When Was the Post Office On Castro Street?

A seismic retrofit project reveals some Martinez history.

On the way downtown the other day, I happened to pass by the 600 block of Castro Street, across from La Tapatia. The seismic retrofit project has been going on at least a year, and renders the block a look not unlike what Berlin must have looked like right after WWII.

But in Martinez, these projects sometimes unearth signs and messages from days gone by. This project is no exception.

A look over the doorway of this building revealed a sign that read "Post Office Martinez Cal."

The post office on Court Street was built in 1936, so this post office clearly dates before that. A check with local history books revealed nothing.

So I throw it out for my readers: Does anyone know when this post office operated? Any information about what else was on this block?

Have it at, local history experts! 

Chris J Kapsalis January 18, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I used to ask my great aunt about these things but she passed away in 2004. Not many old timers still around fromt hat time perdiod. My mom doesn't know and she was born in 34. She suggested John Sparacino may know. She was going to aska few poeple last night, I havn;t talked to her yet this morning. I have an idea though. I serched google and found out when the story ran in the old Herald and cold check on microfilm about that article and see if they mention the old one. I rememeber abotu a year ago or so when workers uncovered this plaque a breif story ran in the Gazette I believe. They did not know when it was a post office though. I cannot rememeber ecactly what they reported about it at the time. Or was it patch?
Doreen January 18, 2013 at 09:49 PM
I wonder if they'll incorporate the old sign into the remodel? It would be nice to leave it.
MIKE ALFORD January 19, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Yes They told Me yesterday that it is going to stay there ---- My mom was born in 1923 and she said than when she was a little girl that my grand mother ust to go to the post office on Castro St That was befor they built the one on Court St. Maybe Christen Henderson Would Know !
post officer January 19, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Jim has been now emailed copies of 1928-1935 city directories. Yes Post office on 700 block Castro 1929-1936. 1920 Sanborn shows that block 700 a dresses, may have shifted numbers to 600s as happened to all streets over time. Prior on las juntas.
post officer January 19, 2013 at 07:56 PM
P.s. I never read patch anymore, but for some reason felt intuition to. Ck in. (Still not used to my new tab computer either).


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