September 6, 2011

Nation's Smallest

Ochopee Post Office
Here's a fun tip for anyone traveling down to South Florida: Rather than taking the fastest route, I-75, cruise the Tamiami Trail. Besides seeing lots of swampland near the Everglades, you'll also encounter this itty bitty post office. Yep, this tiny shack is a real, working U.S. post office for Ochopee, Florida in Collier County! Unfortunately, it was closed when I was there, so I couldn't take the full tour. But, an historical marker notes it's considered to be the smallest post office in the United States. What a slice of Americana!

Update:  I'm pleased to report this cute little post office is not scheduled for closure by the USPS.  After seeing a couple of comments from folks wondering about its status, I did a little research and found the complete list of post offices on the chopping block --- and Ochopee is not on it.  Whew!   To see the full state-by-state list, click here

8 comments:

Kathy said...

And my first thought was, oh, dear, I'll bet it is one of the small post offices that is on the chopping block for closure.

We are: clamco said...

I had the same thought as Kathy, but perhaps it's fame as being the smallest PO will save it from the chopping block. Its adorable!

Jim Klenke said...

It could have the post master, letter carrier and janitor all rolled into one.

Lois said...

I thought the same thing about closure, but I guess this one doesn't cost that much to operate. It really is cute!

Halcyon said...

Glad they're keeping it up and running. I guess a place of that size doesn't cost much to run!

Farmchick said...

And I thought my community post office was small! Nice to hear that it will stay open.

Jack said...

Great post, SRQ, and nice follow-up research. SDP management will be pleased with your work today. I haven't seen this post office nor have I even heard of the little town, but I might go looking for it this winter. (Thanks for your visits today.)

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Great post and an interesting story.