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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.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1673.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Brookfield MA 01585, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rice Memorial Fountain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Brookfield Civil, Spanish and World War Memorial (about 700 feet away); West Brookfield Veterans Monument
West Brookfield Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 13, 2009
2. West Brookfield Markers
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Gilbert (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Brookfield Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brookfield (approx. 1½ miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Brookfield.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a picture of a postal carrier on horseback.
 
Boston Post Road Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 13, 2009
3. Boston Post Road Markers
Stone Mileage Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,501 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 3, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Jul. 2, 2022