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New York Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 26, 2020

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 63 of them have entries in this database. In New York State we have discovered historical markers in 1,170 cities and towns lying in 1,109 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in New York State? There are least 8,947 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 8,618 historical markers and 929 war memorials—each individually presented on 9,450 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 6.7% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 329 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.

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. The last one added was submitted on February 24, 2020, and titled Water Power in the City of Auburn. It is in Auburn in Cayagua County. 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 Categories
1,406 • Revolutionary War
1,373 • Settlements and Settlers
1,158 • Industry and Commerce
799 • Waterways and Vessels
768 • Churches and Religion
698 • Colonial Era
584 • Notable Buildings
524 • Native Americans
508 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
504 • Patriots and Patriotism
    ... and more ...

New Yorkers don’t want to forget their Revolutionary War history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from New York State about the Revolutionary War—1,406 of them—than about any other historical category. A close second is Settlements and Settlers with 1,373 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Revolutionary War category was also Washington’s Headquarters, added May 31, 2006. It had been erected in Wallkill in Ulster County. The last one submitted was submitted on February 17, 2020, and titled Pratt House. It had been erected in 2017 in Spencertown in Columbia County. The earliest marker erected with the Revolutionary War category that we have listed was erected in 1787. It is Richard Montgomery, found in New York City in New York County on July 4, 2008.

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 New York City in New York County. It is Astor Place Riot!.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The New York State county with the most historical markers listed in this database is New York County, with 1131 of them. It is followed by Erie County with 555 markers. The New York City area of New York County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 1079. In Erie County the area with the most markers, 282, is Buffalo.

Historical Markers in These
New York State Counties
1,131 • New York County
555 • Erie County
454 • Orange County
442 • Saratoga County
343 • Monroe County
326 • Niagara County
320 • Albany County
306 • Suffolk County
283 • Dutchess County
253 • Rockland County
    ... and more ...

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 1079 markers in or near it. And Buffalo also shows up again in next place, with 282 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 10004 at the top of the list with 158 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 10996 with 132 markers. (10996 is assigned to West Point NY including the United States Military Acad., and West Point Military Reserv. delivery areas.)

Historical Markers Near These
New York State Cities and Towns
1,079 • New York
282 • Buffalo
165 • Brooklyn
120 • Rochester
118 • West Point
101 • Albany
84 • Stillwater
80 • Schenectady
75 • Jamestown
67 • Ticonderoga
    ... and more ...

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 February 22, 2020, and is titled Virgil Thomson and was erected in 1995, 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 Steve Stoessel, February 23, 2020
Latest Entry from New York State
“Water Power in the City of Auburn”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Buffalo. The first: Job Hoisington Buffalo's 1812 War Hero, was added January 14, 2010. It had been erected in 2008. The last: Dedicated to the Men and Women added on February 9, 2020. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1881: This Monument Honors the Soldiers and Sailors, added on March 3, 2015.

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 1,718 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 2,084 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 Hamilton County, Lewis County and Cayagua County. We've only found, respectively, 14, 7, and 1 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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