Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - United States Postal Service records, MG.02089
Article I of the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1787, empowered the government "to establish post offices and post roads." Records were kept to document the establishment of each post office and the appointment of postmasters. The geographical site location reports were completed by postmasters for use by the Topographer's Office in compiling postal route maps.
Postmaster appointment records contain dates of establishment and discontinuance of post offices, name changes, and postmaster names and appointment dates. Geographical site location reports include county and State; land description (range, township, and section); mail route number; distance from post office to nearest mail route; and closest rivers, creeks, canals, roads, and railroads.