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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 •The Battle of Cooch's Bridge Newark, Delaware
5 •St. John Evangelical Church Germantown, Wisconsin
6 •In Honor of All Who Served Hoopeston, Illinois
7 •Aunt Betty's Story Brightwood, Washington, DC
7 •Second Infantry Division Memorial Northwest, Washington, DC
9 •Veterans Memorial Bridge - 1921 / Grist Mill - Indian Battle - Recreation Ariton, Alabama
10 •Where's the Volcano? Arco, Idaho
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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
Richard Montgomery New York, New York

One of the oldest markers in the database, this Revolutionary War memorial was authorized by the Continental Congress this week in 1776 when word of his death during the assault on Quebec reached Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin hired King Louis XV's personal sculptor, Jean Jacques Caffieri, to design and build it. Pierre L'Enfant installed it here in 1788. Contributing Editor F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland, documented it for us in 2008. 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
Jan 27 •Walter Reed Washington, Washington, DC
Jan 27 •Thomas Law Washington, Washington, DC
Jan 27 •Walter Reed Washington, Washington, DC
Jan 27 •Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments Washington, Washington, DC
Jan 27 •Heroes of 1814 Washington, Washington, DC
Jan 26 •Site of U.S. Army Air Corps Plane Crash Sweetwater, Texas
Jan 26 •Roscoe Cemetery Roscoe, Texas
Jan 26 •Monument to Memory and Truth San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
Jan 26 •In Memory of the Sons and Daughters Buffalo, New York
Jan 26 •Park with a View Buffalo, New York
Jan 26 •Laurel Factory: A Mill Town Laurel, Maryland
Jan 26 •Barney at Bladensburg Washington, Washington, DC
Jan 26 •Laurel Harnessed the River to Power the Cotton Mill Laurel, Maryland
Jan 26 •A Shared Neighborhood Washington, Washington, DC
Jan 25 •Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
All markers added 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
Jan 27 •The Crooked River (High) Bridge Terrebonne, Oregon
Jan 27 •On the Circle Tenleytown, Washington, DC
Jan 27 •Leonard Matlovich San Francisco, California
Jan 27 •Covered Way Richmond, Virginia
Jan 27 •Taneytown Taneytown, Maryland
Jan 27 •Extra! Extra! Taneytown, Maryland
Jan 27 •Saint Augustine Roman Catholic Church Shaw, Washington, DC
Jan 27 •For the Children American University Park, Washington, DC
Jan 27 •Cristoforo Colombo Downtown, Washington, DC
Jan 26 •Confederate Veterans Bicentennial Memorial Hamilton, Alabama
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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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