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12 U.S. places where your visit could double the population

By: Laura Moss on Aug. 1, 2011, 11:06 a.m.
Freeport, Kansas

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Freeport, Kan.

Founded in 1885, Freeport’s biggest claim to fame used to be that it was the smallest incorporated place in the U.S. with a bank — but in 2009, the bank moved. Now the city with a population of five might lose its post office — it’s one of 2,000 postal outlets that the federal government is considering closing. Only eight people in Harper County, Kan., currently have a postal box in the building. In 1997, Freeport was able to save its post office from closing, but residents acknowledge that they’re probably out of luck this time. Today, all that remains in Freeport are a handful of residents, a grain elevator and a church that’s on the National Registry of Historic Places.