The online home of the Greenhorn Valley View
 Home | News | Sports | Ideas | Life | Classifieds | Service Directory | Outdoors | The Greenhorn Valley |
Quick Links: My View | Happenings | Weather | Local News | Service Directory | Coupons | Display Ads | My View - Log In | Register
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Fire conditions brought to you by RFPD:  Click here to get emergency text and email alerts
Ad Here

Colorado City Post Office Has Had Many Locations
TalkbackComment on this story  |   RecommendRecommend this story  |   Print it!Printer friendly version  |   Email itEmail this story to a friend

Adjust story text size: Make font size smaller Make font size larger

Photo by Courtesy Image
Postmistress Rita Kurchinski with her "postage stamp" cake made by Jody Stanbro.
Other stories in this category
10/29/2019 10/23/2019 10/22/2019

Click here for all the news

Most recommended in this category

Click here for all the news

Being a contract post office, the Colorado City Post Office has been in many different locations with many different postmasters and had quite a turbulent past. Postal service was first established in Colorado City in 1963. Josephine Fossceco, secretary for Ralph C. Taylor, the Executive Vice-President of Colorado City Development Company, became Colorado City's first acting postmistress as part of her duties. The original post office was located in the basement of the Colorado City Development Company offices on Cuerno Verde Blvd, in what is now a private residence.

In late 1967, the post office was allotted space in the recently built Colorado City Center (now known as Fountain Square). At that time, Evelyn Houston became postmistress. Bert and Evelyn Houston owned the laundromat located in the Center and the post office was adjacent to the laundromat. Mrs. Houston reported that at that time there were 47 families receiving mail, the post office was equipped with 42 boxes. She reported for November 1967 stamp sales totaled $248, twenty-one money orders were sold, and 7000 pieces of mail were handled. By 1974, Houston reported that the post office had been remodeled four times in the six years since the post office had opened at that site to keep up with the need for more boxes. Stamp sales for November of 1973 totaled $1245, one hundred and thirty money orders were sold, 348 families were receiving mail, the post office had 350 boxes, and 35,400 pieces of mail were processed. Dotty Coy, Emma Durr, and Margo Glasnapp worked in the Colorado City Post Office during this time period.

After the Houston's contract , Donald Boxwell who ran the Gift Box store in the Center ran the post office out of his store. Information about this time period seems to be hard to find.

In 1980, Rita & Ed Kurchinski submitted a bid for the contract. When they were awarded the bid, Boxwell got mad & would not let them run the post office out of his store. They had only four days to get into operation in a new place. Luckily, they were able to rent an office beneath the Great Western Cities office on the east side of the Center, only a few doors away from the previous location.

Rita says, "We had to remodel and move the post office on a weekend, clean up the mess, and open on Monday morning. Everyone rallied and we did it. It was amazing." Jody Stanbro, Sally Grady, Rita's mother, Dorothy Waldshmidt, and Rita and Ed's oldest child helped them in the post office.

Would you like to read the rest of this story? You can subscribe to the Greenhorn Valley View for only $35/yr. anywhere in Pueblo County. Call (719) 676-3401 to subscribe.

Click here to log in to post to TalkBack
Click on the cop Report Talk Back Abuse to report Talk Back abuse and misuse

Featured Auto Ad
Click here to advertise in this space

My View
Free ice cream!
Set up alerts
Subscribe to lists
Participate in forums and talk-back
Set preferences
Log in
Sign up

Ad Here

Ads by Google

Home | Contact us | Archives | E-Edition | My View | Privacy Policy | Subscribe to the print edition
Site Map

The Greenhorn Valley View is a weekly newspaper serving the communities of the Greenhorn Valley in Southern Colorado,
including Colorado City, Rye, San Isabel, Beulah and Hatchet Ranch.

All content Copyright © 2003 - 2019 Speckled Pup Media and/or other copyright holders. All rights reserved.