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A post office was established in Nome in 1899. It had the largest general delivery service in the United States. The line to pick up mail often wound around the block, and it was not uncommon to wait in line several hours to claim a letter. Twenty-four clerks worked in shifts around the clock to sort the mail. Every day the Seattle post office handled about half a ton of mail addressed to Nome. By mid-July, an average of four pounds of mail had been sent to each resident.

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