Seattle beginnings: South Seattle Post Office opens on March 14, 1892.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/16/2001
  • Essay 3282
On March 14, 1892, the South Seattle Post Office is established. The first postmaster is Guilford L. Burdic, who serves until replaced by John C. Werner on February 2, 1899. On July 1, 1902, the United States Post Office Department appoints Fred L. Heidrich postmaster. He distributes the mail from 8th Avenue S and Pacific Avenue, an independent post office until the last day of 1904.

On January 1, 1905 the post office became a Seattle Post Office branch and was renamed Station M (also called the South Seattle Station). Fred L. Heidrich continued as postmaster until February 1, 1908. South Seattle was first developed in 1870 with the platting of an area bounded by Hanford and Adam Streets and 9th and 12th avenues south.

In 1907 the City of Seattle annexed South Seattle.

Sources: Guy Reed Ramsey, "Postmarked Washington, 1850-1960," Microfilm (Olympia: Washington State Library, February, 1966), p. 639, 747.

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