A new post office… well sort of

October 3, 2014
Old Salt Gum Post Office sign

Old Salt Gum Post Office sign

Scalf Village Post Office

Scalf Village Post Office

Salt Gum Hollow Road was the place. CA Bargo was the man and around 1920 was the year. What happened was the opening of the first post office in the back end of Stinking Creek Road. CA Bargo’s daughter Eva, married Victor Bingham and they moved up the road to Scalf, Kentucky.


When they moved, they took the post office with them. Victor Bingham had a small building that he and Eva were to call home. He simply built onto it and became postmaster. The Scalf or “post office at Salt Gum” as the ancient sign still reads, remained opened until 1988.

On September 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., Nick Walker the VPO coordinator for Kentucky chose the old location for a new purpose. He reopened a Village Post Office in the same exact building. Walker said that he had used a lot of shoe leather to find the place. He also stated, “I am glad that we are here working with these good people. They are doing this as a convenience for the community.” Buford Bingham, the proprietor, added, “This will just be handy for people that need a few stamps or priority shipping boxes.”

Bingham gave those that attended, a brief history of the area and a time line of postal delivery that occurred. “The mail was delivered on horseback up until the mid 1940s. Travelling sales people that actually found their way up here would usually end up spending the night. In 1949 or 1950 Ky 223 was built, and Will Brewer continued to deliver the mail. When Will retired, his son that most people still remember was Reed Brewer. Currently today, Will’s grandson Buddy Brewer is carrying on the tradition.

If from the area, and in need of stamps, call 606-542-4607.