HAT CREEK - The Hat Creek Post Office is 135 years old this year, but isn’t quite looking its age anymore.
A crew of four - Pat Wade, Jeb Hanson, Dan Goddard and Ed Cook - put up new cedar siding on the building during a two-day, partial restoration project.
“We got a new sign and new siding,” Cook said. “It had old cedar siding that was falling off.”
Cook said the post office is a historic site in Niobrara County, and the county’s historical society helped pay for the new siding and other materials for the office’s restoration.
“We finished it up the day after the election,” Cook recalled. “It looks good.”
Cook noted the post office is the polling location for the Hat Creek area.
Cook said the crew wasn’t quite ready to rest on the laurels of a job well done yet. He added they will continue working on the post office after the winter.
The Hat Creek Post Office was founded in 1877, and the existing building was constructed in 1883. Residents in the area had mail service until 1927 with John Storrie, Andrew Falconer and possibly others serving as postmasters.
The post office was moved two more times: once in the late 1930s and again in 1952, where Mable Osborn was postmaster for 22 years. After that time, Robert Owens drove mail on the Hat Creek route three times per week.
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