Rangeley
Franklin County, Maine

a service of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
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(updated 1 January 2019)


Thank you to Roland Simard for his contributions to this page.



During the history of the town of Rangeley, there have been twelve post offices.

Briefly the history of these twelve is as follows:
1. Bald Mountain post office, a summer office, was established on 9 April 1903. It operated until 30 April 1966 when it became Bald Mountain Rural Br. Oquossoc, this latter closing on 30 April 1968.
2. Barker was established on 9 April 1903 and closed on 10 November 1934.
3. Haines Landing operated from 21 June 1888 until 31 January 1935. It was re-established on 28 July 1936 as Mooselookmeguntic and operated until it was discontinued on 30 September 1947. It has been reported to have been discontinued as Haines Landing. Research is needed to clarify this.
4. Indian Rock was established on 1 September 1871 and closed on 31 August 1936.
5. Kennebago post office was established on 10 May 1913 and became Grants on 31 August 1914. Research is needed to determine when Grants was discontinued.
6. Kennebago Lake post office operated from 8 May 1879 until 31 March 1954.
7. Mingo Springs was a summer office and operated from 6 November 1917 until 15 November 1934.
8. Mountainview was a summer office and operatd from 15 May 1896 until 19 June 1935.
9. Oquossoc post office was established on 17 December 1902 and is still in operation.
10. Rangeley post office was established on 3 January 1851 and is still in operation.
11. Richardson post office operated from 28 March 1882 until 7 October 1887.
12. South Rangeley post office was established on 3 February 1913, closed on 15 March 1914, re-opened on 24 May 1924, and closed on 15 January 1935.


In 1914, there were nine post offices in Rangeley: Bald Mountain, Barker, Haines Landing, Indian Rock, Kennebago, Kennebago Lake, Mountainview, Oquossoc, and Rangeley. (source: Post Route Map of the State of Maine 1914)
      
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Postmarks from the town of Rangeley include:
Bald Mountain
Bald Mountain Rural Br. Oquossoc
Barker
Haines Landing
Indian Rock
Kennebago
Kennebago Lake
Mingo Springs
Mooselookmeguntic
Oquossoc
Rangeley
Richardson
South Rangeley



Bald Mountain


1903 April 9:
   Bald Mountain post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1949 August 29:
   The circular postmark is 32–34 mm in diameter. The horizontal bars to the right of the circle are approximately 6 mm apart on center.
      

1966 April 30:
   Bald Mountain post office became Bald Mountain Rural Br. Oquossoc. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)


Barker


1903 April 11:
   Barker post office opened as a summer office. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1911 September 18:
   The circular postmark is approximately 31 mm in diameter.
      

1934 November 10:
   Barker post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)


Indian Rock


1871 September 1:
   Indian Rock post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1936 August 5:
   The circular postmark is approximately 32 mm in diameter. Note that this cover was cancelled less than one month before the post office closed
      

1936 August 31:
   Indian Rock post office closed. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)


Rangeley


1851 January 3:
   Rangeley post office opened. (source: Maine Philatelic Society. 1995. The Post Offices of Maine: A Rarity Guide)

1852:
   Postmaster: John Haley

today:
   Rangeley post office is still in operation.