After George Washington was inaugurated president in 1789, he realized the only way to transform the country from united states to the United States was to improve communication.
Each state previously considered itself to be a sovereign nation. Throughout the Revolution, his couriers had difficulty transmitting dispatches to congress for want of continuous roads between these “nations.” During his presidential tours throughout the entire country, he experienced firsthand the need for an interstate highway system to augment the Boston Post Road, which evolved into US-1 and now runs from Maine to Florida.
The first pick-up and delivery sites for mail in the early days were existing taverns along or near a main thoroughfare. There were no federal buildings to sort letters or sell stamps. The person who received the mail paid postage. Stamps weren’t printed until 1847, with George Washington on the 10-cent stamp and 1st postmaster general Benjamin Franklin on the 5-cent stamp.
The first post office in Coral Springs was in the Coral Ridge Properties Administration Building, opened in 1966 and now City Hall. As there was no local mail delivery, the site became a place of social gathering as residents collected or dropped off their letters. Children often rode their horses to pick up the post after school.
When the population grew to 2,200 in 1970, home deliveries began but only after most of the unique street names, such as Horseshoe Lane and Sunset Avenue, were changed to numbers at the request of the post office. A small postal sub-station was opened in the Village Square Shopping Center. Finally, after the population soared to 37,000 in 1979, a stand-alone federal post office was built on NW 94th Avenue. City commissioners immediately lobbied for Saturday service. When the Coral Square Mall opened in 1984, a postal sub-station was set up on-site every holiday season until a second post office was built on Riverside Drive and opened in 1991.
Current postal service budgetary woes of a suggested halt on Saturday service and closed offices remind us of these early days. Perhaps it may be determined that a city of 123,000 doesn’t need two sites. Actually, there are still U.S. postal sub-stations in Coral Springs in existing shopping centers along the main roads. Just like the early mail system, these independent businesses act as federal agencies and become places of social gatherings, especially in December.