Deep in the Oregon Coastal range is a small cluster containing two buildings that represents the town of Blachly. Unincorporated, it serves the folks that seem to live out of sight in the mountains. Population of Blachly is 542 folks with six people per square mile.
Hanging from the post office overhang is an original
old tin sign identifying the Blachly post office. The post office was established in 1892.
And the second of Blachly's town buildings is the now defunct old General Store residing to the left of the post office in the photo above and was built in 1918 by Arnold Myers grandfather. And who is Arnold Myers?
Arnold Myers caught leaving the post office while I was snapping some of the old post office photos. I asked him if he was a local and he assured me that he was by telling me he had lived his entire life in Blachly.
He did say that the building next to the post office was built by his grandfather in 1918 and became the first building in Blachly that was a dedicated General Store. It was sold 20 years ago to a marketing firm.
He told me that the store's architecture had not really changed although I noticed the place had new windows and siding. Arnold told me the porch still was the same design as when it was built. Also he added that parties and dances used to be held in the upstairs.
A General Store with that many years of operation surely has many stories to tell about the community.
Arnold said there were no official historians of the town.