Post Office Oak

Post Office Oak (HMU80)

Location: Council Grove, KS 66846 Morris County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 39.708', W 96° 29.179'

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Photo Credits: [1] JULIE HAGER   [2] JULIE HAGER  
The stump before you is all that is left of a grand old oak tree that was about 270 years old when it died in 1990. The tree, which once stood 80 feet high, was located in the campground used by Santa Fe Trail travelers. It is said to have been used as a "post office" from the 1820s to the 1840s. Travelers reputedly left messages in [the] cavity at the foot of the tree about water sources, Plains Indian unrest, and other information.

In 1855, Council Grove's first postmaster was appointed. But, because there was no official post office, the postmaster simply distributed mail from a sack on the street, or emptied it onto the floor of a store where postal patrons claimed their own mail.

Communication is something that we take for granted today. During Santa Fe Trail days, information moved much more slowly. For instance, news of President Abraham Lincoln's April 14, 1865, assassination reached Council Grove on April 20, and Santa Fe fifteen days later, on May 5.
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HM NumberHMU80
Series This marker is part of the Postal Mail and Philately series, and the Santa Fe Trail series.
Placed ByNational Park Service, City of Council Grove, and Morris County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 9:33am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 718712 N 4282245
Decimal Degrees38.66180000, -96.48631667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 39.708', W 96° 29.179'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 39' 42.48" N, 96° 29' 10.74" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)620, 785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 106 E Main St, Council Grove KS 66846, US
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