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Boca Raton in Palm Beach County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Barefoot Mailmen

 
 
The Barefoot Mailmen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 2, 2016
1. The Barefoot Mailmen Marker
Inscription.  Along this beach in the 1880s and early 1890s walked United States mailmen on their sixty-six mile journey between Palm Beach and Miami. The trip required three days each way and they passed this spot the second day. They walked barefoot at the wet surfline, the hardest surface, with their mail bags and shoes slung over their shoulders. One of them, James E. Hamilton, drowned trying to cross Hillsborough Inlet.
 
Erected 1971 by Esstahakee Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in cooperation with the Florida Historical Society and Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation. (Marker Number F-180.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
 
Location. 26° 22.728′ N, 80° 4.077′ W. Marker is in Boca Raton, Florida, in Palm Beach County. Marker can be reached from North Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A) half a mile south of Northeast Spanish River
The Barefoot Mailmen Marker at southern tunnel entrance image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, August 2, 2016
2. The Barefoot Mailmen Marker at southern tunnel entrance
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Boulevard (State Road 800), on the right when traveling south. Marker is in Spanish River Park at the southern tunnel over to the beach. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3001 North Ocean Boulevard, Boca Raton FL 33431, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boca Raton Army Air Field B-34 Crash (approx. 2 miles away); The Sanborn Wall (approx. 2.2 miles away); Boca Raton Town Hall (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sanborn Square (approx. 2.2 miles away); F.E.C. Railway Depot, Boca Raton (approx. 2.8 miles away); Old Floresta Historic District (approx. 3 miles away); First Zion Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Branhilda Richardson Knowles Memorial Park and Historic Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boca Raton.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on August 17, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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