Details for First Post Office in Midland

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5329001812


Marker Number 1812
Atlas Number 5329001812
Marker Title First Post Office in Midland
Index Entry First Post Office in Midland
Address 100 E Wall St.
City Midland
County Midland
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 776439
UTM Northing 3543872
Subject Codes post office; cities and towns
Marker Year 1974
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush United States Court House and George Mahon Federal Building, SE corner E. Wall and S. Main streets. Marker reported missing Dec. 1999. Map dot approximate.
Private Property No
Marker Condition Missing
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text When first post office opened here Jan. 4, 1884, with Charles H. Welch as postmaster, settlers proposed to name the town Midway, because it was halfway between Ft. Worth and El Paso. Finding that another post office in Texas had that name, they chose Midland instead. Site of the first post office was 108 East Missouri, location of main loading dock of the current facility. Postal headquarters moved four times before returning to the original site upon completion of the new federal building (1974). Midland Post Office now serves a region of 32,000 square miles. (1974)

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