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September 10th, 2016

Mr. Palmer was really liked [Sep. 10th, 2016|03:08 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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darkestwriter has bugged me twice in comments on an old post to write more Anecdotes. I've had this one at the ready, but thought I would instead use it to jump-start my Medium blog which I have also let languish.

There are two towns in Alabama, Palmerdale and Remplap. I looked it up once; I believe these two towns are 18 miles apart.

Legend has it that both towns became towns and requested post offices at nearly the same time. Except, at the time, Remlap wasn't Remlap–it was called Palmer.

The Postmaster General–or whomever the appropriate person is that makes the decisions where post offices would go–said that they both couldn't get post offices because that would mean two post offices would come on line within months of each other and it would be confusing having two similarly named towns so close to each other. This would cause too much confusion for the United States government to handle.

Palmerdale got their paperwork in first, so they got their post office. Palmer, on the other hand, did not...until (as I've already spoiled the story above) they spelled Palmer backwards and birthed the town of Remlap which then made that town eligible to get a post office.

You can read about this on Remplap's Wikipedia page. The cautious reader will note that the reference for this piece of trivia is a book called A Place Called Peculiar: Stories about Unusual American Place-Names.

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