In leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Dec. 8, 1912

Plans for a new rural route have been perfected and the new mail line will open within a short time, according to the statement of J. Knox Corbett, Post Master at Tucson. The new route will be known as Number 2, and is 27 miles long. G.K. Marshall, post office inspector, spent several days here recently looking over the ground. Before leaving he heartily recommended that the new line be added.

The new route will go to all farmers along the Rillito. It was stated by Corbett that this will satisfy a long felt want. In order that the whole route may be covered daily, a horse and buggy will be used by the carrier.

The only thing necessary to the establishing of the new route is the guaranteeing of mail boxes being built along the line; this is a rural route law. Corbett will pledge the necessary number and then send in the application to Washington to the Post Office department.

The new route will be of special benefit at this time, as the parcels post law coming into effect on January 1 will send considerable parcels mail along the new line. Corbett stated that there was a lot of mail of this description coming to the farmers every day. It will lighten the work of the post office employees also.

- Arizona Daily Star

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