By Anne Dyni 

Yesterday's News: Waiting for the Mail (First published August 1998)

 

Courtesy of Niwot Historical Society

Postmaster Eva Haddon balances on the mailbag pole as she slips rings attached to the top and bottom of the bag over two hinged bars. When the train passed slowly by, the bag was snagged either by a pole mounted on the railway post office car or by an agent who pulled down on the bag to release it.

In this modern world of telephones, faxes and emails, the joy of letter writing has almost disappeared. We've become too reliant on the instant feedback of the internet. In the 1800s, however, residents of Boulder County anxiously awaited the stagecoach, afternoon train, or the rural mail wagon to bring letters from their families back east.

Establishing a postal system to serve homesteaders...



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