"Some of the places, like on Red House Hill, don't have a physical address at all -- only P.O. boxes," he said. "For convenience, they'll get the P.O. box in Charleston, where they work, and when they call 911, since it goes by what [the phone company has] on their billing information, that's what comes up.
"While we've never not been able to find anybody, any little delay can make a big difference," he said.
In some areas around the county, names have been assigned to rural roads for the first time, and driveways that are more than a couple hundred feet long for two or more houses were also assigned names.
"In instances like that we tried to get people to pick their own [street] names and let the decision be made between neighbors," Owens said.
Every 10.56 feet, there's an address, said Owens, which allows for 1,000 addresses per mile and provides room for growth.
"If you're driving from the bottom of Red House Hill headed toward Jackson County and looking for the address 8500 on Route 34, you know it's 8.5 miles out," he said.
Odd addresses will be on the left side of the road, and even addresses on the right, Owens said.
Asbury wonders how GPS systems will work when relatives or friends come to visit him from out of state. Google maps already reflect most of the new information, and GPS systems can be updated, Owens said.
Although the change might be frustrating for Asbury, he's already purchased new numbers to place by his front door where the old ones are mounted. And since all residents in Bancroft have a post office box, because there's no home delivery, it won't bother his mail.
"I bought these to put up, and I guess I'll do it whenever the mood strikes me," he said holding the new black numbers.
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