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About 12 post offices on Route 66 may be closed July 26, 2011

Posted by Ron Warnick in Businesses.
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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.

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