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8 Fun Facts About the Gilbert Post Office

8 Fun Facts About the Gilbert Post Office

| by Gilbert Daily PRSS | Posted in News

July 1st: National Postal Workers Day

First established in 1997, today is a day we recognize America’s 500,000 postal workers nationwide. If you cross paths with your local postal carrier today or you visit one of the Gilbert Post Office locations, take a moment to thank these important members of our community for their service.

8 Interesting Facts about the Gilbert Post Office:

1. Gilbert was awarded a Post Office 105 years ago.

2. Mail was originally delivered to Gilbert by train.

3. David Butler became Gilbert’s first postmaster on July 22, 1912.

4. Gilbert’s first Post Office was housed in the Ayers and Butler Store located on Gilbert Rd. That store later became the store as pictured below and today is the south end of Norwood Furniture.

Photo courtesy of the Gilbert Historical Society

5. Today over 200 men and women receive, sort and deliver mail throughout the Town of Gilbert.

6. Gilbert postal workers deliver mail to over 92,000 addresses.

7. The average US postal carrier walks between 4 and 8 miles a day. Not so much in Gilbert though. With 104 rural routes and 19 city routes most of Gilbert’s mail is delivered via a fleet of post office vehicles. Very little mail in Gilbert is delivered on foot.

8. Chris Bisdnack is the current serving postmaster of the Gilbert Post Office. He has held that post for the past 6 years.

Bonus Fact: The popular phrase “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” is not the “oath” of the postal worker rather just an unofficial motto that is chiseled in granite over the entrance to the New York City Post Office on 8th Avenue. The motto traces back to Book 8 of The Persian Wars by Herodotus. During the wars between the Greeks and the Persians in 500 B.C., the Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers who served with great distinction. The firm of McKim, Mead & White designed the New York General Post Office. One of the firm's architects, William Mitchell Kendall, was the son of a classics scholar and read Greek for pleasure. He selected the "Neither snow nor rain . . ." inscription, which he modified and the Post Office Department approved it.

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