Route 66 News

About 12 post offices on Route 66 may be closed

In an effort to cut costs, the U.S. Postal Service announced today it is targeting more than 3,600 post offices across the country for possible closure, including about a dozen on Route 66.

The USPS has created a full list of the post offices that may be closed. Here are the ones on Route 66:

  • Shirley, Ill.
  • Venice, Ill.
  • Nilwood, Ill.
  • Glenarm, Ill.
  • Waggoner, Ill.
  • Lawndale, Ill.
  • Maplewood, Mo.
  • Avilla, Mo.
  • Adrian, Texas
  • Cubero, N.M.
  • Newkirk, N.M.
  • Oatman, Ariz.

I combed through the list thoroughly; let me know whether I missed one.

One noteworthy post office also being targeted is Supai, Ariz. It’s not on Route 66, but delivers mail to locals in the Grand Canyon by pack mule — the only post office that does so.

Also, many of the big cities along the Mother Road — Chicago, Springfield, Ill., St. Louis, Springfield, Mo., Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, and the Los Angeles area — will likely see a few closures, but mail service will be consolidated to other facilities.

I’m honestly surprised the charming post office in Devil’s Elbow, Mo., hasn’t been targeted.