Franklin Mile Marker - Boston 35, Springfield 65, Albany 165 - 1767 Milestones - Shrewsbury, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 17.754 W 071° 41.794
19T E 277706 N 4686152
Quick Description: Franklin Milestone located in front of Dean Park on Main Street in Shrewsbury, MA
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 8/20/2012 4:43:46 AM
Waymark Code: WMF42K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
Views: 2

Long Description:

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 in front of Dean Park on Main Street in Shrewsbury. It is inscribed:

Boston 35
Springfield 65
Albany 165

Location Type: Franklin Mile Marker

Established Date: 1/1/1767

Property Type: Public

Fee required: no

Location Notes:
Easily visible on the north side of Main Street in Shrewbury.

Reference Web Site: Not listed

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