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District of Columbia Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 7, 2023

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 The District of Columbia ranks 26th among territories, states and provinces with markers in this database. The District of Columbia 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 four quadrants and all of them have entries in the database. In D.C. we have discovered historical markers lying in 75 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 2,361 historical markers in District of Columbia, by our count. We have cataloged 2,361 historical markers and 86 war memorials—each individually presented on 2,434 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 Northwest Washington in Washington and was erected in 1850. The last one added was submitted on January 20, 2023, and titled Andrew Jackson. It also is in Northwest Washington in Washington and had been erected in 1853. 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 Southeast Washington in Washington on April 19, 2018.

District of Columbia Historical Topics
479 • African Americans
396 • Industry and Commerce
391 • Arts, Letters, Music
335 • Government and Politics
287 • Architecture
282 • Education
272 • Churches and Religion
263 • Women
260 • Science and Medicine
249 • Horticulture and Forestry
    ... 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—479 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 396 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 Southwest Washington in Washington. The last one submitted was submitted on January 2, 2023, and titled History of SW / Buzzard Point. It had been erected in Southwest Washington 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 Northeast Washington 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 Southwest Washington in Washington. This year so far, the most viewed District resident entry is located in Northwest Washington in Washington. It is A Lovers' Stroll…A Legacy Begins / Constitutionally Bound.

Washington D.C. Neighborhoods

The District of Columbia quadrant with the most historical markers listed in this database is Northwest Washington, with 1513 of them. It is followed by Southeast Washington with 325 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 20003 at the top of the list with 234 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 20003 is assigned to Washington DC.) It is followed by ZIP Code 20009 with 198 markers. (20009 is assigned to Washington DC.)

Historical Markers in These
District of Columbia Quadrants
1,513 • Northwest Washington
325 • Southeast Washington
319 • Southwest Washington
277 • Northeast Washington
In Northwest Washington, the first marker added to the database from there, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, was added February 22, 2006, and was also the first one submitted in all of District of Columbia. It was erected in 1850. The last one submitted—also the last one submitted in all of District of Columbia—was uploaded on January 20, 2023, and is titled Andrew Jackson and was erected in 1853. The earliest marker erected in Northwest Washington that we have listed was erected in 1850. It was Chesapeake & Ohio Canal on February 22, 2006.

Latest entry from District of Columbia. Click to go there
January 20, 2023
Latest Entry from District of Columbia
“Andrew Jackson”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Southeast Washington. The first: Mary McLeod Bethune, was added April 21, 2007. It had been erected in 1974. The last: 1830 / 1899 added on January 2, 2023. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1792: Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Southeast 9, added on April 19, 2018.

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 548 of their markers in the database.

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By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), 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!

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Feb. 7, 2023