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.
This is a sad development, but I’m not sure what else the USPS can do. The mailing service is hemorrhaging billions of dollars; it has little other choice than to cut back — including the possibility of mail service just three days a week.