Hope museum finds home for rural mail artifacts

The Yellow Trail Museum in Hope has found a home for artifacts from the town’s early days with the longest continually operated rural mail carrier routes in the country.

Barb Johnson, with the museum, tells HSJ Online, the Hope news website, that the museum now owns a nearby building on the west side of the square. The former mail carrier’s museum was on the town square and was torn down about five years ago.

Hope was one of two towns that were chosen for a prototype rural mail delivery system in 1896 and the routes have been run ever since.