The Federal Building & Early Mail Service

The Federal Building & Early Mail Service (HMQ43)

Location: Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 Chippewa County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 56.254', W 91° 23.624'

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This Federal Post Office Building was built in 1910 at a cost of $90,000. The property was purchased from the Thornton estate for $10,000. The Neo-Classical design style was often used by governmental architects of the Treasury Department during the period of 1895 and 1930.

Regular mail service and the first post office was established at Chippewa Falls in 1851. Hiram S. Allen received a commission as the first postmaster and received what little mail there was at the Company Store. Since postage stamps were not in use yet, the recipient of a letter was required to pay for its carriage and delivery before he received it. The usual charge was twenty-five cents.

By the year 1855 mail arrived by Pony Express and two years later a bi-weekly stage line was established between Chippewa Falls and Wabasha, from where the mail arrived up the Mississippi River by river boats. Free delivery of mail was started in 1888 when five uniformed carriers were approved by the Post Office Department in Washington, D.C. for the city of Chippewa Falls.

Chippewa County Historical Society
Marker Sign #10
HM NumberHMQ43
Series This marker is part of the Postal Mail and Philately series
Marker Number10
Placed ByThe Chippewa County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 11:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 626735 N 4977269
Decimal Degrees44.93756667, -91.39373333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 56.254', W 91° 23.624'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 56' 15.24" N, 91° 23' 37.44" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 307 N Bridge St, Chippewa Falls WI 54729, US
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