The Essex post office next to the abandoned café and gas station
The Essex post office is still open. When it closes in a year or two, there will be no services at all left in Essex. A few people still live here.
I stop in to buy a few stamps for postcards and have a good chat with the postal clerk, who has been working here since the mid-1960s. He's happy that there has been some effort to record the area's history in recent years.