December 17, 1910: CORUM-MUROC Post Office Established

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The United States Post Office Department. established a fourth-class post office at a general store on the Corum brothers farm and appointed Clifford Corum as Postmaster. Because a postal facility already existed at Coram, California, the department rejected the name of “Corum” and instead accepted “Muroc” (Corum spelled backwards).  With the newly coined name of “Muroc” being given to the post office and the local settlement, it was perhaps inevitable that the great playa itself soon began to be called “Muroc Dry Lake.

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