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Marker of the Week
“Bloody Monday” / American (Know-Nothing) Party Louisville, Kentucky

“Bloody Monday” / American (Know-Nothing) Party marker imageThe Know-No­thing political party began in the early 1850s as an anti-Ca­tho­lic anti-immigrant party. Its followers rioted in a number of U.S. cities including here this week in 1855. The party nominated former U.S. President Millard Fillmore in 1856, and soon waned from prominence. But its nativist spirit rekindled a number of times over the years including as the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. Contributing Correspondent Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, filed this entry in 2009.
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Historical Marker Facts

How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 117,598 so far. Adding more daily.

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

How many historical markers are there in Canada? We’ve found 2,536 so far. We’re always looking for more.

What province has the most historical markers? We’ve found the most in Ontario.   Nova Scotia, Quebec, New Brunswick, and British Columbia round out the top five.

Markers Recently Added

Today •Initial Survey Point Hazel Green, Alabama
Mount Paran Campground and Cemetery New Market, Alabama
Madison County Poorhouse Farm Site and Cemetery New Market, Alabama
John Williams Walker (1783-1823) Hazel Green, Alabama
Original Site of Enon Baptist Church Huntsville, Alabama
Early Settlers Cemetery Huntsville, Alabama
Dallas Mills and Village / Rison School Huntsville, Alabama
Monte Sano Elementary School Huntsville, Alabama
Camp Monte Sano Huntsville, Alabama
Schrimsher Farm Huntsville, Alabama
St. Paul AME Church Fayetteville, Tennessee
Staten Island War Dog Memorial Staten Island, New York
The New Concord Underground Railroad New Concord, Ohio
Oak Place Huntsville, Alabama
Spokane's Evolving Riverfront Spokane, Washington
and more ...
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •To the Faithful Slaves Fort Mill, South Carolina
2 •Confederate Soldiers McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania
3 •Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park Leesburg, Virginia
4 •Last Confederate Bivouac McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania
5 •Seven Confederate Brothers Windsor, Virginia
6 •Confederate Defenders of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina
7 •90 mm M-2 Anti-Aircraft Gun Greenville, South Carolina
8 •John Wilkes Booth Port Royal, Virginia
9 •457th Bombardment Group (H) Pooler, Georgia
10 •Influenza Epidemic Victims Cabot, Pennsylvania
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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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Do you collect historical markers? Would you like to start? If you’re a collector, or want to get started,
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Clara Barton,
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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
Enter 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. 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 •Stone Arch Bridge - Great Northern Railway Minneapolis, Minnesota
Passenger Coaches Carson, North Dakota
Good Wages Isabella, Minnesota
Battlefield Tampa, Florida
Aug 5 •Wind Canyon – Carved by Wind and Water – Marred by Man Medora, North Dakota
River Woodland Medora, North Dakota
Canada Island Resolution Spokane, Washington
Trolley Depot Branchport, New York
Veterans of All Wars Elmira, New York
Look Up, Look Around! Spokane, Washington
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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.
 
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