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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TINY, BUT NECESSARY POST OFFICE


Deadwood
Population 294
3 folks per square mile
Lane County, Oregon

22 comments:

  1. That is my kind of post office :) We are still hanging on to ours, here in my rural area. Don't know how much longer it will last.

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    1. Michelle -- hope you can hang onto your post office as long as possible. They are essential to many folks like the elderly and the homebound etc. Closing rural postoffices is one more step in closing down rural America. -- barbara

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  2. That's great. One hears about the P.O. cutting costs and closing small post offices like this. I hope not. I'm sure the people who use it appreciate it greatly.

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    1. June -- Closing post offices in rural America was the result of a political debacle and continues on today. Myself and neighbors do not get mail delivery. We depend on our nearby post office for our mail via our P.O. boxes. Driving my truck there is the only way to arrive at the postal place safely. Yes, I know I appreciate it greatly. thanks -- barbara

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  3. That sounds just about like where I live, Barbara!! space to b r e a t h e........ :)))))

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    1. Starr -- So you are a "ruralite" too. I've lived in big cities and rural areas. Give me rural any day. Space to breathe -- that is exactly my place too. thanks -- barbara

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  4. Wow. Barbara. you caught, literally, a little piece of America here!! I wonder who the people are and if they all get along?

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    1. Rita -- These little pieces of America can still be found in many rural parts of Oregon. and I know other states have them too. But there is a calculated attempt being made by some politicians to dissolve them. My little post office (not the one on this post) is friendly and kind. I get much of the news about the local area through the meeting of folks using the P.O. Rural post offices have a warm feeling compared to big city ones. thanks -- barbara

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  5. How very "old west" it sounds. But very modern with handicap ramp!

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    1. Barbara -- Yes, I thought that handicapped ramp was especially nice for the post office to have. Oregon seems to respect its heritage and services to folks in the hinterland. I hope it stays this way. I certainly enjoy it. thanks -- barbara

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    1. turquoisemoon -- thanks for thumbs up on my photo. These little P.O.'s are newsl hubs as well as a place for folks to pick up their mail. Some have large bulletin boards tacked to the outside of their building where residents post -- a dog missing, car for sale, piano lessons etc. -- thanks barbara

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  7. Yes, we have a few of those in our state. Certain folks would like to close them and let the 3 folks per square mile find another venue.

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    1. Tabor -- I know there is a move afoot to close them. To me it is another step to vacating rural America. thanks -- barbara

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  8. The many small post offices in my township have been consolidated into one, serving about 1500. There was some talk of sending us all to the next village for our mail, but it didn't happen. I think that may be because the USPS actually owns the building, vs. renting. That's a different consideration than just terminating a lease and waving good-bye.

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    1. Joanne -- the post mistress at my little post office told me a similar story about our post office. Because there were a large amount of folks that depended on mail service through their P.O. boxes the gov't let it stay open with limited hours. Limited hours are not a problem -- getting no mail is! Glad you got to keep your local post office! == thanks barbara

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  9. I love these little post offices! And you're right, they are necessary in very rural areas. I guess that's why I love them; because whenever I see one we are in a wonderfully rural place.

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    1. Melissa -- I imagine you see quite a few from all the rural areas you have been photographing. Glad you understand how necessary these little beacons of light are to rural folks. In fact I am just leaving to visit my little post office to pick up my mail. thanks -- barbara

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  10. A very nice post office - not too much of a queue!
    In answer to your question about John Stevens Henslow - as far as I can tell there are no books by him available now, however there is a book about him, "Darwin's Mentor" by S M Walters, otherwise known as Max Walters, formerly the director of the Botanic garden, who was once a close neighbour of mine and whose wife was great friends with my mother. However I didn't know that till quite recently!

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    1. John, No queue -- I would be surprised if there ever is. Thanks for the information on Henslow. I will look into perhaps finding the "Darwin's Mentor" book. To think you were neighbors of Mr. Walters who possessed great knowledge about Henslow. You were only steps away from history. -- barbara

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  11. What ever happened to RFD? Do you have it in your area?

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    1. Hattie -- To reply to your question check out this blog I wrote a few years back on RFD. Here is the link:
      https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=4872424549721246994#editor/target=post;postID=8213850656953643634;onPublishedMenu=posts;onClosedMenu=posts;postNum=0;src=postname
      Thanks for stopping by -- barbara

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