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Marker of the WeekChief Joseph’s Surrender Chinook, Montana
“... I will fight no more forever.” This eloquent and heartbreaking surrender was spoken this week in 1887. Attempting to flee with his people to safety in Canada, the U.S. Cavalry under General Oliver Howard chased after them. They fought to a standoff here in this snowy field just a few miles from the Canadian border, and the Nez Perce that survived surrendered. Contributing Editor Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood in California submitted this entry last year.
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Historical Marker Facts
How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 118,931 so far. Adding more daily.
How many historical markers are there in Canada? We’ve found 2,537 so far. We’re always looking for more.
Markers Recently Added
|Today •||Old Jail Museum Greenwood, Arkansas|
|Sep 27 •||Monrovia Belleville, Arkansas|
|•||Route 66 in Elkhart Elkhart, Illinois|
|•||Elkhart Cemetery Elkhart, Illinois|
|•||Revolutionary War Patriots Springfield, Illinois|
|•||Yell County First Court House Danville, Arkansas|
|•||Pig Hip Restaurant Broadwell, Illinois|
|•||Charles Henry Bull House Quincy, Illinois|
|•||The Golden Years Williamsville, Illinois|
|•||R. F. Newcomb House Quincy, Illinois|
|•||When the Wagons Rolled Williamsville, Illinois|
|•||Madison Park Quincy, Illinois|
|•||Dr. Thomas Edgar Musselman Quincy, Illinois|
|•||Lincoln's Elkhart Connection Elkhart, Illinois|
|•||Charley's Run Quincy, Illinois|
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Most Viewed Markers This Year
|1 •||To the Faithful Slaves Fort Mill, South Carolina|
|2 •||Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park Leesburg, Virginia|
|3 •||Confederate Soldiers McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania|
|4 •||Last Confederate Bivouac McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania|
|5 •||Seven Confederate Brothers Windsor, Virginia|
|6 •||Confederate Defenders of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina|
|7 •||John Wilkes Booth Port Royal, Virginia|
|8 •||Vanport Portland, Oregon|
|9 •||Anderson County Confederate Monument Anderson, South Carolina|
|10 •||Old Slave Block Sharpsburg, Maryland|
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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
|Sep 27 •||This Vault Springfield, Illinois|
|•||1859-1911 Springfield, Illinois|
|•||Temporary Tombs Springfield, Illinois|
|•||Lincoln's Hat Springfield, Illinois|
|•||Globe Tavern Springfield, Illinois|
|•||The Temporary Vault Springfield, Illinois|
|•||Robert B. Latham Home Lincoln, Illinois|
|•||Alice Moore Dunbar [Nelson] and Paul Laurence Dunbar Residence LeDroit Park, Washington, DC|
|•||Robert and Mary Church Terrell House LeDroit Park, Washington, DC|
|•||Second Oakland Avenue Bridge Sharon, Pennsylvania|
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Middle School History ProjectTeachers! 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.
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