Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Welcome to the Historical Marker Database

 
Marker of the Week
The Charles Goodnight Memorial Trail Canyon, Texas

The Charles Goodnight Memorial Trail marker imageThe co-founder of one of the most important cattle-drive trails died this week in 1929. With Oliver Loving in 1866 they marked the 500-mile route from Texas to New Mexico that was later extended into Colorado. When he died he was one of the American West’s great cattle barons. Contributing Editor Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona, filed this entry a year ago this week.
Article fetched in less than 1 ms.

Take a Tour of the Database

Click on the star button in the menu above. Repeat. Every time you click, you will be shown a different marker at random.

Put our App on your Phone

We've got one for Android devices and a button that does the same thing for the iPhone. They're free! These Apps always show you the most current information from this database.
 
HMdb App Icon
For the Android App, tap image on the left for Google Play. For the iPhone button, tap this link from your iPhone and follow instructions.

Pardon our Dust! We are reworking HMdb.org—one page at a time*—to display correctly on any size screen, small or large.

Markers Recently Added
Today •The Old Windmill and Reservoirs Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Dec 10 •Voormalig Klooster en Later Weeshuis / Former Monastery and Later Orphanage Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
José Rodrigo Xóc Perez San Antonio Palopó, Sololá, Guatemala
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Tequisquiapan, Querétaro, Mexico
First Public Education in Tequisquiapan Tequisquiapan, Querétaro, Mexico
Sid Fournet Baton Rouge, Louisiana
House of José María Sánchez Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
Bradie James Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jefferson Highway Jefferson, Louisiana
Meadow Brook Hall Rochester Hills, Michigan
Meadow Brook Hall Rochester Hills, Michigan
The Founders of Santiago de Querétaro Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
Are We There Yet? Morgan Hill, California
The Battle of Calderón Bridge Zapotlanejo, Jalisco, Mexico
The Battle of Calderón Bridge Zapotlanejo, Jalisco, Mexico
and more ...
Table composed in 4 ms.

Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •Martha Jane Burke Deadwood, South Dakota
2 •Aunt Betty's Story Brightwood, Washington, DC
3 •Cherokee Indian Reservation / (Leaving) Cherokee Reservation Cherokee, North Carolina
4 •Geographic Center of Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee
5 •Penateka Comanches Kerrville, Texas
6 •Colonel William C. Young Newcastle, Texas
7 •The Lynching Of Willie Earle Greenville, South Carolina
8 •Washington’s Southern Tour Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
9 •Building the Batchellerville Bridge Edinburg, New York
10 •Agua Fria Agua Fria Village, New Mexico
Table composed in 47 ms.
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
Google Maps sample image
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.

Suggestions? Problems?

We want to hear from you. Send a note to the editors.

Want a daily email of new entries?

Google's FeedBurner will send you an email every afternoon listing new entries we've published in the last 24 hours.

Enter your email address below and click Subscribe

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of each daily email.

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.
Image of HMdb.org wallet card
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

Dec 10 •Dr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Warner Claude, Texas
Armstrong County Claude, Texas
Dec 9 •Gebouw Voor Kunst En Wetenschappen / Arts and Science Building Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Iron and Steel Workers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Eliza Furnace Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge Tulelake, California
Tequila: Symbol of Mexico Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
Fort Payne Cabin Historic Site Fort Payne, Alabama
Tower Building Shamrock, Texas
Dec 8 •Southern Pacific Railroad Station Los Altos, California
Table composed in 2 ms.
Recommend This Website
Share on Tumblr  

Or use buttons at the bottom of each marker page to recommend individual markers.

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.

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.

 
* Pardon our Dust! Until we're done, some pages will be new, bright and shiny, like this one. Others will be in the old, tired format that may not fit on your screen. We're working make each page display correctly on any size screen, small or large. If you run into any trouble or have a suggestion, please send a note to the editor.
Paid Advertisement