There it was: A big dime, about two feet across, in a big plexiglass box – in Dime Box, Texas.
Folks, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.
It was awesome.
Of course, this begs the obvious question: Which came first? Was there a dime in the box and people built a town around it, or was the town already named Dime Box and someone with a sense of the ironic built a big dime and put it in a box?
To add to the mystery, the town welcomes you with a massive mailbox.
Annnd, they (whomever “they” are) put it so high up in the air only a small airplane would be able to deliver mail to it.
But the mail would have to be pretty big to fit in that giant mailbox. Then, you’d need a much bigger plane to deliver that big mail.
This is probably why the post office is going out of business.
Believe it or not, the big dime and the giant mailbox are related. Cue your lesson for today…
A long time ago, like when horses brought the mail, if you wanted a letter delivered you left it, along with a dime, in a wooden box for weekly delivery to nearby Giddings. This wooden box was inside the Brown’s Mill post office.
Ah-ha! A clue! The town was originally named Brown’s Mill. So now we know the dime-in-a-box came first.
Apparently the practice of placing a dime in a box along with your letter was somewhat unique to this town or a lot more towns would have a big dime in a box.
It does too make sense.
See the Big Dime in small Dime Box and the Big Mailbox on Ramsey St./FM 141, in Dime Box, Texas, which is just over an hour east of Austin.