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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 •Site of First Ohio State Home Football Game / The Ohio State University First Football Team 1890 Columbus, Ohio
2 •P.O. Box 1142 Alexandria, Virginia
3 •Agua Fria Agua Fria Village, New Mexico
4 •In Honor of All Who Served Hoopeston, Illinois
5 •Morgan’s Raid Salineville, Ohio
6 •South Point Complex Naalehu, Hawaii
7 •Mystery Shrouds Fort Mountain Chatsworth, Georgia
8 •The King's Highway ~ The Potomac Path Woodbridge, Virginia
9 •Confederate Saltpeter Works Caldwell, West Virginia
10 •Outhouses Hutchinson, Kansas
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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
Christmas in Savannah 1864 Savannah, Georgia

It was 150 years ago this week when Union General Sherman, as he promised, reached the sea. After taking the city he wrote to President Lincoln, “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah.” Unlike with Atlanta, he did not burn Savannah, but this marker states that “burning Confederate Navy vessels lit up the Christmas Season Sky.” Later, Union soldiers dressed up mules as reindeer to deliver Christmas meals to areas of the city where food was scarce. Our late Contributing Editor Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina, documented this marker in 2009. Previous Markers of the Week.
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Check out Google’s Field Trip App
Available at no charge for your iPhone or Android smart phone or tablet, it features this database as one of its sources of Historic Places information. Take a look at this video.
 
Markers Recently Added
Dec 22 •Centre Star Station Guernsey, Wyoming
Dec 22 •Historic Guernsey Area Guernsey, Wyoming
Dec 22 •Guernsey War Memorial Guernsey, Wyoming
Dec 21 •Nebraska City-Fort Kearny Cut-Off York, Nebraska
Dec 21 •Nebraska's I-80 Bicentennial Sculptures York, Nebraska
Dec 21 •The Moravian Trail Deersville, Ohio
Dec 21 •Deersville Deersville, Ohio
Dec 21 •The Purple Heart York, Nebraska
Dec 21 •Moravian House Deersville, Ohio
Dec 21 •Hazel's House Deersville, Ohio
Dec 21 •Veterans Memorial Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Dec 21 •Mary L. Jobe Akeley / Harry F. Hazlett Deersville, Ohio
Dec 21 •Nathan Boone Cabin Ash Grove, Missouri
Dec 21 •New Athens, Ohio New Athens, Ohio
Dec 21 •Franklin College / Cornerstone of Civil Rights New Athens, Ohio
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
Dec 21 •Abraham Lincoln at Cadiz Junction Hopedale, Ohio
Dec 21 •The Tramp of Marching Feet Mechanicsville, Virginia
Dec 21 •Morgan's Raid East Springfield, Ohio
Dec 21 •Benjamin Lundy Home / Free Labor Store Mount Pleasant, Ohio
Dec 21 •Treaty of Traverse des Sioux Site St. Peter, Minnesota
Dec 21 •Antioch College / and Glen Helen Yellow Springs, Ohio
Dec 21 •Upper Steel Arch Bridge Niagara Falls, Ontario
Dec 21 •The Confederates Attack Mechanicsville, Virginia
Dec 21 •Firing Blind Mechanicsville, Virginia
Dec 21 •Manteo Weather Tower Manteo, North Carolina
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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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