Mail home delivery hits 20 years |

Mail home delivery hits 20 years

Dylan Silver
Tribune file photo

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Almost 21 years ago, on Oct. 1, 1990, the United State Postal Service officially began carrier delivery in South Lake Tahoe, one of the last towns in the country to receive the service.

Then postmaster Larry Groce, who now lives in North Carolina, remembers the transition away from the satellite distribution centers like the ones on Black Bart and Eloise Avenue that are now closed.

“Every week I was in the newspaper with questions and answers about how it was going to work,” Groce said.

Group leader custodian Dave Fischer, who’s worked at the Al Tahoe branch for 30 years, recalled some of the challenges of introducing home delivery.

“Residents didn’t really care for it because the snow removal and keeping your mail box clean,” he said. “The businesses liked it.”

Though keeping the mailboxes far back enough to keep them from getting clipped by snowplows proved to be tough for South Lake Tahoe residents, home delivery was implemented to make their lives a little easier and a little cleaner.

At the time, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency wanted to reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled in the Tahoe Basin by 1.5 million. Carrier delivery was expected to save South Shore residents about 30,000 miles.

Environmental concern was the driving force behind the new service, but Groce found working out the implementation to be pretty entertaining.

“It was fun at the time,” Groce said. “It was sort of like I was Benjamin Franklin, starting home delivery.”

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