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The Boston Post Road was a system of roads from New York City to Boston, Massachusetts, containing some of the first major highways in the United States. It began as a path to deliver the post using post riders (the first ride to lay out the Upper Post Road starting January 22, 1673), and developed into a wagon, or stage road in later colonial times. During the 19th century, pieces of the road were taken over and improved by turnpike companies. In the 1910s and 1920s, the Lower Post Road alignment (and realignments made to the route) was a National Auto Trail known as the Boston Post Road. Large sections of the various routes are still given the name Boston Post Road, much of it is now U.S. Route 1. Flag Seal Nickname: The Big Apple, The Capital of the World[1], Gotham Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area    - City 1,214. ... Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Solar System), Athens of America Official website: www. ... // Post riders or postriders describes a horse and rider postal delivery system that existed at various times and various places throughout history. ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events January 22 - Impostor Mary Carleton is hanged in Newgate prison in England for multiple thefts and returning from penal transportation March 18 - John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sells his part of New Jersey to the Quakers. ... Buffalo soldiers guard a Concord style stagecoach somewhere in the American West, ca. ... A typical rural county road in Indiana, USA, where traffic drives on the right. ... A toll road, turnpike or tollpike is a road on which a toll authority collects a fee for use. ... The system of National Auto Trails was an informal network of marked routes that existed in the United States and Canada in the early part of the 20th century. ... U.S. Route 1 (also called U.S. Highway 1, and abbreviated US 1) is a United States highway which parallels the east coast of the United States. ...


Mileposts were measured from the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street in New York (one block west of Federal Hall) and from the old Boston border on Washington Street near the Massachusetts Turnpike. A view of Broadway in 1909 Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City, and is the oldest north-south main thoroughfare in the city, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. ... View up Wall Street from Pearl Street NYSE and Broad Street view from Wall Street Wall Street is the name of a narrow street in lower Manhattan running east from Broadway downhill to the East River. ... J.Q.A. Wards statue of George Washington in front of Federal Hall, on the site where Washington was inaugurated as the first U.S. President Federal Hall, once located at 26 Wall Street in New York City, was the first capitol building of the United States. ... Washington Street is a street in Boston, Massachusetts and its extension southwest to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border. ... View of the Turnpike from an overpass by Boston University, facing east (towards central Boston). ...


The three major alignments were the Lower Post Road (now U.S. Route 1 along the shore and through Providence, Rhode Island), the Upper Post Road (now US 5 and US 20 from New Haven, Connecticut via Springfield, Massachusetts), and the Middle Post Road (which split from the Upper Road in Hartford, Connecticut and ran diagonally to Boston). U.S. Route 1 (also called U.S. Highway 1, and abbreviated US 1) is a United States highway which parallels the east coast of the United States. ... Nickname: Beehive of Industry, The Renaissance City Official website: http://www. ... United States Highway 5 is a north-south United States highway. ... U.S. Highway 20 is an east-west United States highway. ... Nickname: The Elm City Official website: www. ... Springfield MA skyline Nickname: City of Homes Official website: www. ... Nickname: The Insurance Capital of the World, New Englands Rising Star Official website: www. ...


In some towns, the area near the Boston Post Road has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, since it was often the first road in the area, and buildings sprung up along it. The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ...

Milestone 8 on the Upper Post Road in Harvard Square
Milestone 8 on the Upper Post Road in Harvard Square

The Post Road is also famous for its milestones from the 18th century, many of which remain to this day. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Chess players in Harvard Square in August of 2005 Harvard Square is a large triangular area in the center of Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle Street, and John F. Kennedy Street. ... A Spanish kilometre stone A milestone on the Boston Post Road in Harvard Square, Massachusetts, USA Slate milestone near Bangor, Wales A milestone or kilometre sign is one of a series of numbered markers placed along a road at regular intervals, typically at the side of the road or in...

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New York

The Post Road in New York
The Post Road in New York

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1459x1685, 55 KB) A map of the Boston Post Road in New York. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1459x1685, 55 KB) A map of the Boston Post Road in New York. ...

Manhattan

Much of the route in Manhattan was abandoned between 1839 and 1844, when the current street grid was laid out as part of the Commissioners' Plan of 1811.[1]The following sections of the road still exist: The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... The grid plan is a type of city plan in which streets run at right angles to each other, forming a grid. ... An 1807 version of the Commissioners Grid plan for Manhattan, a few years before it was adopted in 1811. ...

