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Ochopee: Cutest, smallest post office in the US

Exterior of the Ochopee, Florida, post office, smallest in the US

Exterior of the Ochopee, Florida, post office, smallest in the US

Small is cute.

I’m not sure why. It must be part of our genetic makeup: It makes us love babies.

And because we love babies, we also love baby post offices — especially baby post offices sitting in the middle of the wide, wild Everglades.

Just such a place sits on the side of the road along Tamiami Trail (U.S. Highway 41) between Big Cypress National Preserve and the Gulf Coast section of Everglades National park, without a house in sight for miles.

The Ochopee Post Office is officially the smallest in the nation.  In a building not much bigger than an outhouse, a single postal worker works every day, frequently selling postcards to tourists and answering questions from tour-bus riders.

In an era where hundreds of post offices have been closed to save money, this post office survives on more than cuteness. It does real work,  handling the mail for more than 500 residents of the sparsely populated corner of Florida. (Everglades City is eight miles west.)

Inside the Ochopee, Florida, post office, smallest in the US

Inside the Ochopee, Florida, post office

The post office hasn’t changed much in 50 years. In 1953, a fire destroyed the old post office/general store and a 7-foot-by-8-foot shed from a tomato farm was converted into the post office you see now. A historical marker tells the story.

The Ochopee Post Office is a five-minute stop on a very rewarding road across Florida. Connecting Miami and Naples, the Tamiami Trail is a two-lane highway that is far more scenic than Alligator Alley, which is 20 or 30 miles north.

Ochopee, Florida, has smallest post office in the US

 

 

 

 

Your visit to Everglades City area

We love visiting Everglades City. It’s a small fishing village with fresh seafood, historic buildings and access to many outdoors adventures.

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8 Comments

  1. Michael H says:

    What about the post office in Valley Center, CA?

    That post office (no longer in use), was 40 square feet….

    http://www.vchistory.org/index.php/historical-sites/smallest-post-office-in-the-world/

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  7. Really enjoyed this article and the images. We are always on the lookout for small (particularly historic) buildings in Florida to highlight on blog and FB page.

  8. and they sell cute postcards

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