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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
Pittsburgh's Lost Cyclist Baldwin, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh's Lost Cyclist marker imageThis week in 1892 Frank Lenz set out westward to circumnavigate the world on a bicycle, publishing reports along the way for a cycling magazine. His last dispatch was some two years later from Tabriz in the Ottoman Empire, with his next stop to be Erzurum in today's Turkey. Regional Editor Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia, filed this entry in 2021.
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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 171 Thousand!

HMdb MARKER COUNT
171547

Hundreds added monthly. ...▼

The latest entry was published earlier today at 11:41 PM ET.
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Historical Marker Facts

How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 147,958 so far. Adding more daily.

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

How many historical markers are there in Canada? We’ve found 2,844 so far. We’re always looking for more.


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Markers Recently Added

May 17 •"Hail to the Sunrise" Charlemont, Massachusetts
North Adams Civil War Soldiers Monument North Adams, Massachusetts
Williamstown Civil War Soldiers Monument Williamstown, Massachusetts
Old Town Hall Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Old Post Office Bennington, Vermont
Tannery Brook Woodstock, New York
Yoshino Cherry Tree Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fire Station #3 Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne Printing Building Fort Wayne, Indiana
Schmitz Block Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Transfer Corner Fort Wayne, Indiana
Columbia Street Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne Historic District Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Concrete Restoration Walls Fort Wayne, Indiana
Shanty Town And The Great Depression Fort Wayne, Indiana
and more ...
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •Venice Canals Venice, California
2 •Confederate Soldiers Ayr Township, Pennsylvania
3 •Seven Confederate Brothers Windsor, Virginia
4 •Last Confederate Bivouac Ayr Township, Pennsylvania
5 •One of Country Music's Darkest Days Camden, Tennessee
6 •Salubria Oxon Hill, Maryland
7 •Last Indian Clash Churchville, Virginia
8 •The Slave Market Mobile, Alabama
9 •Chattooga Town Mountain Rest, South Carolina
10 •O'Bannon House Russellville, Kentucky
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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?

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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,
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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 •Zion Church Brownsville, Tennessee
United States occupation of Haiti Tampa, Florida
May 17 •US Sanitary Commission Great Central Fair Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kinoshita Farm San Juan Capistrano, California
First Shot - Gettysburg Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania
Erected by Works Progress Administration Vidalia, Georgia
Jonesville Jonesville, Virginia
Lelia Pearl Bragg Laska Chamberlain Sandstone, West Virginia
You'll Do Lobelia Plainsboro, New Jersey
Shapley Line Seabrook, New Hampshire
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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.
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May. 18, 2022