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The United States' Smallest Post Office - Ochopee, Florida

The Ochopee Post Office (Tom Fearer, 2017) I initially thought that Florida's Ochopee Post Office's claims of being the country's smallest was just another one of those attention-getting taglines to get you to stop in some remote area. But I was wrong - at 61.3 square feet, the Ochopee Post Office is the smallest operating post office in the United States . A Collier County Historical Marker tells the Ochopee Post Office History. (Adam Prince - August 2011) It has held its title since 1953 when a fire at a local country store disabled the remote Southwest Florida Post Office.  Fortunately, an old irrigation shed was nearby, and it was quickly commandeered to serve residents in a 130-square-mile area, including the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes. The Ochopee Post Office - closed when I stopped - is pretty tiny! (Adam Prince - August 2011) In operation since then, the 'blink and you'll miss it' post office has been a fun stop for many travelers over the years. Vis
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