COLORADO: Letters for Gus

Except for the depot, there are only five buildings in Marshall Pass, Colo. Twice a week the train with the mail from Salida comes chuffing up the Denver & Rio Grande Western, snuffling around the bare ribs of the Colorado mountains like an old hound dog on a cold trail. In the quiet at 11,000 feet, when the wind is right, Postmaster Gus Latham can hear the train coming about an hour before it arrives. Marshall Pass (pop. 11) is the U.S.'s smallest post office. Gus, who has lived in Marshall Pass for the last 21 of his 64 years,...

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