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Marker of the Week
Lynyrd Skynyrd Crash Site Memorial Gillsburg, Mississippi

Lynyrd Skynyrd Crash Site Memorial marker imageEn route to Baton Rouge their chartered airplane ran out of fuel and crashed here this week in 1977. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, road manager Dean Kilpatrick and the flight crew were killed on impact. Three granite monuments tell a detailed story. Twenty others survived with serious injuries. Contributing Editor Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana, filed this entry earlier this year.
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More Than 138 Thousand!

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Historical Marker Facts

How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 120,046 so far. Adding more daily.

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

How many historical markers are there in Canada? We’ve found 2,537 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 •Yuma East Wetlands Today Yuma, Arizona
Yuma East Wetlands Yuma, Arizona
Oct 21 •Yuma East Wetlands Yuma, Arizona
Stumps of Stone Florissant, Colorado
Mom and Pop Motels Dwight, Illinois
Shifting Roadways Dwight, Illinois
Full Service on Rte 66 Dwight, Illinois
A Well Connected Village Dwight, Illinois
Ancient Forest Diversity Florissant, Colorado
Alleghany Mennonite Meetinghouse Mohnton, Pennsylvania
Joanna Furnace Mansion Site Morgantown, Pennsylvania
Ore Roaster Morgantown, Pennsylvania
Making of a Monument Florissant, Colorado
Historic Iron Ore Mining Newark, Delaware
In Memory of Sarah Jane Price Ackley Nebo, Pennsylvania
and more ...
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •To the Faithful Slaves Fort Mill, South Carolina
2 •Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park Leesburg, Virginia
3 •Confederate Soldiers McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania
4 •Seven Confederate Brothers Windsor, Virginia
5 •Last Confederate Bivouac McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania
6 •Confederate Defenders of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina
7 •John Wilkes Booth Port Royal, Virginia
8 •Vanport Portland, Oregon
9 •Anderson County Confederate Monument Anderson, South Carolina
10 •Old Slave Block Sharpsburg, Maryland
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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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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
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

Oct 21 •USS Hyman DD732 New Castle, Indiana
Warship Oliver Cromwell Essex, Connecticut
Bummer and Lazarus San Francisco, California
Bum - San Diego’s Official Town Dog / Greyfriars Bobby San Diego, California
Falcon Stadium United States Air Force Academy, Colorado
St. Francis Dam Santa Clarita, California
Champ Sightings in Bulwagga Bay Area Port Henry, New York
Edwin L. Drake Greenville, New York
Edwin L. Drake Castleton, Vermont
Site of Log Cabin Janesville, New York
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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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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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Oct. 22, 2020