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Purkett's Grocery - Bynum, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 47° 58.663 W 112° 18.731
12T E 402076 N 5314656
Quick Description: This ghost sign is easily noticed by those who pass through the little hamlet of Bynum, should they not pass through too quickly AND pass from south to north.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 3/11/2019 9:26:32 PM
Waymark Code: WM1074R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 1

Long Description:
Puckett's Grocery was established by Charles Purkett in 1926 and for several years was one of two grocery stores in the town. That was before the town began to shrink, leaving it barely able to support one grocery store. The major reason why Purkett's Grocery was able to remain open when others failed was that, beginning around 1934, it became home to the Bynum Post Office, operating it from a lean-to at the side of the building until 2000.

For decades it had been proposed off and on that Bynum be given a new, stand alone post office. The news article below deals with that possibility as far back as 1968. In spite of attempts to attain a post office, the postal status quo reigned until March 22, 2000, when a new post office building was opened for business, spelling the death knell for Purkett's Grocery.

The store was closed by 2002, leaving behind a ghost sign on the side of the building and the name on the front, Purkett's Grocery. Following is an ad run by the store in 1993. Ad goes Here

Shut Down of Bynum Post Office Has Been 'Temporarily Delayed'
August 01, 1968 | Choteau Acantha
David Purkott, Bynum postmaster, said Monday that the Post Office Department had called to tell him of a "temporary delay" on the scheduled closure of his office His office was among 250 fourth class offices ordered closed effective Aug. 2, 1968, as a part of personnel limitations imposed by Congress...

...Friday afternoon the Senate voted to exclude the Post Office Department from the personnel cutback and the department said it would wait another week to give the House of Representatives time to act on it...

...Folks at Bynum aren’t impressed with the contribution they’d be making towards federal fiscal responsibility by sacrificing their postal service. It costs $3,700 a year to maintain the Bynum post office. Revenue from the sale of stamps, money orders and box rentals is a little over $1,200 a year, so the net cost to the government is about $2,500 annually, hardly the cost of a White House state banquet or a barbecue at the LBJ ranch for visiting VIP’s—or the expense of a B52 bomb run from Guam to Vietnam.

Ira Perkins, principal of the Bynum school 30 years, says, "Closing the post office will kill the town and create more problems than it solves”. He points to the communities of Bole, Agawam, Farmington and Collins that dried up soon after they lost their postal service.

Purkott says he would continue to operate the grocery store for a time, but he doesn’t think he could hang on for more than a year without the income from his salary as postmaster and the trade that is brought in by having the post office in his store Red Wheaton's wife runs the cafe in Bynum "We'd probably have to close down if we lost the grocery store," Red says. The bar would be the next to go—and that would be the end of Bynum.
From the Choteau Acantha

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