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West Brookfield in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Boston Post Road

68 Miles from Boston

 
 
Boston Post Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 13, 2009
1. Boston Post Road Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 2006 by West Brookfield Historical Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 42° 14.172′ N, 72° 8.223′ W. Marker is in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is at the intersection of E Main Street (Massachusetts Route 9) and School Street, on the right when traveling west on E Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Brookfield MA 01585, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Gilbert (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brookfield (approx. 1.5 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Boston Post Road (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 2.6
West Brookfield Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 13, 2009
2. West Brookfield Markers
miles away); Wheeler’s Surprise (approx. 6.9 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 7.3 miles away); Indian Hill (approx. 8.5 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a picture of a postal carrier on horseback.
 
Categories. Colonial EraRoads & Vehicles
 
Boston Post Road Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 13, 2009
3. Boston Post Road Markers
Stone Mileage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 13, 2009
4. Stone Mileage Marker
One of the stone markers that Benj. Franklin had placed along the Boston Post Road is located next to the marker. It indicates that Boston is 68 miles away.
 
 
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