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Marker of the Week
Disaster in 1872 Lone Pine, California

Disaster in 1872 marker imageThis week in 1872 an 8.3 magnitude earthquake hits Lone Pine, in rural Inyo County, killing 27 as they slept. It was felt in Mexico. Thousands of aftershocks continued for months. The infamous San Francisco earthquake of 1906 350 miles away that killed 3000 was only 7.8 magnitude. Contributing Correspondent Beth Ann Thornhill of Cathedral City, California filed this entry in 2010. Contributing Correspondent Denise Boose of Tehachapi added this and other photos in 2012.
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Take a Tour of the Database

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The Marker Hunter’s Picnic
I've reserved the picnic pavilion at Fort Frederick State Park near Big Pool, Maryland, for Saturday May 27, 2017 (Memorial Day Weekend) and I'm bringing charcoal for the grill. A number of other HMdb.org editors say they'll be there. I've only met two correspondents or editors in person in the website’s eleven year history. I'm looking forward to meeting a few more. Come on down! There is more info in the Forum. —JJP

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Markers Recently Added
Mar 27 •Former Mansion of Doña Josefa Escudero Aguirre Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
The Big Oak Thomasville, Georgia
Quitman Veterans Memorial Quitman, Georgia
Our Confederate Dead Quitman, Georgia
Brooks County Veterans Monument Quitman, Georgia
Monument to Scottish Immigrants Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Courage of the Scottish Immigrants Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fargason Fields Memphis, Tennessee
1023 East Baltimore Street Baltimore, Maryland
Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Cemetery Barkhamsted, Connecticut
Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village Barkhamsted, Connecticut
City Hall Baltimore, Maryland
Monument to Scottish Immigrants Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
La Nacional Building Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Tennessee / Kentucky Portland, Tennessee
and more ...
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •The Stono Rebellion (1739) Rantowles, South Carolina
2 •Manchester Slave Docks Richmond, Virginia
3 •St. Joseph County Civil War Monument South Bend, Indiana
4 •Linlithgow Palace Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland
5 •Longstreet Encampment Sweetwater, Tennessee
6 •Pioneer Cabin New Bremen, Ohio
7 •Government Island Stafford, Virginia
8 •Hurricane Hazel Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
9 •Hurricane Hugo Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
10 •Camp Mast Sugar Grove, North 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.
Google Maps Links
Markers in this database have links to Google maps
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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.

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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

Mar 27 •The House of Montejo Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
The Municipal Palace Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Lakeview Gusher No.1 Maricopa, California
20-Mule Team Trail California City, California
First Catholic Church and Cemetery in Kern County Havilah, California
New Dungeness Light Station History Sequim, Washington
Presidio County Courthouse Marfa, Texas
1803 Plan of Rockville and Boundary Stone Rockville, Maryland
Fort Anderson Rocky Top, Tennessee
Offices Of The War Department And The Adjutant General Austin, Texas
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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. There's our app (described elsewhere on this page) and there is Niantic’s “Field Trip” for iPhone and Android which 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.

Middle School History Project

Teachers! Are you looking for a history project idea that will actively involve your students and their parents? Take a look at this historical marker passport project used by teachers in the Wilson NY School District for 7th and 8th grade students. Download the customizable two-page Microsoft Word document by clicking here.

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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