Carrying mail in Alaska

According to William S. Schneider, professor emeritus and retired curator of oral history at University of Alaska Fairbanks, the postal delivery men generally considered enduring extreme cold, high winds, driving snow and other inclement weather conditions just part of the job when they contracted to carry mail to remote regions of Interior Alaska during the first half of the 20th century. In his brief yet informative new book, “On Time Delivery,” Schneider documents the rise and heyday of rural postal service between the many small settlements that dotted the landscape during and immediately after the Gold Rush. It’s the story of men who braved the elements to maintain a connection to the outside world for people who were otherwise wintered in and largely left to their own devices. For full story click here.

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