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Farewell, Georgetown P.O.

When the railroad extended north through Cuba City in the 1870s, businesses and residents slowly left more established communities, like Georgetown, and gravitated toward the upstart village along the train tracks. Despite a shrinking population, Georgetown survived through the following decades, but it suffered a blow in 1920 when its post office, which had operated for over 70 years, closed its doors. People living in the area would begin receiving their mail via Cuba City's Rural Route 2 and Platteville's Rural Route 5.

The Georgetown post office was established in 1849 in a log cabin built by early settler George Wineman. Georgetown was known as Smelser, or Smelser's Grove, at that time, but would later be renamed Georgetown in honor of Wineman.

The subsequent postmasters were Robert Nash, Frank Dingley, Robert Wilson, James H. Cabanis, William Dent, and James Jeffrey.  Jeffrey had run the post office since 1897, and when he shut its doors for the last time, he wa…

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