These milestones were once present in Manhattan: A view of Broadway in 1909 Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City, and is the oldest north-south main thoroughfare in the city, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. ... The Bowery is a well-known street in Manhattan that more or less marks the boundary between Chinatown and Little Italy on one side and the Lower East Side on the other—running from Chatham Square in the south to Astor Place in the north. ... Park Avenue in the Upper East Side (2004) Park Avenue (formerly Fourth Avenue) is a wide boulevard that carries traffic north and south in Manhattan in New York City. ... View up Wall Street from Pearl Street NYSE and Broad Street view from Wall Street Wall Street is the name of a narrow street in lower Manhattan running east from Broadway downhill to the East River. ... Madison Square, 1908. ... View of Midtown from Empire State Building. ... Saint Nicholas Avenue is a major New York City street. ... The Harlem River, shown in red, between the Bronx and Manhattan in New York City The Harlem River is a tidal strait in New York City, USA that flows 8 miles between the East River and the Hudson River, separating the borough of Manhattan from the Bronx. ... A Spanish kilometre stone A milestone on the Boston Post Road in Harvard Square, Massachusetts, USA Slate milestone near Bangor, Wales A milestone or kilometre sign is one of a series of numbered markers placed along a road at regular intervals, typically at the side of the road or in...

The Bowery is a very well-known street in Manhattan that more or less marks the boundary between Chinatown and Little Italy on one side and the Lower East Side on the other — running from Chatham Square in the south to Astor Place in the north. ... Canal Street is a major street in New York City, crossing lower Manhattan to join New Jersey in the west (via the Holland Tunnel) to Brooklyn in the east (via the Manhattan Bridge). ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Park Avenue in the Upper East Side (2004) Park Avenue (formerly Fourth Avenue) is a wide boulevard that carries traffic north and south in Manhattan in New York City. ... Madison Avenue, looking north from 40th Street Madison Avenue is a north-south avenue in the borough of Manhattan in New York City that carries northbound one-way traffic. ... This article covers streets in Manhattan, New York City, USA between and including 23rd Street and 42nd Street. ... Third Avenue is a north-south thoroughfare on the East Side of Manhattan in New York City, running in that borough from East 4th Street north for over 120 blocks. ... Looking south on Second Avenue from 85th Street, May 2005 Second Avenue is an avenue on the East Side of Manhattan in New York City that extends from Houston Street to the Harlem River Drive. ...

The Bronx

In The Bronx, the Boston Post Road came off the Kings Bridge and quickly turned east, with the Albany Post Road continuing north to Albany, New York. It passed over the Bronx River on the Williams Bridge, and left The Bronx on Bussing Avenue, becoming Kingsbridge Road in Westchester County. In more detail, it used the following roads: The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States. ... Albany redirects here. ... The Bronx River is a river, approximately 20 mi (32 km) long, in southeast New York in the United States. ... Westchester County is a suburban county with about 940,000 residents located in the U.S. state of New York. ...

  • Kingsbridge Avenue-230th Street-Broadway-231st Street
    • Albany Post Road continued north on Albany Crescent
  • Albany Crescent-Kingsbridge Terrace-Heath Avenue
  • gap across Jerome Park Reservoir
  • Van Cortlandt Avenue
  • gap at Williamsbridge Reservoir
  • Reservoir Place-Gun Hill Road-White Plains Road (southbound lanes)
  • gap from near 217th Street to near 231st Street
  • Bussing Avenue
  • gap from Grace Avenue to De Reimer Avenue
  • Bussing Place-Bussing Avenue

The Jerome Park Reservoir is located in the North Bronx, NYC, NY. The Bronx HS of Science, Lehman College, and Park Reservoir Housing Corp. ...

Westchester County

The Boston Post Road entered Westchester County on Kingsbridge Road, and turned north on Third Avenue-Columbus Avenue (Route 22), forking off onto Colonial Place. It continued across Sandford Boulevard where there is no longer a road, and curved east and southeast around the hill, hitting Sandford Boulevard-Colonial Avenue at the Hutchinson River Parkway interchange. It then continued east on Colonial Avenue-Kings Highway, merging with U.S. Route 1. From there to the Connecticut border, the Post Road used US 1, except for several places, where Post Road used the following roads: Westchester County is a suburban county with about 940,000 residents located in the U.S. state of New York. ... Route 22 is the third longest New York State Highway. ... The Hutchinson River Parkway, colloquially called The Hutch by many Westchester and Bronx residents, is a parkway that runs through Westchester County, New York and the Bronx in New York City. ... U.S. Route 1 (also called U.S. Highway 1, and abbreviated US 1) is a United States highway which parallels the east coast of the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,549 sq. ...

