La Sal in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Historic La Sal Post Oﬃce
The schedule and arrival of the mail depended on three factors -- how deep the snow was, how high the Price, Green, Colorado, Dolores, and San Miguel Rivers and how hostile the Indians were at the time. Sometimes it took a month to deliver the mail and sometimes six weeks.
William Hamilton was the first Postmaster. In February 1879 R.R. Simpson assumed this post. Mrs. Elizabeth L. Ray became Postmaster in August of 1879. She also helped to begin the first school in La Sal, using some of the Post Office black ink to make a serviceable blackboard. In February and March of 1885 the snow drifted to ten feet and any travel was by snowshoe. The mail carrier from Paradox, Mr. Calan, arrived exhausted -- his snowshoes disintegrated. Jack Silvey, an experienced snowshoer, relieved him so the mail could go through.
William N. Prewer became Postmaster May 28, 1897, followed
In May of 1915 Charles Redd was appointed Postmaster and the office moved to a small store building east of "The Ranch House". About 1916 a new road was built and the pony express mail carrier replaced by a buckboard or white top rig. These rigs always carried passengers and nooned at La Sal, much to the entertainment of local farmhands. Mr. Redd served 43 years, during which the automobile replaced the white top rig.
In March of 1958 Frances R. White was appointed Postmaster and the office was designated Third Class during the uranium boom. In December of 1961 the Post Office and store was destroyed by fire. Mrs. White was able to rent a room from the elementary school and was ready for her patrons the following week. The new building, owned by Redd Ranches and rented from them by the Post Office
Erected 1976 by The Utah Bicentennial Commission and Postmaster Roberta J. Wilcox.
Location. 38° 18.755′ N, 109° 15.008′ W. Marker is in La Sal, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker is on Utah Route 46 9 miles east of U.S. 191, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Post Office, town center. Marker is in this post office area: La Sal UT 84530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wilson Arch (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Spanish Trail (approx. 12.3 miles away); Hole N” The Rock, Utah (approx. 12.3 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.