About these . . .


This is a very motley collection of documents from the Post Office Department. There are applications for office moves, applications to establish a new post office, and a few other random pieces of government paperwork.

Some tiny post offices have many pages, some larger towns have a few, and some towns don't have any. There is no consistency at all here, and they are by no means complete.

Most of them have accompanying maps. Some of the maps are wonderful; others are just sad. In defense of the people tasked with drawing them, the post office forms were odd, and, in later years, Kentucky postmaster were asked to locate his PO using townships and ranges. It justifiably left most of them to make up whatever they could.

There is good stuff to be found here. All are pdf's.

For instance, the 1880 application for a new post office at Abbett (with an 'e') says the residents there have chosen the name of Menifee, or King City as the name of their post office. Jennings originally applied to be Rhea. Trout was shortened from Troutville, and it looks like Gum originally applied to be . . . Mamie? It's hard to read.


from the National Archives, see