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Everglades Post Office is smallest in U,S.Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 8:18 PM
The full description and history of the building is written on a nearby plaque:
The building was formerly an irrigation pipe shed belonging to J.T. Gaunt tomato farm. It was hurriedly pressed into service by postmaster Sydney Brown, after a disastrous night fire 1953 burned Ochopee, Florida's general store and post office. The present structure has been in continuous use ever since--as both a post office and a ticket station for Trailways bus lines--and still serves residents in a 3-county area, including delivery to Seminole and Miccosukee Indians living in the region. Daily business often includes requests from tourists and stamp collectors the world over for the famed Ochopee post mark. The property was acquired by the Wooten family in 1992.
There are several Indian villages along Highway 41 near the post office, and I was amazed to see buildings with unique thatched roofs. The villages appear to be surrounded by wooden privacy fences, but it would seem that they also serve to keep the alligators out.
Nearby Highway 75 is known as "Alligator Alley," but we saw several in the ditches along 41.
It is absolutely fascinating country!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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