Pack Trains as Mail Carriers

Slim at Sierra Madre Post Office

Slim at Sierra Madre Post Office

Many an early packer was also an employee of the US Postal Service. In the old days, some of the mountain resorts, including Big Santa Anita Canyon’s own Roberts’ Camp, had an official Post Office. The animals brought visitors’ post cards to town and kept the resort owners & cabin dwellers in touch with the outside world.

Today, the town of Sierra Madre at the base of the mountains holds an annual, week-long event called Pioneer Days. One activity is to visit a different resort site each year. A temporary postmaster is appointed for the day, rubber stamps are made with the name of the camp, and the Boy Scouts apply official cancellations to letters and post cards. The mail is then brought out of the canyon, bound for the Sierra Madre Post Office by donkey as it was in the 1800’s.

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