One of the perks of being a reporter is getting to see things that are normally shielded from the general public.
Last week, I was treated to a guided tour of the York City Post Office at 200 S. George St. in York — without a doubt one of the coolest place I’ve been lucky to see.
On Saturday, the post office closed its doors. Today, the office reopened in a much smaller location at 160 W. Market St. in York.
With its antique lamps and gilded mailboxes, the lobby of this 102-year-old building is impressive. But, that public area doesn’t hold a candle to the historic treasures found deep within the 65,000-square-foot downtown landmark.
Aside from serving a fallout shelter, the basement was once home to a shooting range used extensively by postal police. Back in the day, armed postal police would escort bags of mail from the train station in York to the post office.
Although the range has been converted to storage areas, if you look close, you can still spot a few bullet holes along the wall.
In one section of the basement, you’ll come across a door-sized opening in a wall that appears to have no business being there. Don’t make the mistake of writing the opening off as an incomplete storage area.
It’s a passage way that allows a person to walk between walls. The only source of light comes from slits in the wall and small holes in the floor.
In the past, before surveillance equipment, postal inspectors would use this access way to keep tabs on workers. From many vantage points, one can peer down into the lobby or locker rooms.
Now, that’s just cool.