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Re: Falling Spring Post Office
Posted by: Jerry Rathmann (ID *****6781) Date: June 13, 2004 at 19:04:14
In Reply to: Re: Falling Spring Post Office by Virginia Lawson Long of 932

I have seen some very old Douglas County maps and it was always Falling Spring. It is on a gravel lane, very rough, fenced, totally overgrown and not marked. Without a local you can never find it. The closest marker I can give you is the Denlow Church but there is some rough going after that.
A lot of the locals do not even know. Not too far from it is what the locals call Lakey spring after the Lakey family who lost members in a flash flood. There is only a pipe coming out of the wall there. Falling Spring looks like it might have possibilities if it were all cleaned out and opened up. Nothing is left around there to speak of. We were really running late or i would like to have gone a little further to see what was up ahead. Across from the Spring is fenced grazing land. Down the main road from the Denlow Church was a really old empty house. I would like to have looked into the original ownership of that as well. But when the people you are traveling with have the car it makes it a little harder. The Rancher who helped us lived a few miles down the main road from the Denlow Church.(left facing the Church) Like I said we met him a the Champion Store. It was just blind luck. It is still on the maps but you can see from them that it would be a real trick to find. The only ones of the James, Smith, Browning clans posted in Douglas County Falling Spring Post Office 1860 is Lucinda James who was the daughter of Jesse Ballard James. She married Ira Briscoe.
For that reason with so many sites yet to see I probably will not go back.
Happy Hunting--Jerry


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