San Francisco, CA

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The newly built San Francisco post office…

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…still standing after the earthquake of 1906.

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For a time, the city’s post office carried out its duties…

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… in tents, such as this one in Golden Gate Park…

…and this one at the refugee camp in Hamilton Square.

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Starkville, CO

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Opened in 1879, the Starkville, Colorado, post office was burnt to the ground, along with a neighboring YMCA and a supply store, in 1927. The arsonists were said to be coal miners, members of the IWW, striking for better conditions. In 1910, the Starkville mine was the scene of a coal dust explosion that left 59 miners entombed more than a mile underground. In the 1920s, miners across Colorado sought to unionize; mine owners made every effort to sabotage the effort, and violent acts were committed on both sides of the conflict.