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Marker of the WeekJapanese Attack Goleta, California
A golf course marks the spot where the U.S. was last attacked by a foreign country, this week in 1942, while the U.S. president was speaking to the nation. The site, an oil field then, sustained just $500 worth of damage, but the attack spread fear up and down the west coast. Contributing Correspondent Craig Baker of Sylmar, California, filed this entry in 2019.
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Historical Marker Facts
How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 126,180 so far. Adding more daily.
How many historical markers are there in Canada? We’ve found 2,540 so far. We’re always looking for more.
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|Today •||Howard Homestead/Solana Plat Punta Gorda, Florida|
|•||Southernmost Railroad Terminal Punta Gorda, Florida|
|•||Sutherland Springs School Site Sutherland Springs, Texas|
|•||Sutherland Springs Sutherland Springs, Texas|
|•||Site of Old Town of Union Valley Nixon, Texas|
|•||Albuquerque Nixon, Texas|
|Feb 26 •||Admiralty Pattern Anchor Warwick, Virginia|
|•||USS Monitor: America's First Ironclad Warwick, Virginia|
|•||US Navy Admiralty Pattern Anchor Riverside, Virginia|
|•||Inglis Main Dam Inglis, Florida|
|•||Spanish Bronze Gun Warwick, Virginia|
|•||Spanish Bronze Gun Warwick, Virginia|
|•||Miranda Home St. Petersburg, Florida|
|•||History: Monkeys & Boars Ocala, Florida|
|•||History: Cows & Horses Ocala, Florida|
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Most Viewed Markers This Year
|1 •||John Wilkes Booth Port Royal, Virginia|
|2 •||Harding Birthplace Blooming Grove, Ohio|
|3 •||Seven Confederate Brothers Windsor, Virginia|
|4 •||Slave Cemetery Upper Saddle River, New Jersey|
|5 •||Covalt Station Terrace Park, Ohio|
|6 •||Carrollton Manor Adamstown, Maryland|
|7 •||Seven Oaks Plantation Site Westwego, Louisiana|
|8 •||The American's Creed / In Grateful Remembrance Dunedin, Florida|
|9 •||First House and Ferry Simsbury, Connecticut|
|10 •||Lauretta Wasserstein Sculpture Garden Northridge, California|
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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
|Feb 26 •||USS Arkansas Wabbaseka, Arkansas|
|•||Hickory Hill Cemetery of Welaunee Plantation Tallahassee, Florida|
|•||Willie Kavanaugh Hocker Wabbaseka, Arkansas|
|•||305th Bomb Group (H) United States Air Force Academy, Colorado|
|•||Edwin Way Teale Town of Pines, Indiana|
|•||Strandporten / Strand Port Nyborg, Syddanmark, Denmark|
|•||Monument Tabernacle Township, New Jersey|
|•||Bryan Hall Gainesville, Florida|
|•||405th Fighter Group United States Air Force Academy, Colorado|
|•||Picnic Point New York, New York|
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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 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.
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.