The North County Times reports that the Postal Service plans to shift 11 postal carriers’ home base from the Winchester, California, post office to a postal delivery center, and the news has prompted concern from some members of the community that this is the prelude to closing the post office completely. Residents say a closure “would take away a key focal point for a rustic, rural community being pressed on all sides by suburban sprawl.”
It would also wipe out a prominent piece of Winchester’s past. “It’s part of this valley’s history,” said Andy Domenigoni. “My great-grandfather started it.” The Winchestor post office was established in 1880 as a stagecoach center and a mail transport center. A few years later it moved to the the town’s general store, where it resided for over 80 years. It’s been at the current location since 1985.