Seattle Post Office Renamed In Honor Of The Late Jimi Hendrix

first_imgJimi Hendrix was a man who needed no introduction–mostly due to the fact that he was talented enough to let his guitar do the talking for him. It’s that lasting musical legacy which has presumably inspired Washington state officials to green-light the official renaming of a Seattle-area post office in honor of the late guitarist, who died back in 1970 at the age of just 27.What was once registered as the Renton Highlands Post Office in the Seattle suburb of Renton, Washington, will now and hopefully forever be known as the James Marshall ‘Jimi’ Hendrix Post Office Building. The declaration was unanimously passed into state law from a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, and both of Washington’s U.S. senators in Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. It’s one of life’s great ironies when  governments which once despised a generational icon like Hendrix back in the late-1960’s, is now going out of its busy way to make sure he get’s his own post office. Then again, the man was known for his vibrant love of written correspondence and stamp collections… probably.Related: Someone Converted Jimi Hendrix’s Apartment Into The Hendrix MuseumThe guitarist grew up in the Seattle area, and is buried less than a mile from where his new Post Office stands at the Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery. Although the guitarist was born and raised in the Seattle metropolitan area, it wasn’t until he relocated over to London’s mod-scene in the latter half of the 1960s when he began experiencing global success thanks to filmed appearances at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and at Woodstock a few years later.“This designation will further celebrate Hendrix’s deep connection to the Puget Sound region and help ensure that his creative legacy will be remembered by our community and inspire future generations,” Rep. Smith said in a statement about the city’s latest tribute to Jimi.Back in June of 2017, a local park in Seattle’s Central District was opened to the public and dedicated in Jimi’s honor after year’s of planning and campaigning by The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation.[H/T Seattle Times]last_img