Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
August 14, 2011
The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to close thousands of post offices that it believes are no longer worth keeping open. The list of possible casualties is buried in the USPS web site (you can study it here). We checked to see if America’s tiniest post office was on the chopping block. Thankfully, it appears to have escaped (maybe it was too small to notice).
However, the post office for Odd, West Virginia, is among the condemned.
Odd is one of many little towns with entertaining names scattered across the country. As attractions, they would be disappointing to visit if they didn’t have something in town emblazoned with the town name — a highway sign or a business — where people can take a photo.
In Odd, that place is the post office.
The USPS has said that its death list is not final. That probably means that the list will only grow longer — but it might also mean that post offices could be spared if their worthiness could be argued. Surely Odd’s post office has value beyond delivering magazines and junk mail. It’s a big reason why travelers visit. Take away the post office, and Odd would be bypassed by those who’d rather see a place with a sign — like Goobertown or Boring.
Send your properly stamped and addressed letters of support to: US Post Office, Odd Rd, Odd, WV 25902
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