It was the water from a spring in Marlin, Texas, that pulled people to central Texas. The large post office is now the school district offices with a modern post office just up the street. Here in Marlin is also an early Hilton hotel, now empty, located across the railroad tracks from the healthy spring water.
Looking back to preserving the past, when the mail came by railroads and the post office was the center of the community. With radio, television and not the internet the postal system has changed too. Once a way to make everyone feel part of one nation. United we stand.
With the internet it isn't the same. The internet brings us information immediately, no reason to wait for the newspaper to be delivered by the postman, no reason to find a stamp to send a letter to a friend or relative.
The post office still exists, but do we communicate to each other by mailing a letter? Postcards? Cellphones keep us in touch 24/7, texting and emails replace the need for a post office.
The old mail post office needs to be preserved, a reminder that we are one country, strong and powerful. Serving all the communities across the nation, delivering the mail six days a week.
yPeter Hurd encourages U. S. Postal Service program to use artists to feature regional ideas of and give hope to the nation during the Great Depression. Hurd had studied under N.C. Wythe in Pennsylvania and ended up marrying his daughter, Henrietta. They moved back to New Mexico wher he as born, settling in San Patrico, New Mexico. He later went on to paint the official portrait of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
In the Thirties he was awarded the contract to paint a mural in 1938, both the Postmaster and the artist agreed that a painting on canvas wasn't as permanent as a mural painted on the wall. They wanted it to be permanent. The sand and marble plaster was still wet when Hurd painted, going three feet at a time he completed the Spirit of Big Springs mural A.K.A. O Pioneers, making it part of the wall.
The 1915 post office has gone thru many uses, from post office to the public library in 1970 and then in 1992 it became the 118 Judicial District Court. Hurd felt this was his "first and best" mural. (There are three in Dallas at the railroad terminal.
The O Pioneer mural captures pioneers in West Texas, living in a sod house where they are turning the desert into a farmland. Quoting Walt Whitman "O Pioneers, Democracy Rests Finally Upon US, and Our Vision Sweep Through Eternity."
It appears that the library didn't like the bright light the sun and bricked in the windows. Build when Treasury Secretary William MacAdoo gave ranking to building based on amount of mail handled and requirements. First class of up to $60,000 classified it to be a Class C post office. Meaning brick facing, fireproof floors, public spaces restricted to very simple forms of ornament."
It filled the entire block on Bryan and Every, the Dallas Post Office and Federal Court House. The Post Office still exists, but the courthouse has moved. What once was the courtroom is now an event center and you can now buy a condominium in the old government building. The building is fireproof. Note how the window frames are all aluminum. (State of the art in the 1930's)
Mural of Texas framed by marble with a southwestern styled ceiling. Interesting looking at art outside under the windows, there is a scene of a stage coach and then another of a river paddle boat. Paddling up the Trinity River?
Jim is focusing on preserving and bringing awareness of those classic post offices. He is happy to speak to groups and show what it was like before the internet..