Old Alamosa P.O.
Now privately owned, Alamosa, Colorado received a new post office during the Great Depression. The building was commissioned by the federal Treasury Department in conjunction with the Public Works Administration.
“The federal government bought the … property from Mrs. Frank Ruby in 1934 for $9,000 and contracted the construction to a Wichita, Kansas company, HW Underhill. The total construction cost was just under $45,000 “which would barely get us one room today,” Borders said.
The cornerstone of the building was sealed on Sept. 10, 1935, and the post office opened for business on Nov. 30, 1935, under Postmaster John E. Harron.
Borders said the post office remained on that Fourth/San Juan corner for about 30 years until a new post office was constructed on Third Street and the former building sold to what was known at that time as the San Luis Valley Center for the Handicapped, now known as Blue Peaks Developmental Services.”
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on April 3, 2015.
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