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Hempstead in Waller County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Former Waller County Post Offices

 
 
Former Waller County Post Offices Marker Front image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, October 28, 2018
1. Former Waller County Post Offices Marker Front
Inscription.  Before the age of modern communication, the postal system was a vital link between isolated rural settlements. Early Waller County post offices were often located in a residence or general store near the local church, gristmill, cotton gin, or blacksmith shop. They provided a center of community activity where families could socialize and purchase supplies as well as pick up mail. They were sometimes used as polling places during elections. The area covered by each post office was small since travel by wagon and horseback over dirt roads was difficult and slow. Although most facilities served farm villages, others were situated at railroad stops or sawmill towns. A storekeeper, miller, or other community leader filled the position of postmaster.

The need for numerous small post stations decreased with the advent of motor transportation and improved roads. Larger towns absorbed some of the facilities; Rural Free Delivery, instituted in 1896, replaced others. In some cases, the rural community disappeared along with its post office - a victim of urbanization. The map on the reverse of this marker shows discontinued post offices that
Former Waller County Post Offices Marker Rear image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, October 28, 2018
2. Former Waller County Post Offices Marker Rear
served the area of present-day Waller County from the 1840s to 1969.
 
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8109.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 30° 5.885′ N, 96° 4.649′ W. Marker is in Hempstead, Texas, in Waller County. Marker is on Wilkins Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the west end of the courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 836 Austin Street, Hempstead TX 77445, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hempstead, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Waller County (within shouting distance of this marker); Ahrenbeck-Urban Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Liendo Plantation (approx. 2.9 miles away); Liendo (approx. 2.9 miles away); Gen. George and Libbie Custer Campsite (approx. 3 miles away); Clear Creek Confederate War Camps (approx. 3.3 miles away); Groce Family Plantations (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hempstead.
 
Categories. Communications
 
Former Waller County Post Offices Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, October 28, 2018
3. Former Waller County Post Offices Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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