Monday, September 10, 2007

125-year-old post office finally gets air conditioning

The Orlando Sentinel asks, "Since 1882, Wood & Swink Old Store and Post Office in Evinston, Florida has weathered shootings, hurricanes and ill-mannered Yankees...but can it survive air conditioning?"

"As Florida's oldest post office delivers its 125th year, the town hopes to preserve the timeworn shop by modernizing it. Plans call for adding central air and heat, a fire-sprinkler system, and ramps and bathrooms for the disabled in stages during the next two years -- but with great care because the structure is on the National Register of Historic Places."

An interesting factoid appears in the article by Wes Smith, "In 1900, there were 76,688 post offices in the United States. With urbanization and consolidation, that number has dwindled to 27,385."

To read the entire article, click here.

For more pictures of the Evinston Post Office, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM