Carroll history

December 04, 2005

1899: rural mail delivery begins

On Dec. 20, 1899, Carroll County became the first place in the nation to offer countywide Rural Free Delivery Service. The idea of Rural Free Delivery Service was conceived in the 1890s by Rep. Tom Watson of Georgia. Carroll County postal employee Edwin W. Shriver liked the idea of delivering mail throughout the county. He commissioned Herr Bros. of Westminster to build a "Post Office on Wheels," complete with a counter and mail slots. The cart made its first 30-mile route on April 3, 1899. The Post Office on Wheels was an immediate success and led to Carroll County's place in history as the first place in the nation to offer countywide Rural Free Delivery Service.

[ From Our Front Porch, 1900-1999: Carroll County Looking Back a Hundred Years. Compiled by Sun researcher Shelia Jackson.]

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