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The way it was: Christmas mail -- 1962
Dec 22, 2013 - Staff
At Christmas time 51 years ago, much of Fremont County's mail from out of state was delivered via Rawlins, where there was a large regional mail sorting facility. The Rawlins mail truck passed daily through Lander and Riverton and back again.
Driver Floyd Montgomery had the Rawlins route in 1962, a Christmas season made easier on mail carriers due to a extended stretch of mild weather that contrasted sharply with the winter from a year earlier, still on record as one of the coldest in Fremont County history. High temperatures reached the 40s more than half the time leading to Christmas in December 1961, including on Dec. 20, the day this picture was taken, when Lander's high was 47, South Pass 45 and Riverton 40.
But it turned bitterly cold on Christmas day, when Riverton's extremes were 8 and -21, Lander 8 and -12.