If you wanted to ship a package during
the 1880's from Thornburgh, Gap Creek or other shipping points, in
Knox County, you took your package to the Thornburgh or other Post
Office to be shipped by Adams Express, which was one of the country's
largest express companies.
Adams was 50 years old when he presided over the meeting in
New York City where the Adams Express Company was formally
incorporated on July 1, 1854. It was the start of a small company that would struggle at times, but it would continue to grow.
Read the Adams Express Company's pdf produced for their 150th Anniversary