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American Flag Ranch and Acadia Ranch - The Story of Oracle's Post Offices
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    • July 1881, American Flag cover with hand cancel

    • July 1881, American Flag cover with hand cancel
    • 1881-07-07
    • Postmarks—Arizona
    • Cover sent from American Flag to Cleveland, Ohio. Note the handwritten cancellation, dated July 7th. The American Flag Post Office was established on December 28, 1880 and was discontinued on July 16, 1890. This is one of the earliest known...
    • Sept 1881, American Flag cover

    • Sept 1881, American Flag cover
    • 1881-09
    • Postmarks—Arizona
    • Territorial cover addressed to Columbus, Ohio, with an American Flag cancellation of September, 1881. The first postmaster, Peter H. Loss, would have been running the post office at that time, and earning an annual compensation of $3.77.
    • Supply train in 1897

    • Supply train in 1897
    • 1897 ca.
    • Freight and freightage--Arizona
    • A supply train bound for Oracle from Benson around 1897. Adobe buildings visible in background.
    • Driving freight into Oracle

    • Driving freight into Oracle
    • 1900 ca.
    • Freight and freightage--Arizona
    • Clarence Leaverton driving a freight wagon into Oracle, Arizona a few years after the turn of the century.
    • 1902, Oracle territorial cover

    • 1902, Oracle territorial cover
    • 1902-07-17
    • Postmarks—Arizona
    • Territorial cover to a mining company in Gold Coast, West Africa, with Oracle cancellation of July 17, 1902.
    • Oracle Postmasters

    • Oracle Postmasters
    • 1906
    • Post Office Archives
    • These four cards document the Postmasters of Oracle through the years.
    • 1907, Oracle territorial cover

    • 1907, Oracle territorial cover
    • 1907-03-13
    • Postmarks—Arizona
    • Cover addressed to Phoenix, Arizona, with Oracle cancellation of March 13, 1907. The return address is the Acadia Ranch.
    • Acadia around 1908

    • Acadia around 1908
    • 1908 ca.
    • Ranch houses--Arizona
    • Looking at the Acadia Ranch from across the street. Tent house to right of the main building. Edwin S. Dodge, Oracle's second postmaster, moved to Oracle in 1880 and called his ranch "Acadia" after his home in Nova Scotia. Acadia Ranch housed the...
    • Oracle Post Office and General Merchandise store, circa 1908

    • Oracle Post Office and General Merchandise store, circa 1908
    • 1908 ca.
    • Post office buildings--Arizona; General stores--Arizona
    • The Oracle Post Office and General Merchandise store in 1908 or 1909. The third postmaster, John Estill, moved to Oracle from Ohio for the benefit of the health of his arthritic wife. He built a small square building to store the merchandise that...
    • John W. Lawson, 7-1908

    • John W. Lawson, 7-1908
    • 1908-07
    • Postmasters--Arizona
    • Postmaster John W. Lawson in a rocking chair on the front porch of a tent house. Both residents and visitors to Oracle lived in tent houses. Lawson's was one of the few that had a front porch.
    • Pack train in front of Acadia

    • Pack train in front of Acadia
    • 1908-07
    • Freight and freightage--Arizona
    • A small pack train passes by the Acadia Ranch. The buildings across the street are some of the Acadia cabins.
    • Burro and wildcat

    • Burro and wildcat
    • 1908-12
    • Postmasters--Arizona; Ranch life--Arizona--Pinal County
    • Future Postmaster John W. Lawson (standing) and Larry Grant (sitting on porch) in front of Acadia cabin. Note the dead wildcat on the burro. This photograph was taken a few years before Lawson became postmaster in 1911.
    • Buffalo Bill and friends in front of Acadia

    • Buffalo Bill and friends in front of Acadia
    • 1909-01-18
    • Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917
    • Buffalo Bill (William Cody) in front of Acadia cabins with Acadia owners, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur H. Winters (second and third from left). He purchased mining stock in Campo Bonito near Oracle.
    • Acadia cabins in snow

    • Acadia cabins in snow
    • 1909-03-10
    • Ranch houses--Arizona
    • Acadia cabins after snowfall in 1909. At more than 4,500 feet, Oracle receives snowfall each year, although it usually does not last long.

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