Humboldt in Humboldt No. 370, Saskatchewan — The Prairie Region
Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery
1912-1975 Postal Service
1912-1932 Customs Office
1933-1964 Royal Canadian Mounted Police Detachment
1940-1945 Wartime Prices & Trade Board
1982- Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery
The original building, completed in 1912 was the postal service and customs office. A one story addition was added to the north side of the building over a two-year period from 1952-1954. In 1982 the building became home to the Humboldt & District Museum & Gallery. The building was declared a National Historic site in 1977, a Municipal Heritage site in 1984 and a Provincial Heritage site in 2010.
In 1913 the hand-wound clock was installed in the building. Manufactured by John Smith and Sons of Derby, England, the clock incorporates the use of two weights attached to two drum-rolled cables, with one weight controlling the time and the other controlling the strike.
The air inside the building during the winter months could become very dry and Postmaster Leo Parker would periodically shovel snow into the building in an attempt to increase the humidity levels. To prevent postage stamps from curling up due to dryness, they were placed in the mail floor vault with a humidifier.
Erected 2013 by Humboldt and District Museum and Gallery Friends of the Museum (sponsor) Humboldt Downtown Business Improvement District (sponsor).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Communications • Law Enforcement • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 52° 11.942′ N, 105° 7.365′ W. Marker is in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, in Humboldt No. 370. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Saskatchewan Route 20) and 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 602 Main St, Humboldt SK S0K 2A1, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Humboldt Post Office / Ancien bureau de poste (here, next to this marker); Old Humboldt Post Office (a few steps from this marker); Humboldt Water Tower (approx. 0.6 kilometers away).
Also see . . . Post Office. The building's listing on the Canadian Register of Historic Places. (Submitted on April 29, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.