Mulkeytown Post Office closes its doors - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Mulkeytown Post Office closes its doors

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MULKEYTOWN, Ill. - What was known as the 'final gathering place' of Mulkeytown has closed. The Mulkeytown Post Office has officially closed its doors.

The building was leased to the St. Louis United States Postal Service Distribution Center, but the landlords wanted to do something else with the building, so they did not renew the lease. The Communication Coordinator for the Distribution Center, Mike Cooke, said the close was sudden. 

Larry Reaney has lived in the area for more than 60 years. He's disappointed in the loss.

"To me, it doesn't make a whole lot of a difference what they're going to do with it," Reaney said. "'cause I wanted to see the post office stay, you know?"

Off-camera, several residents living around the post office say they're shocked, and hate to see it go. Reaney called it the last gathering place of Mulkeytown.

"It's going to be missed big time because this is the only thing we had left it town ... was the post office. The school closed down here several years back," Reaney said. "All the old men in town here would gather down here and wait for them to put the mail up," he said.

Mail has always been delivered to Mulkeytown residents from the Christopher Post Office, but the building was still in use for those wishing to deliver mail and buy stamps. Cooke said it's going to take some time to find a new post office location. 

"People in Mulkeytown...Their deliveries won't be affected whatsoever. If they're receiving mail at their home address right now, all that will continue."

Mulkeytown residents can drive to the post office in Christopher, about a 10-minute drive.

Franklin County Board member Tom Vaughn said there were about 40 P.O. boxes at the now-closed Mulkeytown Post Office. He said folks can opt to receive their mail at home, or move their P.O. boxes to the Christopher Post Office.

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