nationwide included
a list of nearly 200 potential closings in Texas. It’s a cost-cutting
Offices by Mike Cox
With email and other forms of digital communication virtually (pun
intended) having killed old-fashioned first class mail, it’s time
to pay more attention to the history of all the hundreds if not thousands
of post offices Texas has had over the years. Many have been closed...
Office Images - List by Towns:
Pithy Tale of Owney, the Post Office Pup
by Maggie Van Ostrand
Owney was a muttly terrier who rose from the ranks of the homeless
to celebrity status with his image on the newly issued U.S. Forever
postage stamp. His life was that of a courageous 19th-Century pioneer
pup, fighting the odds, if not the Indians...
Postman Rang More Than Twice in Karnack
by Mike Cox
Delivering mail along his 75.10-mile daily route in rural East Texas
from 1919 to 1969 through two-wheeled, mule-drawn cart, then horse
and buggy days, to automobile.
Skillman, frontier mail courier by
Today, historians know Skillman best as the man who drove the first
west-bound Overland Butterfield Mail stage from Horsehead Crossing
on the Pecos River to El Paso in 1858.
by Mike Cox
With five cents in postage and an additional 20 cents for special
delivery, the envelope had left the Panhandle shortly before 8 a.m.
that day. The plane carrying it and airmail landed in Kansas City,
where postal workers transferred the bag holding the letter to Bush
to another plane. That aircraft reached the Windy City at 9:30 p.m.
From the airport, the letter and others went by truck to the north
side post office. When it arrived there, a carrier drove it to Bush’s
residence for delivery only 15 hours and 30 minnutes after it left
Amarillo. While that is snail-like compared with email, it was incredibly
fast for 1930, especially to the Bush brothers...
It's in the mail by
How about some true mail tales from the past?
by Mike Cox
Not many people are still around who remember Fritch’s colorful
former postmaster, but a lot of people have laughed at the stories
told by the most famous son of Fritch -- comedian Ron White of Blue
Collar Comedy Tour fame...
AND CACTUS: February 14th, Valentine, Texas By
The Naming of Valentine, Texas, The Post Office, The Postmark, and
How to get your Valentine postmarked Valentine, Texas
Over The Rio or Waiting for Goddard
By Phil Lately
The First International Rocket Mail in the Western Hemisphere
Corners and The Doctor by
Barbara Duvall Wesolek
Texas Post Offices Forum
wait to explore this newest addition to your site! As a Postmaster,
I am especially going to enjoy it. Wanted to clue you in on my own
office. Even though the building is only about 3 years old, it's facade
is built to resemble the mercantile store that sat on the site over
100 years ago. The town's residents gathered the money to pay an architect
to modify the standard format the Postal service was planning for
the location. Thus as Glen
Flora's Post office is the "oldest" new Post Office, Burton has
the "newest" old Post Office. Come see us! - Kathryn Cockroft Postmaster
Burton TX 77835, July 03, 2002
Texas Post Office Murals: Art for the People