Early Mail Delivery

Post Office - Tioga Historical Society

The little sawmill town of Levin, Louisiana received its mail by way of trains passing through the community. The post office was located inside the company store that stood near the railroad tracks.

The mail leaving Levin/Tioga would be bagged up and hung on a tall pole near the tracks. As the train passed, it would grab the outgoing mail bag and leave the bag of incoming correspondence.

High school boys were hired to carry the bags to and from the pole.

 “I remember asking Miss Maude Clark to check my family’s box to see if we had any mail. I was too small to reach the box myself.” Said Jimmie Nelle

A retail window such as this was located at the south end of the Tioga Post Office so that residents could purchase stamps, pick up packages, and retrieve their mail.