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Hillsboro Beach in Broward County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Barefoot Mailman

1885-1892

 
 
The Barefoot Mailman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 11, 2018
1. The Barefoot Mailman Marker
Inscription.  Before there were roads in South Florida, U.S. Mail carriers known collectively as "The Barefoot Mailman" risked their lives to deliver the mail. They traversed a 68 mile route - 20 by boat and 48 by foot - along the Atlantic Coast between Palm Beach and the Miami River settlement. James E. Hamilton was one of these brave men. He lost his life in 1887 crossing Hillsboro Inlet.
 
Erected 2003 by Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
 
Location. 26° 15.551′ N, 80° 4.863′ W. Marker is in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, in Broward County. Marker can be reached from Hillboro Mile (State Road A1A) 0.3 miles north of Bay Drive. Located in the Hillsboro Club gated community entry to the marker and lighthouse is limited. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 907 Hillboro Mile, Pompano Beach FL 33062, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Hillsboro Inlet Light Station (approx.
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0.2 miles away); A History of Hillsboro Inlet Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Silver Thatch Mounted Beach Patrol (approx. 1˝ miles away); Indian Mound Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); Pompano Beach Indian Mound (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Pompano Colored School (approx. 3.6 miles away); Branhilda Richardson Knowles Memorial Park and Historic Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hillsboro Beach.
 
The Barefoot Mailman Marker and Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, October 30, 2018
2. The Barefoot Mailman Marker and Lighthouse
The Barefoot Mailman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, September 11, 2018
3. The Barefoot Mailman Marker
The Barefoot Mailman Marker and Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, October 30, 2018
4. The Barefoot Mailman Marker and Lighthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on December 24, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 23, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   4. submitted on December 24, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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