West Seattle beginnings: West Seattle Post Office opens on August 6, 1889.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 12/13/1998
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 520
On August 6, 1889, the West Seattle Post Office opens. Charles M. Cooper is the first postmaster. Mail is distributed from the summit of the hill on Olympia Avenue (renamed 44th Avenue SW). On February 29, 1908, after the area is annexed to the City of Seattle, the post office closes.

Sources: Guy Reed Ramsey, "Postmarked Washington, 1850-1960," Microfilm (Olympia: Washington State Library, February, 1966), 620.

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