Wheat Ridge Post Office

Address: 4210 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge, 80033

The Wheat Ridge community had talked for several years about applying for a Post Office. Since 1892 the area had been included in the Edgewater Post Office Rural Service that served most of eastern Jefferson County from Clear Creek to Bear Creek. Following the 1912 election, Fred Bunger, Sr., who was an active Democrat and a leader in civic improvement, acted. On July 8, 1913, Wheat Ridge was granted a Post Office and Mr. Bunger was appointed postmaster. It was customary for 4th class postmasters to be appointed as a political favor. He had to provide his own building, which he did with the erection of a 16' x 25' brick building on the northeast corner of his apple orchard in the 7100 block of West 38th Avenue, across the street from the Wheat Ridge High School. He served for nine years until the Republicans under Harding regained the White House in 1921 and Mrs. Cora Taggart was named Postmistress and Nancy Holley, an active Republican, built a frame post office at West 38th Avenue and Reed Street (6995 W. 38th Avenue). A need for more space prompted a move to a new building owned by George Hively at 7100 W. 38th Avenue, a few yards east of the original 1913 site. Mrs. Roxie Broad was the Postmistress overseeing the activities of six employees. In 1955, the post office was moved to 3810 Pierce Street, a building erected and owned by Pete Ricci. In July 1977, the post office moved to 4210 North Wadsworth Boulevard in the Time Square Shopping Center. In 1996 the post office had a staff of 69.
Quad Map/Date: Arvada, 1965 (1980)
Sec/Town/Range: S23, T3S, R69W
Elevation: 5450
Source: U.S. Postal Service; Wheat Ridge Centennial - Bicentennial Commission, "Biographical Sketches of Early Settlers of Wheat Ridge," pp. 7-8; Wheat Ridge Historical Society Files
Last Modified: Sat, October 18 1997

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