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Franklin Mile Marker - 69 Miles From Boston - 1767 Milestones - West Brookfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 14.045 W 072° 09.442
18T E 734564 N 4679679
Quick Description: Franklin Milestone located on Route 9 in West Brookfield, MA
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 11/15/2011 11:22:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMD3X8
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 2

Long Description:

The Boston Post Road was part of the Colonial mail route between New York City and Boston. The Upper Post Road went from New York, NY to New Haven, CT to Springfield, MA and on to Boston, MA. It was established in 1676 by order of King Charles II to facilitate communication among Colonial governors.

In 1767 under Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin, stone mileage markers were placed along the road to better determine postal rates, which were, at that time, based on distance. These stones are commonly known as Franklin milestones. Many of these stone markers still exist. The 1767 Milestones are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This 1767 Franklin milestone is located in front of W.H. King Realty on the north side of Rout 9 in West Brookfield. The inscription is illegible. It once was:

69
Mile From
Boston

A sign has been erected next to the marker that reads:

BOSTON
POST ROAD
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69 Miles From Boston
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THIS ROAD IS THE FIRST MAIL ROUTE IN NORTH AMERICA
ESTABLISHED IN 1673 BY KING CHARLES II OF ENGLAND.

IN 1767, WHILE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS
POSTMASTER GENERAL, MILEAGE WAS MARKED OUT WITH
STONE MARKERS FROM BOSTON TO NEW YORK CITY
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WEST BROOKFIELD HISTORICAL COMMISSION 2006

Location Type: Franklin Mile Marker

Reference Web Site: [Web Link]

Established Date: 1/1/1767

Property Type: Private

Fee required: no

Location Notes:
On the lawn of a real estate agency on the north side of Route 9. In a wall in the center of a juniper bush and marked with a white sign.


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