First Rural Routes by State


Below is a list of the establishment dates of the first rural route(s) in each state, along with the names of the Post Offices served.

Lists of dates that the first rural routes were established at Post Offices through December 31, 1904, by state, can be accessed by clicking on the “PDF” or “RTF” file for the state. These lists were compiled using data from the 1901 Annual Report of the Postmaster General and issues of the Postal Bulletin through 1904. Lists for Alaska and Hawaii are not available.

These lists are intended as guides only—all of the dates have not been verified. In some instances more than one date is listed for the establishment of service at a particular Post Office. Verification of rural route establishment dates and further details on specific routes may be available from the National Personnel Records Center, Civilian Personnel Records.

First Rural Routes by State
StatePost OfficeEstablishment Date of First Rural Route(s)List of First Rural Routes at Post Offices, through 1904
Alabama Opelika 12/07/1896 PDF | RTF
Alaska Nome 05/10/1901  
Arizona Tempe 11/24/1896 PDF | RTF
Arkansas Clarksville 10/19/1896 PDF | RTF
California Campbell 02/01/1897 PDF | RTF
Colorado Loveland 11/10/1896 PDF | RTF
Connecticut Branford, Guilford, Milford 06/01/1898 PDF | RTF
Delaware Harrington 10/03/1898 PDF | RTF
District of Columbia Anacostia, Bennings 09/01/1902 PDF | RTF
Florida Winterpark 01/01/1898 PDF | RTF
Georgia Quitman 12/08/1896 PDF | RTF
Hawaii Haiku 03/01/1918  
Idaho Moscow 04/14/1900 PDF | RTF
Illinois Auburn 12/10/1896 PDF | RTF
Indiana Hartsville, Hope 10/15/1896 PDF | RTF
Iowa Morning Sun 11/10/1896 PDF | RTF
Kansas Bonner Springs 10/26/1896 PDF | RTF
Kentucky Allensville 01/11/1897 PDF | RTF
Louisiana Thibodaux 11/01/1896 PDF | RTF
Maine Gorham, Naples, Sebago Lake 11/23/1896 PDF | RTF
Maryland Westminster 10/15/1896 PDF | RTF
Massachusetts Bernardston, Greenfield 11/02/1896 PDF | RTF
Michigan Climax 12/03/1896 PDF | RTF
Minnesota Farmington 01/01/1897 PDF | RTF
Mississippi Hickory 10/01/1901 PDF | RTF
Missouri Cairo 10/15/1896 PDF | RTF
Montana Billings 02/01/1902 PDF | RTF
Nebraska Tecumseh 11/07/1896 PDF | RTF
Nevada Lovelock 12/01/1903 PDF | RTF
New Hampshire Pittsfield 10/20/1898 PDF | RTF
New Jersey Moorestown 06/06/1898 PDF | RTF
New Mexico Roswell 03/01/1902 PDF | RTF
New York Elba 10/15/1896 PDF | RTF
North Carolina China Grove 10/23/1896 PDF | RTF
North Dakota Wahpeton 10/03/1898 PDF | RTF
Ohio Collinsville, Darrtown, Somerville 10/15/1896 PDF | RTF
Oklahoma Hennessey 08/15/1900 PDF | RTF
Oregon Turner 10/16/1897 PDF | RTF
Pennsylvania New Stanton, Ruffsdale 11/24/1896 PDF | RTF
Rhode Island South Portsmouth 01/01/1899 PDF | RTF
South Carolina Cope, Orangeburg, Saint George 03/01/1899 PDF | RTF
South Dakota Ellis 05/01/1899 PDF | RTF
Tennessee Atoka 01/11/1897 PDF | RTF
Texas Fate, La Grange 08/01/1899 PDF | RTF
Utah Murray 08/15/1899 PDF | RTF
Vermont Grand Isle 12/21/1896 PDF | RTF
Virginia Palmyra 10/22/1896 PDF | RTF
Washington North Yakima 04/01/1897 PDF | RTF
West Virginia Charles Town, Halltown, Uvilla 10/01/1896 PDF | RTF
Wisconsin Sun Prairie 11/16/1896 PDF | RTF
Wyoming Hilliard, Sheridan, Wheatland 10/15/1900 PDF | RTF