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Welcome to the Historical Marker Database
 
History Happened Here
National and global events all happened some­where, and historical markers mark

Frontiersman, Soldier,
Writer, Astronaut
the place where many occurred. But the richness of history is in its local details, details that can be insignificant on the global stage: the home of an in­di­vi­dual who made a dif­fe­rence; a natural feature, building, byway; or just some­thing in­te­res­ting that happened nearby. History is not just about the high and mighty.
 
Markers tell stories and point out facts. There is one at the site the northernmost battle of the U.S. Civil War and another at the southernmost point in the United States (can you guess where?). There is one next to a 17th century Japanese stone lantern symbolizing 20th century peace, and another one less than 20 miles away reminding us of the Nike missile sites that were built the same year the lantern was dedicated. They tell of battles,

Generals Captured in their
Union Suits, Literally!
massacres and hangings; of hu­ma­ni­ta­rians, educators, and a beloved stagecoach horse; of mountains, lakes, rivers, bridges, roads, and other natural and man-made wonders.
 
There are countless thousands of great stories marked by markers—and some boring ones too. Some markers simply recite facts while others are insightful, obscure, cryptic, patriotic, fas­ci­na­ting, sad, funny, or just downright bizarre. Many of those markers are on these pages, others are waiting for you to discover and add them to this database.
 
So hit the road and experience history first-hand yourself. History happened nearby.
 
Are You A Collector?
Do you collect historical markers? Would you like to start? If you’re a collector, or want to get started,

Clara Barton,
Steamboat Gothic
Aficionado
consider uploading your discoveries to this site. Even if someone else beat you to the submission, you can still add a fresh photo, better directions, or some additional insight into the subject described. What do you get in return? We’ll credit each submission by publishing your name and town on that page, unless, of course, you wish to remain anonymous.

You can add markers yourself. It's easy! Check marker submission guidelines, then click Add A Marker to get started. Adding photos, links and commentary is just as easy: go the marker's page and click on the links at the top or bottom of the page.
 
Preservation Writes Us Up
Here is an August 2010 article by Gwendolyn Purdom in Preservation Magazine entitled Leaving Their Mark about the Historical Marker Database and our aim to document every historical marker in North America.
 
Most Viewed Markers This Year
1 •Rose Tree Tombstone, Arizona
2 •Miss Laura's Fort Smith, Arkansas
3 •Get over it! Arco, Idaho
4 •In Honor of All Who Served Hoopeston, Illinois
5 •Morgan’s Raid Salineville, Ohio
6 •South Point Complex Naalehu, Hawaii
7 •Aunt Betty's Story Brightwood, Washington, DC
8 •Martha Jane Burke Deadwood, South Dakota
9 •The Battle of Cooch's Bridge Newark, Delaware
10 •The Stono Rebellion (1739) Rantowles, South Carolina
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HMdb.org Cards
HMdb.org 3½" x 2" cards are now available.
We’ll mail contributors a dozen or more at no charge. Simply send a note to the editor with a mailing address and state how many you would like. Sign one and put it in your wallet to show you are a contributor to HMdb.org. It might come in handy when someone asks you what you’re doing next to a government installation with a camera. Hand the rest out to friends and curious bystanders. Your note will be discarded after the envelope is addressed.
 
Suggestions? Problems?
We want to hear from you. Send a note to the editors.
 
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Marker of the Week
Alameda Terminus of the 1st Transcontinental Railroad Alameda, California

Earlier this month in 1869 the "last spike" opened the first transcontinental railroad in North America. But this marker is about the first transcontinental passenger train arriving here from New York, and that did not happen until September. Transcontinental trains have always been rare. You could travel across the country by train after 1869, but you had to change trains at least once to cross the continent. You still do. Editor Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California, found this one in 2010. Previous Markers of the Week.
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Markers Recently Added
May 25 •John Rankin Rogers Olympia, Washington
May 25 •Shipwreck Point Sekiu, Washington
May 25 •Pierce Homestead Hillsborough, New Hampshire
May 25 •WilliamG. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial Memphis, Tennessee
May 24 •Madison Avenue and the Allen County Courthouse Iola, Kansas
May 24 •Snow Creek Neah Bay, Washington
May 24 •Maysville Academy Maysville, Kentucky
May 24 •George A. Bowlus Iola, Kansas
May 24 •Stanley Forman Reed Maysville, Kentucky
May 24 •Fleming Hotel Flemingsburg, Kentucky
May 24 •The Boom Years Brutus, New York
May 24 •Gorman Building Flemingsburg, Kentucky
May 24 •Old Tobacco Plug Factory Flemingsburg, Kentucky
May 24 •Conduit For Ideas Brutus, New York
May 24 •The Rideau Waterway Ottawa, Ontario
All markers added yesterday and today, in the last week, in the last 30 days.
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Take a Tour of the Database
Click on the three dots under the Search button at the top of the right hand margin. Repeat. Every time you click, you will be shown a different marker at random.
 
HMdb Goes Mobile
On your cell phone’s browser. When you’re out and about use your cell phone or PDA to find out what markers are near you. More info.
 
In your GPS unit. Does your GPS device support GPX files? You can download the locations of historical markers into your GPS unit with these files. Push the right buttons and your GPS will tell you when a marker is near; or tell you how to get to them. Some units will also display the text of the marker. GPX Download index. Or get a TomTom POI file.
 
There’s an app for that. Google's “Field Trip” for iPhone and Android has tapped the Historical Marker Database as one of its Historic Places sources. Drive or walk past a historical marker and the application will show you a “card” with the text and photos from this website. It will read the text outloud to you if you configure it right. It is available for download at no charge. More info at fieldtripper.com.
 
Keep An Eye on Those Markers
Enter your town in the Search by Place search box on the More Search Options (or use the County list) to get a list of markers near where you live and work. Keep an eye out for them when you're out on the road. You would be surprised how many disappear in the course of a year.

To report a missing marker, use the “Correct This Page” link on the marker’s page and scroll down to the “Is Marker Missing?” section. A photo of the stump, hole in the ground, or place where the marker was is necessary for proof. Also, please take a few minutes and inform your local historical society.
 
Recently Modified Marker Entries
May 25 •David Rittenhouse Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 25 •David Rittenhouse Norristown, Pennsylvania
May 25 •Chief Joseph Anadarko, Oklahoma
May 25 •Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tonkawa, Oklahoma
May 25 •The Old North Church Charlestown, Massachusetts
May 25 •The President's House Site 1790-1800 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 25 •B & O Railroad Station Frederick, Maryland
May 25 •Francis Scott Key Frederick, Maryland
May 25 •Franklin Pierce Concord, New Hampshire
May 25 •The Pierce Manse Concord, New Hampshire
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Google Maps Links
Markers in this database have links to Google maps
pinpointing their location.
 
HINT: Click on the Satellite button in the upper right of the maps to switch to a satellite image of the ground at that location. Once you do that you may be able to zoom in further using the Plus and Minus buttons on the left side of the map.
 
HMdb Featured on Broadcast
Ted Landphair does two-minute stories on Americana for Voice of America radio, broadcast at various times over VOA’s English language service. Listen to this one, first broadcast February 20, 2008, entitled “Lots More People Can Now Read Those Roadside Signs.” Here is the transcript.
 
NOTICE
  Do you have some history that you want to publish on the Internet? HMdb.org can provide hosting space at HistoryArchives.org at no charge. What you want to publish does not have to be related to a historical marker. For more information, contact an editor.


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