Recycling Efforts Keep History for Curtis

Curtis PO

Photo by Michael Berger

It was a dark and stormy day on December 1, 2007 at the Curtis, WA, Post Office. Two super cells stalled over the source of two rivers and combined to produce 21″ of rainfall in a 24-hour period. Heavy rainfall sent muddy water eight feet deep flowing through the town, leaving the area caked in muck.

Once the storm had passed, the work of cleaning up the town commenced. Mud was scooped up and carted away. Buildings were cleared of debris and restored. The Post Office inside the Curtis Mercantile store did not escape unscathed. After much determined effort, the building was restored, and some of the original fixtures were reused in other ways. That includes the original counter top.

The counter top was still in fair condition, so rather than discard the long-time fixture in the building, its historical value was retained by giving it new life as a Curtis Post Office sign above the window. The sign is a welcome greeting to members of the community, and it helps preserves the long history of the office originally established in 1901.

What other types of recycling efforts have you encountered at a Post Office?

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