The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Lee Poleske
For The LOG 

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Bartlett Post Office


Photo courtesy of Lee Poleske

Bartlett Post Office left a mark on Alaska, or at least its mail...

The Women's Division of Christian Service of the Methodist Church took over the abandoned army hospital at Fort Raymond in 1946 and established a tuberculosis hospital, the Seward Sanatorium and Rehabilitation Center.

The Sanatorium had its own post office for many years. It was named Bartlett, in honor of E. L. "Bob" Bartlett, Alaska's Delegate to the U. S. House of Representative at the time. It opened on May 6, 1949. The first postmaster was Melvin L. Anderson.

The post office and the Sanatorium both closed in 1958. During its 12 years of existence the Sanatorium treated 1,162 patients.

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