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51 Post Offices You Should See Before They're Gone

Every day it feels like the USPS is one small step away from becoming totally obsolete. Here are some of its coolest buildings that still stand; whether or not you can get the mail through them is another problem.

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Washington D.C.

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The Old Post Office offers free tours led by park rangers. The building – which has a clock tour that's 315 feet tall – was built in 1899 and was "the first government building to have its own electric power plant."

Oklahoma City, OK

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Located right next to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, this building was completed in 1932 and used partially as a Federal Courthouse. It is used today as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Notus, ID

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The building also holds the library and the community center, and the signs says "Dedicated to Alfred and Ollie Whitmire." In 2012, the former City Clerk of Notus was charged with Grand Theft of city funds. They're also looking for a new mayor.

Atlantic City, NJ

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Demolished in 2010 for a casino project, despite the fact that it was eligible for the National Historic register. "'Iconic elements' of the building were salvaged before demolition, including two sculpted eagles (once parts of a door surround), and a mural depicting Atlantic City's history."

Waitsfield, VT

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In 2005, the town wrote that it "has been transformed from a quiet farming town to a resort destination, bedroom community and, increasingly, a center for innovation and commerce. This transformation has not been without costs: to tranquility, to the landscape and to the insular nature of the community."

Phoenixville, MI

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Called the "historical 'gossip center'" by local residents, this post office was actually originally located in Connecticut, but was moved to Michigan in 1928 as part of the Henry Ford Museum.

New York, NY

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The James A. Farley Building is eight acres large and takes up two city blocks. It's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is inscribed with the phrase "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

Clairton, PA

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Clairton, known as "the City of Prayer," suffered with the failure of the steel industry and is also the location for 1978 movie The Deer Hunter. (Note the "C" in the "Office" above.)

Hazelton, ND

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Self-described as "a small family-oriented community just 45 minutes from Bismarck, the capital city of North Dakota," Hazelton is also known as "The Pride of the Prairie."

Modena, UT

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Apparently, "One source states that an Italian laborer named the railroad camp after Modena, Italy. Another source relates that a Chinese cook during the serving of dinner would call out periodically, 'Mo'dinna, mo'dinna.' An earlier name was Deseret Springs." Only a few families still live there.

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