  • The southbound side of US 1 through New Rochelle
  • Old Boston Post Road north of downtown New Rochelle
  • Old Post Road-Orienta Avenue south of downtown Mamaroneck
  • Mamaroneck Avenue-Prospect Avenue-Tompkins Avenue north of downtown Mamaroneck
  • Old Post Road at Playland Parkway

New Rochelle City Hall New Roc City New Rochelle is a city located in Westchester County in the US state of New York, 16 miles (26 km) from Grand Central Terminal in New York City. ... Mamaroneck is a village located in Westchester County, New York. ... The Playland Parkway is a 1. ...

Upper Post Road

The Upper Post Road was the most traveled of the three routes, being the furthest from the shore and thus having the fewest and shortest river crossings. It was also considered to have the best taverns, which helped it remain the most popular. A tavern is, loosely, a place of business where people gather to drink alcoholic beverages and, more than likely, also be served food, though not licenced to put up guests. ...


Connecticut

Massachusetts

Agawam
West Springfield
Springfield
North Wilbraham
Palmer
West Brimfield
Warren
West Brookfield
Brookfield
East Brookfield
Spencer
Leicester
Worcester
Shrewsbury
Northborough
Marlborough
South Sudbury
Wayland
Weston
Waltham
Watertown
Cambridge
Brookline
Roxbury
Boston

Settled: 1635 â€“ Incorporated: 1855 Zip Code(s): 01001 â€“ Area Code(s): 413 Official website: http://www. ... The Town of West Springfield is a city[1] in Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Nickname: City of Homes Location in Massachusetts Founded  -Incorporated  May 14, 1636   County  Hampden County Mayor  Charles Ryan (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water  86. ... Palmer is a town located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Warren is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... West Brookfield is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... Brookfield is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... East Brookfield is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Spencer is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Leicester (pronounced ) is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Nickname: The Heart of the Commonwealth, The City of Seven Hills Location in the state of Massachusetts Founded  -Incorporated 1673  {{{incorporated}}} County Worcester County Mayor Timothy P. Murray (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 99. ... Settled: 1722 â€“ Incorporated: 1727 Zip Code(s): 01545 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... Northborough is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Marlborough is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Settled: 1638 â€“ Incorporated: 1780 Zip Code(s): 01778 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... Weston is a town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Waltham is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Watertown is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Harvard Square, May 2000 Cambridge is a city in the Greater Boston area in Massachusetts, United States. ... Brookline is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Roxbury is a neighborhood within Boston, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe), Athens of America Location in Massachusetts Founded  -Incorporated  September 17, 1630  1820, as a city County  Suffolk County Mayor  Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water  232. ...

Lower Post Road

The Lower Post Road stayed near Long Island Sound into Rhode Island, and then turned north through Providence to Boston. This is now the best-known of the routes, though newer turnpike alignments are often known as the Boston Post Road. New York City waterways: 1. ... Official language(s) None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214 sq. ... Motto: What Cheer Nickname: Beehive of Industry Location in Rhode Island Founded  -Incorporated 1636 1832  County Providence County Mayor David N. Cicilline (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 53. ... A toll road, turnpike or tollpike is a road on which a toll authority collects a fee for use. ...


Connecticut

Groton
Old Lyme
Greenwich
Stamford
Darien
Norwalk
Greens Farms
Southport
Fairfield
Bridgeport
Stratford
Milford
Orange
West Haven
New Haven

Waterfront of Groton, Connecticut looking upriver Groton is a town located on the Thames River in New London County, Connecticut. ... Greenwich is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. ... Stamford is a city located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 117,083. ... Darien is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 19,607, but a July 1, 2002 Census estimate put the towns population at 19,887. ... City nickname: County Fairfield County, Connecticut Area  - Total  - Water 59. ... The Seal of the Town of Wesport, Connecticut Westport is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Park City Location Location in Connecticut Government Counties Fairfield County Mayor John M. Fabrizi (D) Geographical characteristics Area    - City 19. ... Stratford is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, located on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Housatonic River. ... Milford is a partially independent city that is located partially in New Haven County in Connecticut. ... Orange is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. ... This article is about the city in Connecticut. ...

Rhode Island

Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the Norfolk and Bristol Turnpike was established in 1803 to build a straighter route between Pawtucket and Roxbury, mostly west of the Post Road. Due to its avoidance of built-up areas, the southern half of this road was little-used. In addition, another well-used route passed west of this turnpike along current Route 1A. Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq. ... Washington Street is a street in Boston, Massachusetts and its extension southwest to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border. ... 1803 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Pawtucket is a city located in Providence County, Rhode Island. ... Roxbury is a neighborhood within Boston, Massachusetts. ... Massachusetts State Highway 1A consists of four alternate routes to U.S. Highway 1. ...

