Historic Markers Across Florida

Ochopee Post Office

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Location: Tamiami Trail (US 41), Ochopee, FL
County: Collier
Coordinates: N 25° 54.080    W 081° 17.838
  25.90133333    -81.2973
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3ARZ


Considered to be the smallest post office in the United States, this building was formerly an irrigation pipe shed belonging to the J.T. Gaunt Company tomato farm. It´s was hurriedly pressed into service by postmaster Sidney Brown after a disastrous night fire in 1953 burned Ochopee´s general store and post office. The present structure has been in continuous use ever since as both a post office and ticket station for Trailways bus lines and still services residents in a three county area, including deliveries to Seminole and Miccosukee Indians living in the region. Daily business often includes requests from tourists and stamp collectors the worlds over for the famed Ochopee post mark. The property was acquired by the Wooten Family in 1992.

Sponsored by: Collier County Board of County Commissioners - September 27, 1984