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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
Record Cold Spot Augusta, Montana

Record Cold Spot marker imageThis week 64 years ago it was 70 degrees below zero here at Roger’s Pass, the continental U.S. record for coldest officially recorded temperature. The 1954 record still holds. Contributing Correspondent Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida, filed this entry in 2014.
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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.

More Than 165 Thousand!

HMdb MARKER COUNT
165271

Hundreds added monthly. ...▼

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Historical Marker Facts

How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 142,932 so far. Adding more daily.

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

How many historical markers are there in Canada? We’ve found 2,576 so far. We’re always looking for more.


Markers Recently Added

Today •Blind Willie Johnson Beaumont, Texas
Dr. Charles F. L. N. Graham Beaumont, Texas
Drag Saw Garberville, California
Beaumont Beaumont, Texas
West Beulah Missionary Baptist Church Beaumont, Texas
Spell Cemetery Beaumont, Texas
Prater Cemetery Beaumont, Texas
St. Emily Methodist Church Baytown, Texas
Hartman Cemetery Old River-Winfree, Texas
Jan 21 •1935 Redwood Lumber Strike Eureka, California
Old River Old River-Winfree, Texas
Henry and Amelia Griffith Mont Belvieu, Texas
First United Methodist Church and Cemetery of Mont Belvieu Mont Belvieu, Texas
Amos Barber Homesite and Cemetery Mont Belvieu, Texas
Barbers Hill Oil Field Mont Belvieu, Texas
and more ...
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •Venice Canals Venice, California
2 •Seven Confederate Brothers Windsor, Virginia
3 •One of Country Music's Darkest Days Camden, Tennessee
4 •Last Indian Clash Churchville, Virginia
5 •Old Slave Block Sharpsburg, Maryland
6 •The Slave Market Mobile, Alabama
7 •Cosson Family Tragedy DeFuniak Springs, Florida
8 •Daniel Boone Winchester, Kentucky
9 •Confederate Soldiers McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania
10 •Last Confederate Bivouac McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania
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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?

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

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.
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HMdb.org 3½" x 2" cards are now available.
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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
Get a list of markers near where you live and work and 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

Today •Katherine Cawches, Guillemine Gilbert, Perotine Massey Saint Peter Port, Bailiwick of Guernsey, British Crown Dependencies
The Block Charleston, West Virginia
Mansfield Soldiers Orphan School Mansfield, Pennsylvania
First African-American Church Built in Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bank of Luxemburg Luxemburg, Wisconsin
Pat Devilin and "Jayhawk" Osawatomie, Kansas
Operation Iraqi Freedom Bella Vista, Arkansas
Lunar Lander Pearlington, Mississippi
Gainesville Volunteers Gainesville, Mississippi
Jan 21 •Cassius Marcellus Clay Richmond, Kentucky
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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.
Jan. 22, 2022