The Town That Lived On Speeders
by Elliott Bryan
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.