In keeping with the 2010 and 2011 Going Postal tradition of tabulating postal experiences for the year, let's see what 2012 had to offer: This year I visited an insane 2,097 [new-to-me, active] post offices across 31 states and the District of Columbia -- or about 5.7 per day. The highlight of the year was my 102-day, 17,600-mile, 1,406-post office road trip that spanned July to October. If you'd like a general sense of where I've been, you can see my counties visited map -- counties first visited in 2012 are colored yellow:
That statistic does not include well more than 150 discontinued post offices / contract locations, nor previous sites for post offices, such as WPA offices that have been sold by USPS and consolidated into other facilities. This year I made special efforts to find those locations, photos of many of which have been presented to you on this blog. For example...
Below: Denton, Texas's former early-century post office lies across the street from its present site:
Below: Cleveland's Brook Park Branch post office was discontinued as part of the 2009-2011 SBOC initiative. Photographed in October, the building is now home to The Post Office Café.
I also made special efforts to visit freestanding processing facilities, like the Seattle P&DC (which is way too big for one photo), partly seen here:
State by state, counting only distinct active postal locations:
Pennsylvania: 268 post offices
Focus/Foci: Northern Philadelphia Metro area; east-central PA.
Dallas-Fort Worth metro area; Austin; El Paso; Big Bend National Park
* Texarkana's Downtown Station lies square on the Texas/Arkansas border.
New Jersey: 212
West-central New Jersey and central coast
Los Angeles and the Central Valley (e.g. Bakersfield, Merced, Sacramento)
Olympia, Tacoma, central Washington (e.g. Yakima), Columbia River Gorge, Tri-Cities
Northeast (e.g. Jonesboro), northwest (Fayetteville), southwestern I-30 corridor
South central (Crater Lake), Eugene, Portland, Columbia River Gorge
Suburban D.C. (Arlington and Alexandria), I-81 corridor
North Carolina: 89
Western: Winston-Salem, Hickory, Asheville, mountains
South Dakota: 72
Central east-west corridor; Rapid City, Pierre, all of Sioux Falls
New York: 68
Southern tier; Ithaca, Binghamton
Southwest Minnesota (New Ulm, Mankato) and Twin Cities
Las Vegas metro area. All of it.
New Hampshire: 57
Tulsa metro area
Missoula, Helena, Billings
Knoxville, Cookeville, Murfreesboro
Connecticut River valley
New Mexico: 30
Southwestern; Las Cruces, Alamogordo
Branson area for PMCC Convention
Shreveport / Bossier City
West Virginia: 12
District of Columbia: 7
2012 also noted the following threshold post office visits:
#3,000: Riverside, NJ: Delanco Branch
#3,500: Timberville, VA
#4,000: Killeen, Texas: Harker Heights Branch
#4,500: Bingen, Washington
Hope everyone has a great 2013!