A while back I said I was going to have an occasional series of pictures of unique post offices around the state. Then, you know, I forgot all about it until Audrey posted some beautiful photos of the post office in the hometown of Hope Creamery. As is happening all over the country, many of these small town post offices are being considered for shutdown or consolidation. On a business level, it makes sense; as I heard some radio commentators saying the other day, "Why would you keep a post office open in a town of 15 people?" But if you've lived or traveled through some of these towns, you realize that the post office isn't just a business, but a vital part of the town and its social structure. In some cases, closing the office would mean residents (some of whom are quite elderly) will have to travel considerably farther. I don't know the answer; the post office can't keep hemorrhaging cash--that's not even remotely sustainable. But it's hard to see these towns lose something that means so much to them, much more than to we city dwellers, who have post offices all over the place and can buy stamps at our ATMs and Cub Foods.
So, back to post offices, this one in the town of Whalan.
One thing I really enjoy about being on the road is all the unexpected little charmers I stumble across. I've started documenting those in my Church Project posts. You can also see the beauty of abandoned buildings in some of Audrey's posts. There's just something appealing about the everyday sights that are sometimes so easy to just drive by. Another category that I enjoy, besides churches and abandoned buildings, is post offices. My own PO here in Eden Prairie is your run-of-the-mill utilitarian brick building with a flagpole. Snore. But in other parts of the state, function and charm go hand in hand.
Such as this up-north outpost in Lake George. How can you not love a post office housed in a log cabin? With flowerboxes? Buying stamps would would so much more worth the time to do in person if I could stop at this office.