"Mail Delivery to Begin on Birchwood Road"

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 19:00

The following story is from an article in a Sept. 1960 Knik Arm Courier. It has been edited by the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society’s Memory Retrievers writing group:


Prior to the fall of 1960 Birchwood residents needed to pick up their mail at the post office in Chugiak. Postmaster Paul Swanson announced the new scheduled “Star Route” delivery by Dave Sweeny, the mail carrier. This would be an extension of Star Route 02114, which at that time served only those who had their mail boxes along the Glenn Highway. Sweeny would start his deliveries at the Mile 21 end of the Birchwood Road, completing it at the Mile 17 end of the Loop and back-tracking to the Chugiak Post Office for the afternoon mail pick-up and delivery and then proceed on to Anchorage.

Residents were instructed to request the new delivery by visiting the Chugiak Post Office and picking up the regulations relative to Star Route Box Delivery, which probably was necessary since packages, insured mail and registered mail would be held at the Anchorage Post Office.

This service resulted from a petition by the residents of Birchwood. It was a good start.


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