Some of the most secluded towns in America are in Montana, so that means that we have some of the most remote United States Post Offices in the country. Where are these (often charming) small town anchors?

I'll admit - I've never heard of a few of these small Montana towns. Even the Google Street View Car didn't bother to drive and photograph all of the "downtown" areas. We had to make do with satellite views for those post offices.

The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general; he also served a similar position for the colonies of the Kingdom of Great Britain. The Post Office Department was created in 1792 with the passage of the Postal Service Act.

In true American style, the VERY first 'post office' was a bar in Boston called Richard Fairbank's Tavern. It was the first official place that mail from overseas would be gathered in colonial America. But the story of the Post Office goes a bit deeper, with the British North American Postal System:

!n 1692, New Jersey Governor Andrew Hamilton established postmasters in each of the existing North American colonies. The very first "long distance" route was between Williamsburg, VA and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Because there was no official post office, the early postal riders would deposit mail at taverns in the community instead of delivering directly to a person's address.

Although we didn't measure their remoteness to the mile, let's take a look at some of the most rural post offices across the state of Montana. (No surprise to find a whole lot of open space around these small towns, often just miles from the Canadian border!)

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