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Marker of the WeekThe Virgin of Guadalupe and Juan Diego, Ciudad de México, Mexico
Fact or legend? Mary the mother of Jesus Christ appeared to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin here this week in 1531, filling his cloak with Castilian roses. When he emptied his cloak before the archbishop, on the cloak’s fabric was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. This is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. Regional Editor J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico, filed this entry in 2016.
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More Than 126 Thousand!
Hundreds added weekly. One of our correspondents has stood in front of each historical marker or monument, taken its picture, and entered its location and other information. An editor has reviewed and approved each entry. For the very few markers without a photograph, their location was carefully researched.
No other national historical marker list can make this claim, and a number of them borrow information from us, some without permission.
Markers Recently Added
|Today •||Brünnstadt World Wars I and II Memorial Brünnstadt, Bavaria, Germany|
|Dec 10 •||The Wreck of the Bristol - November 21, 1836 Lynbrook, New York|
|•||Red Owl Legend Brentwood, New York|
|•||ehem. Pfarrhaus - Pfarrhof / Former Rectory - Vicarage Zeilitzheim, Bavaria, Germany|
|•||Philipp Jacob Spener Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany|
|•||Monolith of Coatlinchán Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Mexico|
|•||Walter Kolb Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany|
|•||U.S. Center of Population 1970-1980 Mascoutah, Illinois|
|•||Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish War Memorial Prairie du Rocher, Illinois|
|•||Wilkes Street Tunnel Alexandria, Virginia|
|•||Bank of Fergus County Lewistown, Montana|
|•||Montana Building Lewistown, Montana|
|•||Delfosse-Allard: A Multi-component Site Scott, Wisconsin|
|•||Heinrich von Gagern Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany|
|•||Windmill Hill Alexandria, Virginia|
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Most Viewed Markers This Year
|1 •||General Pasquale Paoli City of Westminster, England, United Kingdom|
|2 •||Lost Bird Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
|3 •||First Shipboard Landing San Bruno, California|
|4 •||Indians Poisoned At Peace Meeting West Point, Virginia|
|5 •||90 mm M-2 Anti-Aircraft Gun Greenville, South Carolina|
|6 •||Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park Leesburg, Virginia|
|7 •||Confederate Defenders of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina|
|8 •||The Stono Rebellion (1739) Rantowles, South Carolina|
|9 •||Mann's Tavern Annapolis, Maryland|
|10 •||Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer Hunterstown, Pennsylvania|
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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Are You A Collector?Do you collect historical markers? Would you like to start? If you’re a collector, or want to get started,
You can add markers yourself. It's easy! Check marker submission guidelines, then click 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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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
|Dec 10 •||First School Brentwood, New York|
|•||Josiah Pugh Wilbarger Austin, Texas|
|•||James Moore Cabin Waterloo, Illinois|
|•||From First Americans to Euroamericans Scott, Wisconsin|
|•||George A. Wyman Cayuga, New York|
|•||George A. Wyman Rocklin, California|
|•||The Ximenez-Fatio House St. Augustine, Florida|
|•||The Ximenez-Fatio House St. Augustine, Florida|
|Dec 9 •||Mill Creek Zanja Redlands, California|
|•||The Desert Inn Yeehaw Junction, Florida|
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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.
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.