Monday, December 5, 2005

Last U.S. Postman To Deliver Mail By Boat

MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Ala. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Neither rain, snow, sleet or hail has kept Huey L. Collins from delivering the mail, nor has a body of water.

That’s because the 71-year-old Collins is the last remaining postal carrier in America to deliver letters by boat.

Since 1992, he’s been delivering mail part-time down the Magnolia and Fish Rivers in Magnolia Springs, Alabama, fending off the occasional snapping alligator.

But by June of next year, when Collins’ contract will be up for bid again, he’ll be calling it quits.

That means the fate of the last water postal route will be up in the air. The Post Office may decide to convert the route into a land route as they have been considering over the past few years.

At any rate, Collins says for him, “It’s time to get out of the game.” He plans to focus on his fishing camp full time.

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