San Francisco, CA


The newly built San Francisco post office…


…still standing after the earthquake of 1906.


PO SF Earthquake


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


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

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

Starkville, CO

PO Starkville CO

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.

Tonopah, NV

PO Tonopah NV

This one has special significance for me as it’s in the lyrics of the Little Feat song, “Willin'”:

“I’ve been from Tucson to Tucumcari,
Tehachapi to Tonopah,
Driven every kind of rig that’s ever been made,
Driven the back roads so I wouldn’t get weighed,
And if you give me weed, whites, and wine,
And you show me a sign,
I’ll be willin’, to be movin’.”

And while I’m at it, I might as well include the Tucson, Arizona, post office:

PO Tucson AZ