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District of Columbia Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 27, 2022

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 The District of Columbia ranks 25th among territories, states and provinces with markers in this database. The United States of America is a territory of the United States of America located in the American Northeast. It is also in the Mid-Atlantic region. District of Columbia is some 68 square miles in size with a population of around 706 thousand people. The District—also known as Washington, D.C.—is divided into 131 neighborhoods and 106 of them have entries in the database. In D.C. we have discovered historical markers lying in 74 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 2,102 historical markers in District of Columbia, by our count. We have cataloged 2,102 historical markers and 72 war memorials—each individually presented on 2,164 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this territory make up 1.3% of our total. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first District of Columbia marker in the database, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, was added February 22, 2006. It was photographed in Georgetown in Washington and was erected in 1850. The last one added was submitted on January 18, 2022, and titled Braddock’s Rock. It is in Foggy Bottom in Washington and had been erected in 1964. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in District of Columbia was erected in 1792. It was this one: Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southeast 9, and one of our correspondents found it near Bellevue in Washington on April 19, 2018.

District of Columbia Historical Topics
454 • African Americans
346 • Industry and Commerce
333 • Arts, Letters, Music
285 • Government and Politics
254 • Architecture
243 • Education
236 • Churches and Religion
223 • Science and Medicine
221 • Women
200 • Civil War
    ... and others ...

District residents don’t want to forget their African American history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from District of Columbia about African Americans—454 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 346 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the African Americans topic was The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, added March 28, 2006. It had been erected in 2000 in The Tidal Basin in Washington. The last one submitted was submitted on December 31, 2021, and titled Mt. Zion Cemetery / Female Union Band Society Cemetery. It had been erected in Georgetown in Washington. The earliest marker erected with the African Americans topic that we have listed was erected in 1876. It is Freedmen’s Memorial Monument to Abraham Lincoln, found in Capitol Hill in Washington on April 21, 2007.

What is the most interesting historical marker in District of Columbia? What we know is that Japanese Stone Lantern is the most viewed entry in the database from District of Columbia since it was added in 2006. It is located in The Tidal Basin in Washington. This year so far, the most viewed District resident entry is located in Pleasant Plains in Washington. It is A Lovers' Stroll…A Legacy Begins / Constitutionally Bound.

Washington D.C. Neighborhoods

The District of Columbia neighborhood with the most historical markers listed in this database is Navy Yard, with 191 of them. It is followed by The National Mall with 164 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 20003 at the top of the list with 218 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 20003 is assigned to Washington DC.) It is followed by ZIP Code 20002 with 178 markers. (20002 is assigned to Washington DC.)

Historical Markers in These
District of Columbia Neighborhoods
191 • Navy Yard
164 • The National Mall
129 • Georgetown
110 • Arboretum
103 • Penn Quarter
98 • Downtown Washington
94 • Foggy Bottom
88 • Dupont Circle
77 • Capitol Hill
62 • Southwest Waterfront
    ... and others ...
In Navy Yard, the first marker added to the database from there, Swift Boat PCF-1, was added June 28, 2008. It was erected in 1998. The last one submitted was uploaded on October 28, 2021, and is titled Lafayette's Tour and was erected in 2021. The earliest marker erected in Navy Yard that we have listed was erected in 1974. It was Washington Navy Yard Chapel on August 24, 2008.

Latest entry from District of Columbia. Click to go there
By Craig Baker
Latest Entry from District of Columbia
“Braddock’s Rock”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from The National Mall. The first: Lock Keeper’s House, was added March 28, 2006. It had been erected in 1928. The last: Ralph Rinzler added on December 18, 2021. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1856: Andrew Jackson Downing, added on July 6, 2008.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The District of Columbia Cultural Tourism DC is currently in charge of the familiar tall illustrated sidewalk signs that are the official historical markers found all over the territory. We have 540 of their markers in the database.

Latest entry from District of Columbia. Click to go there
By Devry Becker Jones, March 21, 2020
A Cultural Tourism DC Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Tourist Attractions? Or Something Off the Beaten Path?

the District of Columbia offers both and there is plenty of history to check out. If you live in or are visiting Washington, hit the streets and check out places where something of interest once occured, or where famous or infamous people once stood. Our database can help you find some of these places. And perhaps you’ll find some we don’t know about and will take the time to photograph them and add them to the database. Happy Hunting!

Jan. 27, 2022