Monday-Saturday, the train came roaring down the tracks from Houston. The U.S. mail was picked up and dropped off - sometimes without stopping.
Mail was placed in a bag with a long sturdy strap. The engineer used a pole with a hook, to accomplish the transaction. The mail pole (in the background) stood on the east side of the track, near Porter pond. Alas...like so many other landmarks... the pond is gone, filled in to make way for progress, but it was located near the intersection of (current) Loop 494 and FM1314... known back in the day as Highway 59 and Hester Highway. (Picture is from the 'picture box' of Lucille Epperson Matthews, daughter of Ruben Lee Epperson and wife of Judge A.D. Matthews)