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"The Post Office Dog"

Did you know the Cañon City Postal Service used to have a mascot? His name was King and he was a constant companion of the mail carriers, which earned him his honorary mascot title. Each year, the postal employees chipped in together to buy King’s dog license. In an article from the Cañon City Daily Record on May 25, 1957, it was stated that King showed no partiality in the carrier he decided to accompany each day. A later article from November 1958 begs to differ however. This article claimed King preferred to go with Rollo Gebhardt on City Route 2. Once Gebhardt retired, King spent the majority of his time with carrier John Robertson “and divided his home life with Robertson and John Bridges”. As a pup, King apparently spent his early life with Darrel Wayne Pontius but by 1954 he was a familiar companion of the mail carriers. King was apparently a very dedicated worker and was at the post office each morning at 8 AM. Every once in a while, he might pass up a mail route and spend some time in the office instead. King apparently wanted to make sure he learned every job although he preferred the mail routes.  In the evenings, he stayed with different postal workers and would choose an employee to go home with at the end of each day for his food and lodging.

Just because King didn’t have a permanent home didn’t mean he was destitute. A checking account filed under “King U.S. Mail” was in the care of Carl Weinheimer at the First National Bank. The account was first started by Frank Harvey and was maintained by dog lovers and postal employees. At the time of his death in 1958, the balance of King’s account was $13.00 and was used to pay the veterinarian and burial fee. King was apparently beloved by many and was well remembered.

Does anyone remember this loyal dog or have any pictures? If you do, we’d love to hear your story! Stop by the museum during our open hours Wednesday- Saturday between 10 AM- 4 PM, send us an email at historycenter@canoncity.org, or give us a call at (719) 269-9036.

2 thoughts on “"The Post Office Dog"

  1. Are there any existing photos of the Post Office at the Royal Gorge Bridge? When exactly did it operate? I know it was disbanded in ca. 1968, but when did it begin?

    1. Hi Terry,
      The Royal Gorge Post Office opened in 1949 with Dorothy Arko as the acting postmaster. She was commissioned as postmaster in 1951. The office had a zip code of 81246 and mail was taken down the incline railway to the train. From records, it appears the office was converted to a rural branch of Cañon City in 1966. According to an article written in 1991, the office didn’t close until 1988. It was only open from May to October each year with Dorothy as the postmaster the entirety of its run. All the photos the museum has of the office are owned by the Royal Gorge Bridge but we do have a an envelope stamped from the Royal Gorge in 1971 in our archives. I hope this was helpful and please feel free to contact us with any other questions!

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