Bolougne, Florida
The Town That Lived On Speeders

by Elliott Bryan
(Yulee, Florida)

Somewhere just south of the St. Marys River and the Florida Georgia border there was a sleepy little wide spot in the road called Bolougne.


Rhymes with baloney without the y.

I'm remembering this town from the early 1960's, and I think it was on U.S.-301 near Hilliard, Florida. The town, if it could be called that, had a reputation as a speed trap. The AAA identified it as such, and since it was the first place tourists entering into Florida usually went through, it was a source of concern for the state tourism industry.

Well, the politicians in Tallahassee got wind of it and pressured the town to slow down on the speeding tickets. It didn't work, and the one car police force stayed busy writing tickets, the main source of the town's revenue.

Sometime later, I think still in the 1960's, the state legislature abolished the town of Boulougne.

It exists no more except in memory. I'm not sure anybody misses it.

Comments for Bolougne, Florida
The Town That Lived On Speeders

Click here to add your own comments

Dec 26, 2016
Lived in the area of Bolougne Florida just north of the town of Hilliard in the 60s and 70s.
by: Joe Hendrix

Thought I'd throw in my two cents, for what their worth. I grew up just outside the town limits of Hilliard, south of Bolougne in the 60s/70s. I don't remember anyone talking about speed traps at the time in or near Bolougne, however, the Florida Inspection and Weigh Station is just a couple of miles south of the Florida/Georgia line. The station inspects truck cargo and the weight of the vehicles to insure compliance with Florida law.

Many of the local truck drivers' were known to "by-pass" the Florida inspection station by using back roads to cross into or out of Georgia without being noticed. The state inspection station would position a vehicle to catch those attempting to avoid the scales and inspection.

I don't' recall if these units' ever pulled people over for speeding though. Florida state patrol and Nassau County deputies were known, however, to regularly stop speeders and other traffic violators in this area.

Joe


Mar 19, 2016
other history
by: Daryl Knowles

My father,Willie Lee Knowles was born here on December 23, 1923. He spoke fondly of the people of his youth and grew up to serve in three of the branches of the armed services in his 26 year career.

Jul 07, 2015
Removed Some Comments
by: Florida Backroads Travel

I removed some comments that were personally abusive to the people that live in the Boulogne area. That wasn't the intent of my original article. I just wanted to share a little historical info on the town that was erased by the legislature because it was a speed trap. Many many many years ago.

Mar 10, 2014
Still a bad spot
by: Anonymous

Actually, it's still being run as a speed trap and truck trap by the FHP and the State. The speed limit sign that takes you down to 45 mph from 55 mph in Georgia has been hidden behind the gigantic blue F L O R I D A sign.

One of Florida law enforcement's favorite expressions "Get 'em!"

Dec 05, 2012
Boulogne
by: Anonymous

Boulogne is alive and well. You shouldn't be speeding in the first place. Don't blame the town.

Oct 05, 2011
Bolougne Still Lives................
by: Anonymous

It may be unincorporated but there are some nice businesses there, but more importantly, many of the nicest folks you'll ever meet.

Jan 28, 2011
I remember Boulogne
by: William Blake

I remember the little one horse town all to well. I got two speeding tickets over the years driving from Jacksonville to Waycross.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Florida Towns.

Much of the information in our website is available in a series of books for each of Florida's eight geographical regions, along with a separate book covering the entire state titled Florida Backroads Travel. All books are available in Kindle versions and some in soft cover format also.

Click on the book cover for free previews of these books at Amazon.



Email

First Name




Enjoy our free monthly ezine with news of day trips, towns, inns, festivals, food, history and more.

Recent Articles

  1. Northeast Florida Day Trips and One Tank Trips

    Jan 18, 17 08:00 AM

    Northeast Florida day trips and one tank trips will take you to Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, St. Augustine and Amelia Island.

    Read More

  2. Sanford, Florida: More Than the Celery City on the St Johns River

    Jan 18, 17 06:34 AM

    Sanford, Florida is an historic town on the St Johns River.

    Read More

  3. Florida Towns: From Pioneer Villages To Large Modern Cities

    Jan 16, 17 12:50 PM

    Florida towns come in many shapes, sizes and flavors. There is a town for you whether you are looking for fun, Florida history, culture, shopping, dining or a place to settle down.

    Read More