Tag Archives: Franklin County

Post Office 50341 (Coulter, Iowa)

The first post office was established in the Franklin County community of Coulter on April 30, 1902, with George F. Propst named postmaster. The post office operated inside the general store Propst co-owned for a year, until it was relocated to a spot within the new hardware store constructed the following year. In 1939, it moved to the old hotel building before moving to its current location ten years later. Around 3:00 a.m. on February 8, 1984, the postal box area was damaged and some mail was destroyed. Damage was repaired and the office reopened a short time later.

Former Post Office 50611 (Bristow, Iowa)

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.

Feature: Windsor Theatre (Hampton, Iowa)

Windsor Theatre (Hampton, Iowa)

Though Iowa is home to many one-screen movie theatres, few have a more compelling story than the Windsor Theatre in Hampton, Iowa.  Located on the northwest corner of Hampton’s picturesque courthouse, the theatre plays first-run movies nightly, with extra shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The Windsor Theatre was constructed in 1913 and in continuous operation through May 1996.  When the theatre ceased operation, the community took action.  A group of students and adults banded together to form a non-profit organization dedicated to reopening the theatre.  Over a quarter-million dollars was invested to purchase and renovate the facility, which re-opened in mid-1999.

The beautifully-remodeled theatre features a large screen, plush seating, and sound and picture far superior to most small Iowa theatres.  Arrive a few minutes early to peruse the cozy lobby and grab a glass of soda and bag of popcorn to enjoy during the film.  Movie tickets are $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth; seniors may want to check out the Sunday matinees for the $2.00 special.

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