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Peninsula Reflections

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2007

 

  Postmaster MaryAnn Dyke is shown in this undated photo raising the flag on the new Clam Gulch flag pole. Dyke has been the postmaster since November 2004. Photo courtesy of Joyce Snow

Postmaster MaryAnn Dyke is shown in this undated photo raising the flag on the new Clam Gulch flag pole. Dyke has been the postmaster since November 2004.

Photo courtesy of Joyce Snow

With the push of the Sterling Highway through the wild Kenai Peninsula in 1950 the Clam Gulch Post Office came into existence.

Through the petitioning efforts of Fran and Per Osmar and fellow homesteaders, the first Clam Gulch Post Office was opened in the Osmar homestead house with Fran Osmar as the first postmaster.

As the community grew, the post office was moved to a trailer and then a garage before being moved to the leased building (formerly a hunting cabin) it presently occupies, in February 1981.

The old flagpole had been damaged several times by snowslides from the roof. The new location away from the building will hopefully keep the flag flying. The U.S. flag now proudly waves from a new 20-foot aluminum flagpole in Clam Gulch.

"Clam Gulch was in line for a new facility but following the Katrina disaster, the line got longer so we just keep working on keeping this building glued together. It was time to retire the homemade flagpole of two pipes bolted together, so today we are happy to fly the stars and stripes on a new and sturdier flagpole," said Postmaster MaryAnn Dyke.

This column was provided by Joyce Snow.

(Joyce Snow 252-4256)



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