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.

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The Town That Lived On Speeders

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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.

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