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La Plata Post Office, Built in 1937

Historic Post Office

La Plata, Missouri, 63549

A Photo Essay by Carl Morrison,

October 14, 2011

I had seen the wood carving inside on a previous visit, so I wanted to get a good photo of it on this trip.  I had also noticed the three limestone carvings on the front.

I finally realized why they put these three carvings on the front of the post office....isn't this the way mail was carried in 1937?

The carving I had come to photograph.

I wondered why there were red mailbox doors, then found the poster below.

Ruth Larrick, Post Master of the La Plata Post Office.

After taking photos, I asked Ms. Larrick for some information on the history of the Post Office and she provided me with the original Program of the November 22, 1937, Dedication Ceremony.

We had a nice shower during my time in the Post Office, so a shot of the west side of the town square, with wet streets, seemed like a new angle for a photograph.

Digital Copies of the Photos in this Photo Essay are available for $20 for a digital copy suitable for printing up to 11 x 14 inch sized prints. Just write Carl@TrainWeb and describe which photo(s) you are interested in.  Through e-mail we can further discuss the delivery of your digital copy of the image.

Other Photos of various outdoor subjects, including trains, are available at

My Framed Train Photographs and post cards can be viewed and purchased at the

Silver Rails Gallery
109 South Gex Street  La Plata, MO 63549  (660) 956-4157 and at
West Winery
107 Vine Street  Macon, MO 63552  (573) 268-3424

Additionally, next year's "Rail Travel Writing and Photography Workshop" at the Depot Inn & Suites in La Plata, MO, is being planned for Mid-October.  If you have an interest in attending, please e-mail Carl@TrainWeb to be notified when we have decided on the exact date.

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0.    Table of Contents |
1.    Depot Inn & Suites, La Plata, MO |

2.    Amtrak Station, La Plata, MO |
3.    Silver Rails Gallery and Memorial Library |
4.    Chris Guenzler Millionth Mile Lookout at the Depot Inn & Suites |
5.    Amish Country west of La Plata on Hwy. 156 |
6.    Downtown La Plata, Missouri
, Including Santa Fe Espresso, Grandma's Home Cookin', City Hall and other photo ops in town. |
7.    Silver Rails Event Center |
8.    Atlanta, Missouri |
9.    West Winery, Macon, Missouri |
10.  Columbia Star Dinner Train, Columbia, Missouri |
11.  Locust Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site and Danube Dr. Barn  |
12.  La Plata, Missouri, Post Office   Built in 1937
13.  LAX to LAP on the Southwest Chief.

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