Doug Ricketts, of rural Lipscomb County, has wanted to replace his aging and weathered mailbox for many years. And, for some reason, a winter in a pandemic seemed like a good chance to take the time. Of course, if you are an artist with visions of sculptural forms, chances are your mailbox is going to be a calling card out at the entry to your home. The result is 8 feet tall and weighs several hundred pounds. It sits on private property, so it poses no risk to wayward snowplows or semis. After a consultation with mail carrier Debby Opdyke about the practical needs—the optimum height for her Jeep, as well as some special weather-dictated features—Doug welded a heavy windproof door, a flag that would stay up regardless of high wind, and a special “ice hammer” that Debby can use when the box is encased in ice. The “mail rock” from the old mailbox serves to hold the mail in place when the door is opened, preventing letters from being blown to Mexico or Canada, depending on the wind direction and speed. That’s how it earned the name, the Prairie Wind Mailbox.