Historic Markers Across Florida

The Barefoot Mailman

Marker ID: FLHM F-180
Location: at Spanish River Park, A1A, Boca Raton, FL
County: Palm Beach
Coordinates: N 26° 22.726    W 080° 04.081
  26.37876666    -80.06801666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM407G


The Barefoot Mailman

Along this beach in the 1880's and early 1890's 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 surf line, 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.

Sponsored by Estahakee' chapter National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
in Cooperation with the
Florida Historical Society and Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation


City: Boca Raton