Youngstown is a super historic little village in the northwestern most corner of New York State. Like much of Niagara County with water access, the land here played a large role in the Battle of 1812. You’ll find history of settlements here prior to that, and of course there were people living here long before white settlers moved in. But during that fateful battle, what’s known today as Youngstown was entirely burned by the British and their local allies.
After the war, a slow rebuilding effort began by settlers buying property and establishing businesses and homesteads. Here in Youngstown, historians say that the village was well re-established by the 1840’s.
The Post Office here serving zip code 14174 admittedly is not that noteworthy from the outside. I happened to be driving through on a holiday, so there was no shot at seeing inside. But, this era of offices is fairly standard and common. I didn’t feel like I was missing out by having to remain in the parking lot. Though, the Youngstown Post Office does have one of those cool metal signs on the front.
The Youngstown Post Office isn’t entirely mundane though–it’s actually made the news! In October 2020, a carrier for this zip code was caught dumping 1,300 pieces of mail, rather than delivering them on his route. He admitted to doing it, and suffered a fine of $600.