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Marker of the Week
Route 66 Holbrook, Arizona

Route 66 marker imageThis road went through each town and hamlet along the route from Chicago to Los Angeles and created many others. Then they built bypasses, then the Interstates took over, and this week in 1985 it was decommissioned, passing into history. But it is well commemorated with historical Markers. Check out the Route 66 Series which includes this marker filed by Contributing Correspondent Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. Previous Markers of the Week.
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Markers Recently Added
Jun 30 •The Preservation of Independence Rock Alcova, Wyoming
Independence Rock Alcova, Wyoming
The Ox-Team Monument Expedition Alcova, Wyoming
The Bowie List Williamsport, Maryland
Light's Ford and Lemen's Ferry Williamsport, Maryland
Doubleday Hill Williamsport, Maryland
Nicholas Gernon Blacksmith Shop Russell, Kansas
Doubleday Hill Williamsport, Maryland
"That Others May Live" Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama
The Spirit of the Minuteman Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama
Award of Air Force Cross to Richard L. Etchberger Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama
Award of Air Force Cross to Eugene L. Clay Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama
Award of Air Force Cross to Larry W. Maysey Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama
Award of Air Force Cross to Duane D. Hackney Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama
Award of Air Force Cross to Russell M. Hunt Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •Martha Jane Burke Deadwood, South Dakota
2 •Penateka Comanches Kerrville, Texas
3 •Colonel William C. Young Newcastle, Texas
4 •Geographic Center of Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee
5 •Aunt Betty's Story Brightwood, Washington, DC
6 •Washington’s Southern Tour Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
7 •Building the Batchellerville Bridge Edinburg, New York
8 •Agua Fria Agua Fria Village, New Mexico
9 •Birthplace of Eugene O'Neill New York, New York
10 •The Lynching Of Willie Earle Greenville, South Carolina
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History Happened Here
National and global events all happened some­where, and historical markers mark
Frontiersman, soldier, writer, astronaut
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, literaly!
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.

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Google Maps Links
Markers in this database have links to Google maps
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pinpointing their location.
 
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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 marker
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.
HMdb.org Cards
HMdb.org 3½" x 2" cards are now available.
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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.
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. image showing marker pole without a marker 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

Jun 30 •Nicholas Gernon Home Russell, Kansas
Mississippi State Historical Museum Jackson, Mississippi
Jun 29 •Award of Air Force Cross to Arthur N. Black Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama
Dream Theater Russell, Kansas
Birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers Meridian, Mississippi
Andre Captured Tarrytown, New York
André Captors Monument Tarrytown, New York
Reformed Dutch Church of Tappan Tappan, New York
The Old ‘76 House Tappan, New York
“76 House” Tappan, New York
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HMdb is Mobile-Ready

On your cell phone’s browser. Want to know what that marker you just passed said? Fire up this website on your phone’s browser and hit the Near You button. Set up a shortcut now so you'll be ready next time you’re out.
 
There’s an app for that. Niantic’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.
 
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.
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.

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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