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Deer Lodge in Powell County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Deer Lodge Post Office

 
 
Deer Lodge Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 10, 2013
1. Deer Lodge Post Office Marker
Inscription.  The first post office in Deer Lodge was established on May 21, 1866. It was one of the earliest post offices in Montana. Mail service to the early settlers of the Deer Lodge Valley was very expensive and very slow. Letters and parcels were either delivered by steamboat up the Missouri River or by pony express through Wyoming. Pony express trips took seven days, and a letter cost fifty cents to mail.

Long distance service was provided by private stage line from Kansas, taking 22 days to cover the 1900 mile route. Eventually, the steamboat and stage were replaced by trains, trucks, and planes.

In 1938, this building was dedicated as the new Deer Lodge Post Office. As part of the New Deal program, Verona Burkhard was commissioned by the federal Public Works of Art Project to paint a mural inside the post office. The painting depicts early prospectors and Deer Lodge pioneers Granville Stuart and his brother James. Mount Powell dominates the background.
 
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In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 21, 1886.
 
Location. 46° 23.844′ N, 112° 44.139′ W. Marker is in Deer Lodge, Montana, in Powell County. Marker is on Main Street (Business Interstate 90) south of Milwaukee Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located on the sidewalk, directly in front of the subject Deer Lodge Post Office building, just to the right of the main front entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Main Street, Deer Lodge MT 59722, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Safeway (within shouting distance of this marker); Masonic Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); National Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rialto Theatre (about 300 feet away); Mitchell Block (about 400 feet away); Larabie Brothers Bank (about 500 feet away); Thompson Photo Shop (about 600 feet away); U.S. Post Office (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deer Lodge.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large laser-printed metal plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high metal post.
 
Deer Lodge Post Office Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible just to the right of the entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 10, 2013
2. Deer Lodge Post Office Marker (wide view; marker visible just to the right of the entrance)
Deer Lodge Post Office Cornerstone (<i>located near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 10, 2013
3. Deer Lodge Post Office Cornerstone (located near marker)
Deer Lodge Post Office Mural image. Click for full size.
4. Deer Lodge Post Office Mural
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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