Last year, during the winter months, I started including historical and human-interest stories in my articles, and I received a lot of positive feedback. I am excited to be including them again this year. This week, I am going to look at two of the “pioneer” post offices we had in the Beech Mountain community. Since 1956, the Elk Park Post Office has served the Beech Mountain community, but we did have two other post offices, one located in Dark Ridge and one in Whaley. The Dark Ridge office was built in 1882, with George W. McGuire Jr. serving as its first postmaster. George W. McGuire Jr. had two brothers, David and Leander McGuire, who would also serve as postmasters at the Dark Ridge office. James Walsh was the last postmaster at the Dark Ridge Post Office when it closed in 1932. The Whaley post office was built in 1902, with William Trivett serving as its first postmaster. Leander McGuire, who was also a postmaster at the Dark Ridge office, served as the second postmaster at the Whaley office. Bird McGuire and his wife, Eliza, also served as postmasters. The Whaley Post Office served the community proudly for many years. The Whaley post office, along with many other “pioneer” post offices in the area, was closed in 1956. Even though they are gone, we should never forget the important role that both the Dark Ridge and Whaley post offices played in the growth of our community.
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