Seattle beginnings: Maple Leaf Post Office opens on August 21, 1889.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 5/16/2001
  • Essay 3279
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On August 21, 1889, the Maple Leaf Post Office, located in a future neighborhood of Seattle, starts distributing mail. The postmaster is Stewart H. Seelye, who serves till the post office closes on May 1, 1891. This post office likely was established in conjunction with a subdivision named Maple Leaf to Green Lake Circle. The plat is located between the streets that would later be called NE 85th and 105th streets and 5th Avenue NE and 25th Avenue NE.

When the post office closed, the mail was transferred to the Pontiac Post Office located along the west shoreline of Lake Washington near Sand Point.

The site of Maple Leaf subdivision was annexed to the City of Seattle in the early 1950s.


Guy Reed Ramsey, "Postmarked Washington, 1850-1960," Microfilm (Olympia: Washington State Library, February, 1966), p. 622.

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