A friend last week complained that while she's from California, I barely cover any post offices from the West Coast. That's partly because I rarely get the opportunity to head out there! (A situation I hope to soon rectify.) That said, here are some photos from northwestern California from my 2008 jaunt.
Arcata is a college town in Humboldt County (read: lots of weed?). I spent a night there, had some good pizza made by a guy from Brooklyn, and was there in time for a pictorial celebrating the 150th anniversary of the town!
Arcata, California post office:
Here's Bayside. There's a Bayside in Queens, NY, too. Apparently they keep getting a lot of our mail.
Bayside, California post office
Fields Landing was a quaint, small post office (serving an equally small population of not-quite 300 people) with a patriotically colored sign.
Fields Landing, California post office
Loleta, the next town down, is on a road along the train tracks. Unfortunately the view was obstructed by a pickup, but what can you do?
Loleta, California post office
Ferndale was a booming city during the 1880s, and you can find a great shopping street lined with Victorian buildings to this day. The town's got a nice art scene and I picked up something for my mother at an antiques store there. The post office, interestingly enough, possesses one of those old pole-mounted collection boxes!
Ferndale, California post office