It’s the 3rd smallest post office in the country. Measuring in at 10 feet by 12 feet, the Kaweah Post office was built in 1910. Its community is celebrating its 100th year of serving the small town of Kaweah . Due to small amounts of revenue coming in, the US postal service decided that on May 31, 2010, this historic post office will close permanently.
Here are the sights and sounds I was able to capture while visiting. Hope you enjoy!
100 year old Post Office threatened with closure from Socrates Lozano on Vimeo.
I stumbled upon this post office quite by accident. I was working on a story with a reporter about the Census’ most hard to count areas. We ended up in a small town near Three Rivers called Kaweah, which sits just below Kings Canyon National Park . A little outside the town there’s a population sign that reads, “Kaweah 480 Souls.” Kind of what you would expect…. a long windy road, with an occasional house or two, and a nice mountain backdrop. As we drove I noticed this small, old building that we passed sitting just under an old oak tree, and it really caught my attention. On the way back we stopped to find out what the building was.
Turns out, it was a post office that was built in 1910, and a very small one at that… only 10×12 feet! I thought it would be nice to come back in my spare time and shoot a little video with my 5D Mark II.
When I came back a few weeks later, the buzz around town was the post office would close at the end of the month because it wasn’t bringing in enough money. Before I knew this, I had only planned to shoot a little video, and make a montage. However, after spending a little time talking to the owner of the building and post mistress, I thought it would be nice to get them on camera sharing their thoughts and feelings about the news they had been hearing around town.
I really enjoyed doing this small little project and look forward to shooting more stories like it!
By the time the end of May 2010 came around, The US Postal Service decided not to close down the post office after all. A very interesting fact is, the building’s owner has now taken over responsibilities as post mistress! This post office will remain open for business, and continue serving the small town of Kaweah ! So if you ever find yourself in the area, be sure to go visit, take some pictures, and buy some stamps!