Friday, April 22, 2011

Zipping Across America

From the April 15th American Profile Magazine.

In my history blog, I wrote an entry about the men from Sudbury, Massachusetts who took part in the Battle of Concord, April 19, 1775. This town has the Zip Code 01776, a very patriotic one at that. It probably would have been better to be 01775 which belongs to Stow, Massachusetts.

The US Postal Service initiated the five-number ZIPs in 1963 to better manage the growing amounts of mail.

The first numbers were based on geography with 0 in the East and moving to 9 in the West. The next two numbers represent regional areas and the last two a specific post office.

The highest Zip Code is 99950 in Ketchikan, Alaska, and the lowest 00501 which routes mail to the IRS processing center in Holtsville, NY.

Waban, Massachusetts may have the easiest to remember, 02468. Errol, NH, has 03579. Kerby, Ore, has 97531.

Luckiest Zip Code is Newark's 07110 and 70011 in Metarie, La.. The binary ZIP is in New York City 10101. Melrose, NY, has the dance ZIP 12121 while Columbus, Ohio, has the countdown ZIP 43210.

Only one residence in the US has its own ZIP and that would be the White House with 20500.

Wonder What Zippy the Pinhead Would Think? --RoadDog

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