Elk Point post office to participate in Heritage Days The Elk Point Post Office will participate in Heritage Days on Aug. 21-22 in Heritage Park, Elk Point. Elk Point is the site of the first U.S. election west of the Mississippi River. The post office involvement will include a temporary post office (The Patrick Gass Election Station) located on the historical site during Heritage Days. The Patrick Gass Election Station will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. During these hours, a special pictorial cancellation will be available. The local artist/designer Linda McKay will be available to autograph her work during a few hours on Saturday and Sunday.
Other memorabilia items will also be available for sale during these hours.
Lewis and Clark arrived in what is known as Elk Point on Aug. 21, 1804. It is here that it is documented in their journals where they held an election for a new sergeant, after the death of Sergeant Floyd.
Sunday afternoon, the re-enactment of the election will be held. Once again, Patrick Gass will be elected by his peers for this position. His great-grandson, Eugene Painter-Gass, will be present for the re-enactment, and play the part of his great-grandfather, Patrick Gass.
"We are proud to be a
member of this community,"
said Elk Point Postmaster, Michelle Feldhacker. "Participating in Heritage Days is just another way of serving our customers."