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In 1896, fifteen Rural Free Delivery (RFD) routes were set up around the nation. China Grove, with J.B. Goodnight as carrier, was the state's first route. The standard route was twenty-four miles, and carriers rode horseback to deliver the mail. In 1938, an historical marker was erected in China Grove to make the day the mail was first carried out--October 23, 1896.