Columbus Post Office Before 1895 & Mail Truck 2013 Location 6th & Washington Streets Columbus, Indiana
Comment: The first "ironic" picture shows a modern day mail truck in front of one of the first Columbus Post Offices around 1890 to 1895. The second picture shows the Columbus Post Office during the 1890s. Notice the streets are unpaved and the Interurban Line rails are placed in the middle of Washington Street. Apparently, View Point Book Store is the present occupant of the old Post Office space in the building. Notice, that the front of the building was extended more on the left front since the 1890s. Compare the two pictures.
Brief: The Post Office was located as stated above. The building was leased by the U.S. Government from Francis T. Crump. The office was 2nd Class and had free delivery. Revenue was from $13,000 -$15,000 per years. The Postmaster was Mr. W. A. Stevens and his assistant was Mr. Joseph Weller. There were 3 clerks, 5 carriers, and 2 substitute carriers.
Member Ricky Berkey said November 2, 2009: "The building is still standing and was recently refurbished with upscale loft condos on the second floor and the new location of Viewpoint Books on the corner. For a long time that space was Nelsons Christian Bookstore and was Indiana Gas prior to that. "
Source: Souvenir and official program: 19th annual encampment, Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Indiana and auxiliary societies, Columbus, In., May 17-20, 1898.