Geography of the Post Office

During the second half of the nineteenth century, the introduction of the post office changed daily life in the Western United States. Over the course of 50 years, the number of post offices in this region expanded from just a handful to several hundred. Some post offices were established and stayed in operation long term; others had much shorter life spans as the west continued to change.

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Tax Fun Facts!

Ah yes, taxes are due today!  And here are a few interesting sites you might want to visit.

Why are taxes due today, April 18th?

Basically because the 15th fell on a Saturday and Monday was Emancipation Day in Washington DC.  Read more about it here.

Tax Freedom Day

Tax Freedom Day is a significant date for taxpayers because it represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden.  Basically you are working for the government!  Continue reading

Hillmap for Backcountry Travelers

Hillmap is a web based mapping app that lets you create and print free, customizable maps from high quality map layers.  You can also use Hillmap tools to calculate slope and distance, check the weather at your destination, analyze snowpack, and more.

This app is definitely handy to calculate your hiking route and check on the slope.  You can also turn on multiple overlays, like slope, weather radar, and other map information.  Give it a spin!