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Crossroads: 1939

Crossroads: 1939

October 1939. "Crossroads off the highway in a cut-over area. Boundary County, Idaho." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.


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I live in Kootenai, about thirty minutes away from Boundary. It's so very interesting to see a local picture, especially one taken by the talented Dorothea Lange! Thank you very much for posting it!


Dave - You're the morning guy on KFOG, right? I think so....

[Um, no. - Dave]

Rural Routes

Still have rural delivery here in Missouri. But the weekend vandals enjoy bashing our mailboxes so it may not last much longer.

Rural Routes going away

It is becoming more and more unusual to see Rural Route addresses in most places; when 911 became more common all addresses had to be changed to something physical. Typically the Post Office and some sort of regional planning council made the address changes.

[Our "Route 1, Box 66" got changed to "4397 154th Terrace." Bleh. - Dave]

RR & Box

We had a Rural Route prior to purchasing our new house. Still don't have home delivery and have to drive to the Post Office to retrieve our mail here in PA.

The scene above reminds me of the 'highlands' of Colorado just outside of Pubelo.

Rural Routes

My parents still have a Rural Route x, Box y address just outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Apparently the Post Office is doing away with it, though.

Box numbers

Interesting that the mailboxes have box numbers rather than addresses. I guess they're the equivalent of post office boxes, except they're not in a post office.

[Rural delivery addresses were usually box numbers combined with a route number. The farm I grew up on in Florida in the 1970s was Route 1, Box 66. - Dave]

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