On Friday, September 29, 2008, the U.S. Postal Service placed the Bristow Post Office on emergency suspension. The Butler County community home to 202 residents received Wednesday that week after the postmaster moved to another job and a “lack of qualified and available personnel” could fill the vacancy. Residents had the option of erecting a rural mailbox in front of their homes or picking up mail from metal “cluster boxes” that were placed outside of the Bristow Community Center, which previously shared the building with the now-closed post office.
Service was originally established in Bristow on July 29, 1857 under the name Boylan’s Grove. The Bristow name was assigned May 16, 1876; the post office was officially discontinued in March 2010.