Beit She’an Station
The community of Bet She’an was not on the line while an old Mounted Courier Post Inn near the tracks (hence the Turkish designation of ‘Han’, i.e. an Inn) few km’s to the south had served as the Station House. Underpopulated and poor in resources at the date in question; it must have been a simple siding used only when a sizeable shipment or the arrival of a local dignitary was signaled in advance. The village of Bet She’an on the other hand, having rolled into decay and oblivion due to nearby malaria infested swamps; was to be equipped with postal services only after the turn of the century. This is why the Ottoman Postal Direction had not initiated postal services in this otherwise insignificant location and understandably PTT Lists are silent while the State Year Books clearly indicate the siding. Bet ha Shitta however; was recorded in the Postal Guides as well as in the State Year Books (definitely as a separate entry from Bet She’an) being the only stop between Afoula and Bet She’an. Photos thanks to Gal Golan.
The Bisan Station 59.2 kilometers from Haifa