Ludington MI 1932 New Post Office Opening
Contributed by Paul Petosky
Construction began on April 14, 1932 by Hanson Brothers Company of Chicago, IL., general contractors for Ludington's new $135,000 post office. Project Engineer was J. Oliver O'Farrell, Treasury Department Engineer.
Cornerstone (what they termed as second stone) was layed on the southeast corner in the summer of 1932. The inscription reads: "Ogden L. Mills, Secretary of the Treasury; James A. Wetmore, Acting Supervising Architect, 1932."
Engineer for this project was H. Oliver O'Farrell. In attendance for this formal cornerstone ceremony according to C. W. Perry, postmaster at that time was Congressman James C. McLaughlin, guest speaker.
Dedication took place with the opening of the new Ludington, MI Post Office on Monday, March 13, 1933.
The Ludington Post Office is a structure of beauty, it is a Renaissance type of classic architecture, but yet modern in appointment and layout.
The next time you're in the Ludington area, stop by and marvel at the finest Bedford limestone and Tennessee marble that have gone into the construction of this beautiful building.
It is interesting to note and according to those who compiled the early history of Mason county, the first post office in this region was located in the hollow of a pine tree that stood on a point near where the old Taylor Mill was later located.
Photo and information courtesy of the Ludington Daily News)