Friday, May 09, 2008

Ochopee post office

Possibly the smallest post office in the world and almost certainly the teensiest in the US, the Ochopee post office is a compact 7ft x 8ft shedworking structure on Route 41 in Florida. A sign nearby explains its history:
"Considered to be the smallest post office in the United States, this building was formerly an irrigation pipe shed belonging to the J.T. Gaunt Company tomato farm. It was hurriedly pressed into service by postmaster Sidney Brown after a disastrous night fire in 1953 burned Ochopee's general store and post office. The present structure has been in continuous use ever since – as both a post office and ticket station for Trailways bus lines – and still services residents in a three-county area, including deliveries to Seminole and Miccosukee Indians living in the region. Daily business often includes requests from tourists and stamp collectors the world over for the famed Ochopee post mark. The property was acquired by the Wooten Family in 1992."
According to Roadside America, Ochopee has a population of 11, the shed has a pair of tiny sliding screen doors to keep out the giant horseflies, and the person who delivers mail from this post office has a daily route of 132 miles.

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