In a time when post offices are closing all across America, the Ages-Brookside post office story is a bit different. Brookside and Ages are two separate communities in Harlan County on KY 38 between Harlan and Evarts. The two communities are separated by a small creek. I can remember reading somewhere at one time, when the Ages and Brookside post offices were separate that they were the two closest post offices in the United States. Some time back, (one source says 1975) the Ages and Brookside post offices were combined and formed Ages-Brookside. The postal services were completed in this building until early 2014 when a leasing dispute with the postal service and the building owner forced the post office to close. Recently a village post office for Ages-Brookside has opened in a local farm store down the road from this location.