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The Riverside Station’s big move: who will feel it most? Plus, bonus name trivia

The U.S. Post Office building at Riverside and Lincoln is pictured at its centennial celebration. It opened on Oct. 4, 1909. The office is in the process of relocating to another downtown location. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
The U.S. Post Office building at Riverside and Lincoln is pictured at its centennial celebration. It opened on Oct. 4, 1909. The office is in the process of relocating to another downtown location. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Some leftovers from last week's big announcement that the U.S. Postal Service will move out of the downtown Riverside post office.

First: some of the area's businesses will feel the impact. Close to 1,000 post office boxes are rented at the Riverside office, and many belong to nearby businesses. Those boxes will also move out, in the first half of 2012, when the downtown station is relocated.

Question One: Who's going to feel the relocation the most?  Vote for your choice.

  • A) U.S. District Court and its associated offices (judges and magistrates).
  • B) U.S. District Attorney's office (in the Foley building).
  • C) The big law firms in the Lincoln Building across the street.
  • D) The Cowles Company, which relies on the post office for inbound and outbound mail.

Another tidbit: the downtown Riverside office was never known as the "Main" post office, according to our historical research. The "main" office is by tradition the name only for the one that houses the local postmaster's office.

The current postmaster, Karen Fairlee, didn't move into the downtown office until 2000. Fairlee said the head office, before then, was at the old Terminal Annex, where Gonzaga's baseball field is now.

"The postmaster moved downtown in  2000 and since everyone knew (the downtown office) as “Riverside” (because that had been the office name for 90 years), the designation was not officially changed," Fairlee explained in an email.

"Currently, the proper title is the Riverside Station," Fairlee added.  




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