Welcome to the Historical Marker Database
Public history cast in metal, carved on stone, or embedded in resin
Marker of the WeekThe Big Pier 37 Fire San Francisco, California
History does not get more local than this: There was a fire here this week in 1975, it shouldn't have happened, Telegraph Hill did not burn down, and the weathered boards you are standing on here were salvaged from the burnt pier. Regional Editor Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California, filed this entry in 2021.
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More Than 201 Thousand!
Hundreds added monthly.The latest entry was published earlier today at 5:32 AM ET.
Historical Marker Facts
These counts are as of last night and also include war memorials.
How many historical markers are there in the United States? We’ve found 186,593 so far. Adding more daily.
How many historical markers are there in Canada? We’ve found 3,976 so far. We’re always looking for more.
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When you are signed in, you will see these small buttons ➀ ➁ ➂ ➃ ➄ on marker pages and search results. Click on them to tag that marker. Return to the page to see what you've tagged and to create lists, maps, and spreadsheets.
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.
Suggestions? Problems?We want to hear from you. Send a note to the editors.
Are You A Collector?Do you collect historical markers? Would you like to start? If you’re a collector, or want to get started,
You can add markers yourself. It's easy! Check marker submission guidelines, then click 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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Keep An Eye on Those MarkersGet a list of markers near where you live and work and 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.
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Middle School History ProjectTeachers! 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? 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.