Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Another historic building from Chippewa Falls. I love the design, the plaque in front of the building gives a nice little historic description of this great post office.
“This Federal Post Office Building was built-in 1910 at a cost of $90,000. The property was purchased from the Thornton estate for $10,000. The Neo-Classical design style was often used by governmental architects of the Treasury Department during the period of 1895 to 1930.
regular mail service and the first post office was established at Chippewa Falls in 1851. Hiram S Allen received a commission as the first postmaster and received what little mail there was at the Company Store. Since postage stamps were not in use yet, the recipient of a letter was required to pay for its carriage and delivery before he received it. The usual charge was twenty-five cents.
By the year 1855 mail arrived by Pony Express and two years later a bi-weekly stage line was established between Chippewa Falls and Wabasha, from where the mail arrived up the Mississippi River by river boats. Free delivery of mail was started in 1888 when five uniformed carriers were approved by the Post Office Department in Washington D.C for the City of Chippewa Falls.”
The strange thing is I never found a corner-stone. I even dug around the bushes looking for one. I wonder what people must think when they see a guy rummaging around the bushes in front of a government building. I mean not harm, really, I’m just interested in the building and looking for a corner-stone.
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