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Marker of the WeekTroy’s Hero Troy, New Hampshire
Driving a gasoline tanker truck, this week in 1963 Pete Trudelle came around a blind curve to find a stopped school bus and an automobile blocking his way. Knowing he could not stop in time, he “yanked the wheel to the right.” Regional Editor Devry Becker Jones of Washington DC filed this entry in last June.
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Historical Marker Facts
How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 124,908 so far. Adding more daily.
How many historical markers are there in Canada? We’ve found 2,539 so far. We’re always looking for more.
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|Today •||The Huey Helicopter Priceville, Alabama|
|•||Allen Tibbets Coldwater, Michigan|
|•||War Memorial Stanton, Kentucky|
|•||Persian Gulf War Memorial Stanton, Kentucky|
|•||Women Workers Dearborn, Michigan|
|•||Clifton Forebears are Buried in Old Church Cemetery to Southeast Ashland City, Tennessee|
|•||Clifton Methodist Church Ashland City, Tennessee|
|•||Morgan County Veterans Memorial Priceville, Alabama|
|•||USS San Jose (AFS-7)Anchors / BOFORS TWIN 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun Priceville, Alabama|
|•||Prisoner of War or Missing in Action Priceville, Alabama|
|•||Reformed Dutch Church Kinderhook, New York|
|•||Jesse Williams Rome, New York|
|•||Francois Rouquier Homesite Natchitoches, Louisiana|
|•||Junction of Bighorn and Yellowstone Rivers Custer, Montana|
|•||Buffalo Country Custer, Montana|
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Most Viewed Markers This Year
|1 •||Carrollton Manor Adamstown, Maryland|
|2 •||John Wilkes Booth Port Royal, Virginia|
|3 •||Lauretta Wasserstein Sculpture Garden Northridge, California|
|4 •||The American's Creed / In Grateful Remembrance Dunedin, Florida|
|5 •||Stoney Point Chatsworth, California|
|6 •||The Clearing Ellison Bay, Wisconsin|
|7 •||The Burning of San Jose Chinatown San Jose, California|
|8 •||Alec Simmons Novice, Texas|
|9 •||Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park Leesburg, Virginia|
|10 •||Callens Home Fountain Valley, California|
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History Happened HereNational and global events all happened somewhere, and historical markers mark
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, 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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Keep An Eye on Those MarkersEnter 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
|Today •||Payne-Desha House / Joseph Desha (1768-1842) Georgetown, Kentucky|
|•||New Madrid New Madrid, Missouri|
|•||Site of the Wall of New Amsterdam New York, New York|
|•||Albert von Koelliker Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany|
|•||Kohlrausch, Roentgen, and Wien Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany|
|•||The CCC at Prairie Creek Orick, California|
|•||Horton-Hanover Schools / Hanover High School Hanover, Michigan|
|•||In Memory of Christian Bomberger Warwick Township, Pennsylvania|
|•||Sacrifice of the 1st Minnesota Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania|
|•||Endicott Building Saint Paul, Minnesota|
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