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New York Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on October 5, 2022

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 New York State ranks first among states and provinces with markers in this database. New York is a state in the United States of America located in the American Northeast. It is also in the Mid-Atlantic region. New York State is some 55 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 19.5 million people. The state is divided into 62 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In New York State we have discovered historical markers in 1,405 cities and towns lying in 1,279 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 11,449 historical markers in New York State, by our count. We have cataloged 11,272 historical markers and 1,317 war memorials—each individually presented on 12,411 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 6.3% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 177 historical markers in New York State that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. 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 New York State marker in the database, Washington’s Headquarters, was added May 31, 2006. It was photographed in Wallkill in Ulster County and was erected in 1995. The last one added was submitted on October 3, 2022, and titled Dosoris. It is in Glen Cove in Nassau County and had been erected in 1967. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in New York State was erected in 1787. It was this one: Richard Montgomery, and one of our correspondents found it in New York in New York County on July 4, 2008.

New York State Historical Topics
1,846 • Settlements and Settlers
1,597 • Revolutionary War
1,588 • Industry and Commerce
1,040 • Waterways and Vessels
1,017 • Churches and Religion
830 • Colonial Era
647 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
645 • Arts, Letters, Music
643 • Native Americans
640 • Notable Buildings
    ... and others ...

New Yorkers don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from New York State about Settlements and Settlers—1,846 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by the Revolutionary War with 1,597 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was Die Pfalz, added February 24, 2008. It had been erected in 1935 in New Paltz in Ulster County. The last one submitted was submitted on October 3, 2022, and titled Joseph Chaplin. It had been erected in 1976 in Marathon in Cortland County. One of the earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1849. More than one was erected in 1849. This is one of them: Joseph Ellicott, found in Batavia in Genesee County on May 9, 2015.

What is the most interesting historical marker in New York State? What we know is that Mount Kisco Veterans Memorial is the most viewed entry in the database from New York State since it was added in 2009. It is located in Mount Kisco in Westchester County. This year so far, the most viewed New York entry is located in West Point in Orange County. It is Constitution Corner.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The New York State county with the most historical markers listed in this database is New York County, with 1696 of them. It is followed by Erie County with 597 markers. The New York City area of New York County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 1696. In Erie County the area with the most markers, 295, is Buffalo.

Historical Markers in These
New York State Counties
1,696 • New York County
597 • Erie County
518 • Orange County
487 • Saratoga County
473 • Suffolk County
388 • Monroe County
384 • Niagara County
346 • Albany County
310 • Dutchess County
305 • Kings County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in New York State with the most markers we again find New York City at the top of the list with 1697 markers in or near it. It is followed by Brooklyn in Kings County with 305 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 10004 at the top of the list with 222 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 10004 is assigned to New York NY including the Bowling Green, and Manhattan delivery areas.) It is followed by ZIP Code 10003 with 136 markers. (10003 is assigned to New York NY including the Cooper, Manhattan, New York City, Ny, Ny City, and Nyc delivery areas.)

Historical Markers Near These
New York State Cities and Towns
1,697 • New York
305 • Brooklyn
295 • Buffalo
166 • Staten Island
145 • Rochester
121 • West Point
111 • Albany
98 • Jamestown
95 • Bronx
92 • Schenectady
    ... and others ...

Getting back to New York County, the first marker added to the database from there, General Grant Memorial, was added December 1, 2007. in New York City. The last one submitted was uploaded on September 4, 2022, and is titled Henderson Place Historic District, in New York City. The earliest marker erected in New York County that we have listed was erected in 1787. It was Richard Montgomery, found in New York City on July 4, 2008.

Latest entry from New York State. Click to go there
By Jordan Romano
Latest Entry from New York State

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Brooklyn. The first: William Moir Smith, was added April 25, 2008. It had been erected in 1865. The last: Remember the Malbone Street Wreck added on August 17, 2022. It had been erected in 2019. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1865: William Moir Smith, added on April 25, 2008.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers state-wide in New York State today but the State Education Department was once responsible for erecting the familiar blue and yellow historical markers. They erected their first marker in 1926, and we have 1,978 of their markers in the database.

In addition, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation—not government affiliated—also erected numerous historical markers in New York State, and we have 2,701 of their New York State markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from New York State. Click to go there
By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 30, 2017
A State Education Department Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. 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.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of New York State have been marked with history. Check out Schuyler County, Lewis County and Hamilton County. We've only found, respectively, 30, 19, and 16 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of New York State might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Oct. 5, 2022