Wisconsin History Day By Day


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Read More About It

"Wisconsin Post Office Handbook, 1821-1971" Compiled by James Hale

"The Territorial Post Offices of Wisconsin"


Vocabulary:

established
postmaster


Interesting Fact:

In 1832, post roads, or mail routes, were established between Green Bay and Chicago and from Green Bay to Prairie du Chien.


Study Questions:

  • How long would it take to deliver a letter from Green Bay to Prairie du Chien in the mid-1820"s?
  • How much did it cost to send a letter in the 19th century?
  • When was the post office in your community established? Who was the first postmaster?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the history of mail delivery in Wisconsin:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 6:

    1927: The first movie with sound, "The Jazz Singer," debuts.



  • October 6

    October 6, 1821: The first post office in Wisconsin was established at Green Bay. John Deane was the postmaster. The second post office was established on October 6, 1824, in Prairie du Chien with James Lockwood as postmaster.


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