“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Welcome to the Historical Marker Database

Marker of the Week
Horseshoe Curve Altoona, Pennsylvania

Horseshoe Curve marker imageThis en­gi­neer­ing marvel and National Historic Landmark opened this week in 1854. The curve makes a 220 degree turn as the railroad, four tracks wide here, climbs over the Allegheny Mountains. Helper engines are added to long trains to provide additional power to ascend and additional braking when descending. Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad, it continues in use today as an important link in Norfolk Southern Railway’s network. Prolific Contributing Editor William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania, filed this entry in 2012.
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Take a Tour of the Database

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More Than 114 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.

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Markers Recently Added
Today •Clan Campbell Coat of Arms Discovery Bay, Middlesex, Jamaica
Mormon Settlers in Bandera County Bandera, Texas
Maison Tremblay House / L'eglise Unie Zion United Church New Carlisle, Quebec
Early Settlers' Home New Braunfels, Texas
Hermann Seele New Braunfels, Texas
Louis Henne Co. New Braunfels, Texas
Plumeyer Bakery Building New Braunfels, Texas
La maison rurale du Bas-Canada / The Rural House of Lower Canada Rimouski, Quebec
Johann Georg Oegg Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany
Centtor / "Cent" Gate Gerolzhofen, Bavaria, Germany
Trylon of Freedom Northwest Washington, Washington, DC
Sophienburg Hill New Braunfels, Texas
Gonzalez Home Amsterdam, New York
The Garden Leesburg, Virginia
International & Great Northern Railroad in New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas
and more ...
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •General Pasquale Paoli City of Westminster, England, United Kingdom
2 •Pendleton Town Hall Explosion Pendleton, Indiana
3 •First Shipboard Landing San Bruno, California
4 •Lest We Forget Sylmar, California
5 •The Stono Rebellion (1739) Rantowles, South Carolina
6 •Confederate Defenders of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina
7 •Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer Hunterstown, Pennsylvania
8 •C-2A Greyhound Coronado, California
9 •Manzanita Lincoln, California
10 •Modern Liberation Arlington, 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,
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. Cards 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 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 •Sam Sharpe Montego Bay, Cornwall, Jamaica
Hillsborough County's Confederate Monument Tampa, Florida
Formerly The Texas School Book Depository Building Dallas, Texas
Lieutenant Colonel William H. Rutherford Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Basil C. Pearce Jr. USS Tang Memorial Palatka, Florida
Zachary Taylor Fulmore Austin, Texas
Ku Klux Klan Trials Georgetown, Texas
Williamson County Georgetown, Texas
Williamson County Sun Georgetown, Texas
C.A.D. Clamp Georgetown, Texas
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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.
Do you have some history that you want to publish on the Internet? can provide hosting space at 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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