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Marker of the Week
Transatlantic Radio Signals St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Transatlantic Radio Signals marker imageThis week in 1901, on the 12th hour of the 12th day of the 12th month, Guglielmo Marconi re­ceived the first trans­at­lan­tic radio transmission here. It was sent from Poldhu England some 2000 miles away and had bounced off the ionosphere, something neither he or his detractors expected. Soon telegraph messages and telephone calls used Marconi’s discovery to span the oceans. Contributing Editor Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California, posted this entry in 2014.
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More Than 111,000 Entries!

HMdb MARKER COUNT
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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 •Jamaica Center Sidewalk Clock Jamaica, New York
Dec 13 •Hof Castell Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany
Flora MacDonald Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
Upstream, downsteam Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Fox Family Becker, Minnesota
Site of Ca-Na-Wau-Gus Avon, New York
The Milesi Palace Split, Split-Dalmatia (county), Croatia
West Liberty World War I Memorial West Liberty, Ohio
Primitive Path Glenville, New York
James Garfield's Legacy Washington, Washington, DC
Old Trapper's Lodge Woodland Hills, California
“My God! What is this?” Washington, Washington, DC
Clifton Park Village Hotel Clifton Park, New York
The Town Hall Split, Split-Dalmatia (county), Croatia
Clifton Park Clifton Park, New York
and more ...
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •Harpers Ferry Drowning Lowndesville, South Carolina
2 •The Sykesville Bypass Bridge Sykesville, Maryland
3 •90 mm M-2 Anti-Aircraft Gun Greenville, South Carolina
4 •The Quest for Land Winchester, Kentucky
5 •Honoring The Lives Los Angeles, California
6 •Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park Leesburg, Virginia
7 •Major Gen Carl G. Schneider, USAF (Ret) Mesa, Arizona
8 •Sykesville Sykesville, Maryland
9 •The Stono Rebellion (1739) Rantowles, South Carolina
10 •Indians Poisoned At Peace Meeting West Point, Virginia
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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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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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HMdb.org 3½" x 2" cards are now available.
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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

Dec 13 •Adriaen van der Donck’s Home New York, New York
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, Florida
Cunard Building New York, New York
Inverness Castle Timeline Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
Capt. Pierre Joseph Landry St. Gabriel, Louisiana
Preston Smith Memorial Shell Monument Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
Thomas R. R. Cobb Fredericksburg, Virginia
McKamy Spring Richardson, Texas
Abingdon Arlington, Virginia
Safe Haven / Refugio seguro St. Augustine, Florida
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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.
 
NOTICE
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