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Marker of the WeekEscape of Caroline, 1847 Greensburg, Indiana
This week in 1847 Caroline and her four children escaped their Kentucky owner and were sheltered here by a number of Greensburg residents while they sought ways to get the family further north. One resident discovered and seized them to collect a $15,000 bounty (today's dollars), but others rescued them again. Our late Editor Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana, filed this entry in 2011.
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Historical Marker Facts
How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 120,223 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 •||Martie "Murph" Aboussie Park Soulard, Missouri|
|•||Morgan Block Springfield, Massachusetts|
|•||Rocky Mount Cemetery Prattville, Alabama|
|•||Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Montgomery, Alabama|
|•||Buckner Baptist Children's Home Dallas, Texas|
|•||S. Rhoads Fisher Matagorda, Texas|
|•||Mount Sinai Rosenwald School Prattville, Alabama|
|•||Soulard Market Soulard, Missouri|
|•||Fourth Aviation Squadron Historic District Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama|
|•||First Burials in Matagorda Cemetery Matagorda, Texas|
|•||Matagorda Cemetery Matagorda, Texas|
|•||Matagorda Cemetery Matagorda, Texas|
|•||The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1862 Matagorda, Texas|
|•||Graves of Unknown Matagorda Settlers Matagorda, Texas|
|•||The Matagorda Incident Matagorda, Texas|
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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 •||Seven Confederate Brothers Windsor, Virginia|
|5 •||Last Confederate Bivouac McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania|
|6 •||Confederate Defenders of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina|
|7 •||John Wilkes Booth Port Royal, Virginia|
|8 •||Vanport Portland, Oregon|
|9 •||The Moultrie Flag Greenville, South Carolina|
|10 •||Anderson County Confederate Monument Anderson, South Carolina|
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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 •||Trinity Lutheran Church and School Soulard, Missouri|
|•||Amboy Township Veterans Memorial Metamora, Ohio|
|•||C.E. Housel Home Bergen, New York|
|•||Stanton Hill New Baltimore, New York|
|•||Building the Great Embankment Pittsford, New York|
|•||Highland Park Rochester, New York|
|•||Execution of Mosby’s Rangers Front Royal, Virginia|
|•||Site of the Sauganash Hotel/Wigwam Chicago, Illinois|
|•||Harper House: The Mansion on the Hill Harpers Ferry, West Virginia|
|•||Camp Hill during the Civil War Harpers Ferry, West 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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