Photos by Cheryl Landes
The Ochopee Post Office, 75 miles west of Miami, is considered to be the smallest post office in the United States. The tiny building started as an irrigation pipe shed owned by the J.T. Gaunt company tomato farm.
One night in 1953, a fire destroyed Ochopee’s general store and original post office. That’s when postmaster Sidney Brown quickly turned the shed into the current post office. Today, this building serves double duty as a U.S. post office and a ticket station for the Trailways Bus Lines.
The Ochopee Post Office serves residents in a three-county area, including the Seminole and Miccosukee Indians living in the region. Daily business often includes requests for the Ochopee postmark from tourists and stamp collectors.