Philadelphia Telephone Pole Slated to Be Replaced Leaves Behind Heartwarming Farewell 'Letter'

A "goodbye letter" from a telephone pole in Philadelphia has elicited an emotional response from both neighbors and Twitter users.

The pole, located on the corner of 3rd and Federal Streets, is scheduled for replacement. Residents learned of its imminent departure courtesy of a farewell note pinned to the pole itself.

Brad Pearson, a freelance journalist, noticed the note on a walk near his home and posted a photo of the farewell note.

"Did not expect to be emotionally gutted by a utility pole this morning" Pearson, who has written for Time, Philadelphia magazine, wrote Thursday in a tweet that's been liked more than 42,000 times and shared over 9,000 times.

"I just wanted to say it's been my pleasure to be your corner telephone pole for many years now." the note starts. "The neighborhood has changed over the years but I've always been here—holding street signs, electric wires, telephone wires, cable, a light and lately this transformer"

"The many staples are a reminder of the garage sales, flea markets, and hundreds of lost pets. Sox, Cinnamon, Poncho and the rest, I hope you made it home. I hope I do too." it continued.

It indicated it hopes to be turned into furniture, "or at least toothpicks," but admits it could wind up being burned, "my smoke later filling your lungs and giving you cancer. Ha! Ha! anyway..."

The note ends with a hope that, "Maybe a few months from now you'll say to yourself, 'I remember the old pole.'"

Twitter users found the letter touching. "I love finding stories where I didn't know there were stories." one user responded.

"The thought of telephone poles carrying the memories of decades of lost pet posters is too much," another user commented. "If you need me I'll be having a panic attack forever."

While the letter's author is unknown, the pole has been on that corner for at least 12 years, according to Google Maps. PECO Energy Company, which owns the pole, told CNN it will be replacing it by the end of the month because another company that uses it is upgrading its equipment.

While the wooden sentry is leaving its post, PECO spokesperson Kristina Pappas insists it will get new life through PECO's recycling program.

"We attempt to recycle as many replaced poles as possible," Pappas added, "and through recycling they can be repurposed into other things, such as mulch."

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A note posted on a utility pole scheduled to be removed ends with the hope that, "Maybe a few months from now you'll say to yourself, 'I remember the old pole.'" Bradford Pearson @ Twitter
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