With today August 25, 2016 celebrating the National Park Service Centennial it is a delight to share Grand Canyon Postal Service Mule Mail.
There is a children’s book about the Grand Canyon Mule Train Mail. The National Postal Museum has a great mention of the Mule Mail in their new exhibit Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks: The Grand Canyon. It is part of a two-year temporary exhibit running June 09 – March 25, 2018 at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.
“Postal service at the Grand Canyon began in 1894, long before it became a national park. The only mule mail routes operating in the U.S. today serve the canyon. One, an official postal route operated by a star route contractor, supplies mail, food, medicine, and other goods to the Havasupai people, who live deep in the canyon. The second is an unofficial route operated for the convenience of visitors to Phantom Ranch, a tourist lodge near Bright Angel Creek.”
How serendipitous it is to read the Smithsonian Insider article today. It is entitled “In The Grand Canyon, The U.S. Postal Service Still Delivers Mail by Mule”. The photos that it has included are wonderful! Be sure to check it out.
Trailblazing 100 Years of Our National Parks
Earlier this year my blog posts included one in April on National Park Week and in June the release of the beautiful National Parks Centennial Stamps.
Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks is a two-year temporary exhibit running June 09 – March 25, 2018 at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. Be sure to check out the MUST DOWNLOAD – the Illustrated Gallery Guide pdf.
The Exhibit covers Origins; Tourism; The New Deal; National Parks: The Grand Canyon; National Parks; National Monuments; National Military Parks; National Seashores; National Historic Sites; National Historical Parks; Parks In Your Backyard; and Wish You Were Here.
There is a fun Google Doodle for the National Parks Centennial today.
To see the list of events planned for the month long celebration click here for Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!
And of course here everyone with their rendition of Happy Birthday!
Thank you for joining me today for Grand Canyon Postal Service Mule Mail. Here’s to visiting our National Parks – and getting our postcards stamped via Grand Canyon Mule Mail!
Grand Canyon Postal Service Mule Mail Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced
Mule Train Mail by Craig McFarland Brown Goodreads published July 1, 2009
Smithsonian Insider “In The Grand Canyon, The U.S. Postal Service Still Delivers Mail by Mule” August 25, by Hannah S. Ostroff
YouTube Google Doodle Celebrating U.S. National Parks posted by googledoodles
P.S. You may also enjoy this AnchoredScraps daily blog post: 100th Anniversary National Parks Postcard Set from 9-16-2017, by Helen Rittersporn.