Franklin Mile Marker - 74 Miles From Boston - 1767 Milestones - Warren,
Posted by: neoc1
N 42° 11.319 W 072° 13.154
18T E 729624 N 4674465
Quick Description: Franklin Milestone located on Reed Street in Warren, MA
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 11/15/2011 6:08:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMD3V9
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 on the west side of Reed Street in front of a low stone wall. The stone is cracked and repaired with cement and reinforced with bolted on iron splints. The faint to illegible inscription is: