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Marker of the WeekFlorida East Coast Railroad Oversea Extension Upper Matecumbe Key, Florida
Completed this week in 1912, it went over the sea for 128 miles to Key West by bridging the islands of the Florida Keys, until the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 destroyed it. Coordinated service by four railroads and a steamship line advertised 51½ hour New York to Havana passenger service. Contributing Editor Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral filed this entry in 2013 and Contributing Editor Tim Fillmon updated it in 2020.
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Historical Marker Facts
How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 124,855 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.
Markers Recently Added
|Today •||Katharine Hepburn Garden New York, New York|
|•||Powell County Veterans Memorial Stanton, Kentucky|
|•||Quinnimont Missionary Baptist Church Quinnimont, West Virginia|
|•||New River Gorge Bridge Fayetteville, West Virginia|
|•||Glen Jean Glen Jean, West Virginia|
|•||Play Ball! Glen Jean, West Virginia|
|•||Bank of Glen Jean Glen Jean, West Virginia|
|•||Natural Renewal Fayetteville, West Virginia|
|•||From Coal Mining to Rock Climbing Fayetteville, West Virginia|
|•||Spanning the Gorge Fayetteville, West Virginia|
|•||Growth of an Era Fayetteville, West Virginia|
|•||Summers County / Greenbrier County Alderson, West Virginia|
|•||Simpson Methodist Church Cemetery Talcott, West Virginia|
|•||Pipestem Knob Primitive Baptist Church Pipestem, West Virginia|
|Jan 22 •||Why The Tunnel Was Built Talcott, West Virginia|
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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 •||Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park Leesburg, Virginia|
|9 •||Callens Home Fountain Valley, California|
|10 •||The Story of the Powder Mills Pittsford, New York|
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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 •||Site of Original Cash Store Larned, Kansas|
|•||Site of Fort Sackville Vincennes, Indiana|
|•||29th Troop Carrier Squadron United States Air Force Academy, Colorado|
|•||Dayton Dayton, Virginia|
|•||The Defenses of Washington Arlington, Virginia|
|•||The Elms North Charleston, South Carolina|
|•||Fort Runyon after the Civil War Arlington, Virginia|
|•||The March Across the Long Bridge Arlington, Virginia|
|•||This Rustic Pile New Market, Virginia|
|•||William Ballard Preston Blacksburg, Virginia|
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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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