Historical Markers of Runnels County - Blue Gap Post Office

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Blue Gap Post Office

Winters - 16 mi. E on FM 1773 off road

First post office in Runnels County. Named for Gap in Table Mountain. Established Feb. 14, 1878; used until transferred in 1882 to the town of Content 2 miles north. Last postmaster was A. A. Hanscomb. The one-room structure has hand-hewn cedar rafters, hand-made shingle roof and walls of roughly-hewn logs. Also served as a stop on the Round Rock to Buffalo Gap stage route. Cabin was recently restored.


Read more in the Handbook of Texas Online: Blue Gap, Texas

Postmasters at Blue Gap

James K. Paulk

February 14, 1878

B.F. Sullivan

September 16, 1878

J.J. Craig

April 15, 1879

James K. Paulk

June 2, 1879

Alfred A. Hanscomb

January 26, 1880

Discontinued in March 1881

The Blue Gap post office was attached to Coleman County as Runnels County hadn't been organized when it was opened.

This historical site was restored  and a marker was placed in 1962, at a time when marking historical places was a popular thing to do. It was one of the first markers placed in the county. Thirty eight years later, the photos below show the deteriorated state of the old log cabin.

A. A. Hanscomb inside the Blue Gap Post Office
Photo courtesy of Jerry Willis

Blue Gap Pass
Contributed by Jerry Willis

How it looked  in the 1970s.

Blue Gap Post Office 2000 (pictures taken by Terry Jenkins)

Structure has been dismantled and is in storage in Winters,
with hopes to one day reconstruct it near the Z.I. Hale Museum.

Do you know of any other historical markers in Runnels County? Please transcribe the marker and send to me at [email protected].

Last modified on -- Monday, 01-Oct-2007 21:06:05 MDT

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