Rockham is in Faulk County, South Dakota, about 80 miles northeast of Pierre. I visited Rockham while on a trip to shoot several neighboring places — Miranda, and Lily — and they all turned out to be beautiful places to photograph.
I did not know the significance of this Post Office when I arrived, but it stood out among the buildings on Broadway Street as a place that was cared-for and maintained nicely.
Rockham’s reported population in the 2010 Census was 33.
After I returned home, I discovered Rockham’s post office is significant for its longevity. A post office has been in continuous operation since 1887. As of this writing, small post offices likes this, in tiny communities all over rural America, are getting strangled by regulations from Congress that could be easily undone if they would stop playing politics. Please support your small town postal service.
There are reportedly 13 households in Rockham, and I saw a number of formerly inhabited homes, still in pretty nice condition.
This looks like a former service station if I had to guess. It looks like the owner is using it as storage space now.
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Photos by Troy Larson, copyright © 2014 Sonic Tremor Media