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Marker of the WeekHorseshoe Curve Altoona, Pennsylvania
This 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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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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|Today •||Clan Campbell Coat of Arms Discovery Bay, Middlesex, Jamaica|
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|•||Early Settlers' Home New Braunfels, Texas|
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|•||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|
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|•||International & Great Northern Railroad in New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas|
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|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|
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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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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