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US Post Office-Tonopah Main

The Tonopah Main Post Office, a historic building in Tonopah, Nevada, stands as a symbol of the federal presence in this bustling mining town. Constructed in 1941, it reflects the architectural styles and federal building trends of the period, marking an important era in Tonopah’s urban development.

US Post Office-Tonopah Main

US Post Office-Tonopah Main Overview

The Tonopah Main Post Office, also known as US Post Office-Tonopah Main, is the first and only post office in Tonopah built with federal funds. Designed by Louis A. Simon in a blend of Moderne and Starved Classical styles, it represents the architectural evolution of early 20th-century federal buildings.

National Register Number

90000136

Year Established/Founded

1941

US Post Office-Tonopah Main History

This building marks Tonopah’s growth and the federal government’s investment in local infrastructure during a pivotal period in American history. Its construction coincided with significant events like World War II, adding layers of historical context to its existence.

Timeline

  • 1937: The U.S. government begins planning for the post office.
  • 1940: The site for the post office is chosen.
  • May 1941: The building’s cornerstone is laid, accompanied by a civic ceremony and parade.
  • December 7, 1941: The post office opens for business, coinciding with the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • February 28, 1990: Added to the National Register of Historic Places.

County

Tonopah, Nye County

GPS Coordinates

38°4′3″N, 117°13′47″W

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Location

Located at 201 Main Street in Tonopah, Nevada, the post office also houses government offices in its basement, serving as a multipurpose federal building in the town.

The Tonopah Main Post Office remains a functioning and pivotal part of Tonopah, offering not just mail services but also a window into the architectural and historical richness of the town. As a federally constructed building, it embodies the intertwined narratives of local development and national events.

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