History: Getting the mail | AspenTimes.com

History: Getting the mail

“Rural Free Delivery,” claimed the Aspen Democrat-Times in the winter of 1912. “Thomas Burke, of Brush Creek, is in town today in the interest of a rural free delivery for his section of the county. He has a petition with the necessary number of signatures for an every other day free delivery of mail matter from Co[z]y Point up Brush creek, which will be forwarded to the postoffice department at Washington. Should the petition result in a rural free delivery route being established, and it should, the ranchers along Brush Creek will owe it to the unloving efforts of Mr. Burke.” A couple of months later, Washington stated it was coming up with extra charges for delivery of parcel post on rural routes. This image shows the ranches along Brush Creek including the ranches for Tom Burke, Miles Carroll and Owen Kearns.


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