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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Welcome to the Historical Marker Database

 

Public history cast in metal, carved on stone, or embedded in resin

 
Marker of the Week
Antoine and Wilson Memorial Cohasset, Massachusetts

Antoine and Wilson Memorial marker image“They kept a good light” on Minot Ledge until this week in 1851 when they and their lighthouse were swept into the sea in a nor’easter. Contributing correspondent Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, filed this entry in 2011.
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Take a Tour of the Database

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More Than 148 Thousand!

HMdb MARKER COUNT
148407

Hundreds added weekly. ...▼

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Historical Marker Facts

How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 128,598 so far. Adding more daily.

What state has the most historical markers? We’ve found the most in New York.   Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania, and California round out the top five.

How many historical markers are there in Canada? We’ve found 2,543 so far. We’re always looking for more.

What province has the most historical markers? We’ve found the most in Ontario.   Nova Scotia, Quebec, New Brunswick, and British Columbia round out the top five.


Markers Recently Added

Apr 16 •Trinity United Methodist Church Houston, Texas
Amos T. Akerman (1821-1880) Cartersville, Georgia
Leaping Into History Edmond, Oklahoma
Edmond Station, Indian Territory Edmond, Oklahoma
The Story of Old Hardin Bridge Kingston, Georgia
Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church Houston, Texas
Kingston's Rich, Historical Past Kingston, Georgia
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church Houston, Texas
Central State Normal Edmond, Oklahoma
Sam (Lightnin’) Hopkins Houston, Texas
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church Houston, Texas
Farmers Grain Company Edmond, Oklahoma
Stephenson Park Edmond, Oklahoma
National Guard Armory Edmond, Oklahoma
Classen's Grove Edmond, Oklahoma
and more ...
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •Adrian Block Commemorative Tablet New York, New York
2 •Seven Confederate Brothers Windsor, Virginia
3 •John Wilkes Booth Port Royal, Virginia
4 •Slave Cemetery Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
5 •Harold "Hep" Cronin Saint Paul, Minnesota
6 •Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park Leesburg, Virginia
7 •Harding Birthplace Blooming Grove, Ohio
8 •The Stono Rebellion (1739) Rantowles, South Carolina
9 •Seven Oaks Plantation Site Westwego, Louisiana
10 •Old Slave Block Sharpsburg, Maryland
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Tag Pages to Create Lists

When you are signed in, you will see these small buttons on marker pages and search results. Click on them to tag that marker. Return to the My Markers page to see what you've tagged and to create lists and maps.

To get started, click on My Markers to sign in. First time users can register from there. Tag and map your next weekend outing!

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.
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Suggestions? Problems?

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Are You A Collector?

Do you collect historical markers? Would you like to start? If you’re a collector, or want to get started,
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Clara Barton,
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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.
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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

Apr 16 •The Pearl Southwest Waterfront, Washington, DC
Ben Ash Mud Butte, South Dakota
Wyandotte Vietnam Memorial Wyandotte, Michigan
Wyandotte Purple Heart Memorial Wyandotte, Michigan
Marx Home Wyandotte, Michigan
Braddock Road Mile "0" Historical District, Virginia
The Braddock Campaign and Carlyle House Historical District, Virginia
Mineral County / Grant County Elk Garden, West Virginia
315th Troop Carrier Group United States Air Force Academy, Colorado
Lucas Cranach d. Jüngere Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
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HMdb is Mobile-Ready

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

Attention Historical Societies!

Do you have a list of historical markers and war memorials on your website? Is it up to date?

The Historical Marker Database can help. All you need to do is paste 12 lines of code on a page on your website. That code automatically fetches and displays our latest list of markers for your city, county, or parish every time someone opens your page.

Your web designer can easily format the results to match the style used on the other pages on your website. You will get just the list; no logos, advertising, tracking cookies, or other nasties will be added to your list.

Call or email publisher@HMdb.org to get a mock-up of what our list would look like on your website, and to get answers to any question you may have.

Middle School History Project

Teachers! 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.
 
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.
Apr. 17, 2021