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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
Online Systems and Personal Computing Mountain View, California

Online Systems and Personal Computing marker imageA surprising number of features of the yet-to-be-invented Internet were previewed and demonstrated this week in 1968. The demonstration occurred in San Francisco, but the marker stating this is here at the Computer History Museum. Contributing Editor Craig Baker of Sylmar, California, filed this entry a few months ago.
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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 162 Thousand!

HMdb MARKER COUNT
162786

Hundreds added monthly. ...▼

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Historical Marker Facts

How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 140,909 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 2,570 so far. We’re always looking for more.


Markers Recently Added

Today •This Limestone Cross Blissfield, Michigan
WWI Camp Bowie Base Fort Worth, Texas
The Connellee House Eastland, Texas
Wagner-Trott Building Charleston, South Carolina
Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Salud Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico
Rodinghausen Point Pemberville, Ohio
Pemberville Pemberville, Ohio
Ravinia School Ravinia, South Dakota
The Ravinia Consolidated School Ravinia, South Dakota
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Lake Andes, South Dakota
Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library Blissfield, Michigan
Dec 6 •Education of Black Folk Birmingham, Alabama
The Windmill Dwight, Illinois
Wilson-Sottile House Charleston, South Carolina
Little Lady Can Read Birmingham, Alabama
and more ...
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •Seven Confederate Brothers Windsor, Virginia
2 •Old Slave Block Sharpsburg, Maryland
3 •Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park Leesburg, Virginia
4 •One of Country Music's Darkest Days Camden, Tennessee
5 •Last Indian Clash Churchville, Virginia
6 •John Wilkes Booth Port Royal, Virginia
7 •Adrian Block Commemorative Tablet New York, New York
8 •Slave Cemetery Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
9 •Gatlinburg SkyBridge Gatlinburg, Tennessee
10 •The Oldest House Richmond, Virginia
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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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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 •Birthplace of Jackie Robinson Cairo, Georgia
Fort Butler African American Soldiers Memorial Donaldsonville, Louisiana
Gambrill Mill Frederick, Maryland
The Henry County Courthouse Napoleon, Ohio
The Pavilion Hickory Grove, West Virginia
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Brusly, Louisiana
Credit New York, New York
Howard School Georgetown, South Carolina
The Cotton Exchange New York, New York
Pemberville Town Hall and Opera House Pemberville, Ohio
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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.
Dec. 7, 2021