The Winner South Dakota Post Office (57580) is one of those stately government buildings from the Franklin Roosevelt Days. Corner block has a date and FDR administration names on it. Guess I should have looked closer. One of these days, I will try to get a good photo of the post office in the right light without any piles of dirty snow around it.
In the meantime, if you want to guess what the answer is to the question, "Should we find work, or just stay on the dole and reproduce?" One look at the notice below from the Interior Dept and BIA might give you a huge clue.
Outside the building, a ramp has been constructed to make the building handicap-accessible. Unfortunately, it appears to have been designed by somebody from a few hundred miles away who was clueless of the actual site. The ramp starts near the west main entrance steps and then goes south up grade for 30 or 40 feet to a flat area which allows turn to east and then up the second half of the ramp. Photo below taken from the west near south end gives an indication:
You may be able to tell that the first half of the ramp pretty much follows the grade of the sidewalk in front of the post office parallel to the street. This seems to suggest that it would make sense to open the ramp either to the west or south near the south end as indicated below. Then extend another sidewalk to the street to the west for a parking spot labeled for the handicapped only. My guess is most people who would choose to use the ramp, would prefer having to go up only half of it instead of starting at the bottom and walking up both halves unless they were doing it just to get extra exercise.
It looks a lot like a good sorting chute for short-legged cattle. There may be some regulation that makes applying sense to this particular Winner Post Office to be impossible unless perhaps some Senator or Representative took note. I don't know. I do hope they don't have to shovel any more snow off the ramp or sidewalks this year. That wish might also mean I don't have to shovel any snow off sidewalks as well, so there is a bit of self interest implicit in that good wish.
**Stay tuned and make use of the PO. It is still a good deal..or at least pretty good..and the post office staff is friendly and alert-- Doug Wiken