South Attleboro

The Post Road entered Massachusetts into the town of Attleboro along Newport Avenue (Route 1A) through the settlement of South Attleboro. It continued northeast on Newport Avenue along Route 123, splitting to the north (staying with Newport Avenue) to cross into North Attleborough. South Attleboro or South Attleborough is a part of Attleboro, Massachusetts, perhaps best known for the South Attleboro station on the Attleboro/Stoughton Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail. ... Attleboro is a city located in Bristol County, Massachusetts and is immediately north of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. ... Massachusetts State Highway 1A consists of four alternate routes to U.S. Highway 1. ...

North Attleborough

South of North Attleborough center, the old road is known as Old Post Road. The old road crossed the turnpike (now US 1) just south of the intersection with Route 120, forming a small curve before merging with the turnpike north of the intersection. This curved alignment is now gone, so traffic must use US 1. Additionally, US 1 leaves the turnpike at the Route 120 intersection to bypass North Attleborough center on East Washington Street. North Attleborough is a town located in Bristol County, Massachusetts. ... United States Highway 1 is a United States highway which parallels the east coast of the United States. ...


The Lower Post Road passed through North Attleborough Center on Washington Street, later used as part of the turnpike. Another short curved alignment still exists to the west of Washington Street north of the center. Just north of this, the route crosses the Ten Mile River and then enters a complicated five-way intersection with US 1 and Route 1A. US 1 straight ahead is the old turnpike, and US 1 to the right was built in the 1930s. The Post Road went to the right onto Elmwood Street. The fork to the left onto Route 1A through Plainville center was an alternate route to Boston. Washington Street is a street in Boston, Massachusetts and its extension southwest to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border. ... United States Highway 1 is a United States highway which parallels the east coast of the United States. ... Massachusetts State Highway 1A consists of four alternate routes to U.S. Highway 1. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... Plainville is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ...


Elmwood Street enters the town of Plainville, where it becomes Messenger Street. The road merges with Route 106 before crossing Route 152 at Wilkins Four Corners and entering Foxborough. Plainville is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ...

Foxborough
East Walpole (part of Walpole)
Norwood
Islington (part of Westwood)
Dedham
West Roxbury
Jamaica Plain
Roxbury
Boston

Foxborough (or Foxboro) is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Boston. ... Walpole is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Norwood is a town and census-designated place in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the population was 28,587. ... Westwood is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Westwood is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Seal of Dedham, MA Dedham is the county seat of Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Founded in 1630 (contemporaneously with Boston), West Roxbury, Massachusetts was originally part of the town of Roxbury and was mainly used as farmland. ... ... Roxbury is a neighborhood within Boston, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe), Athens of America Location in Massachusetts Founded  -Incorporated  September 17, 1630  1820, as a city County  Suffolk County Mayor  Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water  232. ...

Middle Post Road

The Middle Post Road was the shortest and fastest route, but was less populated and thus less traveled.


Connecticut

Hartford
East Hartford
Manchester
Bolton
Pomfret

Nickname: The Insurance Capital of the World, New Englands Rising Star Official website: www. ... East Hartford (41n47, 72w37 EST) is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Bolton is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. ... Pomfret is a town in Windham County, Connecticut, United States. ...

Massachusetts

Douglas
Mendon

milestone 37 [1] Douglas is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Mendon is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. ...

South Milford
North Bellingham
Medway
Millis
Medfield
Westwood
Dedham

Medway is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Millis is a town in Norfolk County, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Medfield is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Westwood is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Seal of Dedham, MA Dedham is the county seat of Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ...

See also

The system of National Auto Trails was an informal network of marked routes that existed in the United States and Canada in the early part of the 20th century. ... List of articles related to roads and highways around the world. ...

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
  • West Brookfield milestones (upper 67-69)
  • Warren milestones (upper 70-75)
  • North American Auto Trails
  • New York Press - Post Road

Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... The Wikimedia Commons (also called Commons or Wikicommons) is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. ...

References

  • From Path to Highway: The Story of the Boston Post Road by Gail Gibbons, ISBN 069004514X, HarperCollins 1986
  • Horseback on the Boston Post Road, by Laurie Lawlor, ISBN 0743436261, Aladdin, 2002
  • 1789 strip map from New York to Stratford (0-73)

 
 

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