Tukwila beginnings: Foster Post Office opens on August 17, 1903.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 1/01/2000
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 582
On August 17, 1903, Foster Post Office opens. Adam Held serves as the first postmaster. Mail is distributed from a store operated by Joseph Foster located at 52nd Avenue S (formerly Foster Street) and Interurban Avenue S.

On April 30, 1907, the post office closes. Foster was located 9 miles south of Seattle within the city limits of Tukwila on the Duwamish River at the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter Section 14 Township 23 N Range 4 E.

Sources: Guy Reed Ramsey, "Postmarked Washington, 1850-1960," Microfilm (Olympia: Washington State Library, February, 1966), 671-672.

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