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Arizona’s deep Christmas history

by The 100 Companies

‘Tis the season to dig into the moniker behind one particularly festive Arizona locale – Christmas, an uninhabited mining town in Gila County, where over 55 million pounds of copper (and trace amounts of silver and gold) were mined between 1904-1943.

A post office, which opened in 1905, was especially busy during December when denizens from across the country directed their holiday cards and packages there to receive a literal Christmas postmark.

Festive correspondence continued to arrive (for two decades!) following the post office closure in 1935 – all of which was forwarded to the nearby town of Winkelman.

Season’s greetings, indeed.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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