Janesville Post Office
Post Office on S. Franklin. Circa 1940s.
Post Office on Dodge Street. Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, "United States Post Office", "Janesville", "Rock", "Wisconsin", "27890".
Backstory and Context
A permanent post office in Janesville marked Janesville's ascent from small city to medium sized metropolis, a sign of the booming development and settlement in the area. It is reported that the first Post Office was located in a tavern on East Milwaukee Street, and run by Henry Janes, the city's namesake. It was a good location as mail was not delivered to citizen`s homes like it is today; a central location to visit and pick up mail was desirable. Downtown Post Offices were the model for much of the Midwest, until the advent of rural delivery service and widespread use of the automobile.