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Marker Series

Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sharon Pairman, September 5, 2011
1. Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker
Included in the American Quarter Horse series.

● Animals
 American Quarter Horse Markers
Historical markers which celebrate the American Quarter Horse, from the establishment of the breed in 1600 through the 20th century, highlighting their varied employment in racing, ranch work, rodeo, recreational riding, and other purposes.

Believe It or Not
Some markers tell fantastical or incredulous stories which get even more surprising and outrageous when you do some research.

● Canals
 Chenango Canal
A series of markers highlighting the route of this New York State canal.
 Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
Markers associated with the canal from Washington, DC, to Cumberland, Maryland, now a national park.
 Erie Canal
Markers related to the Erie Canal extending from the Hudson River to Lake Erie.
Keene's Mill Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 12, 2006
2. Keene's Mill Marker
Included in the Fairfax County History Commission series.
 Ohio and Erie Canal
Completed in 1833 and linking Lake Erie with the Ohio River, it spurred economic development along its route until the late 1800s.
 Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal
Built between 1835 and 1839, the 45-mile long Susquehanna (PA) and Tidewater (MD) Canal ran from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania to Havre de Grace, Maryland.
 The Miami & Erie Canal
Built between 1825 and 1845 the 249 mile long Miami and Erie Canal connected Cincinnati, Ohio to Toledo, Ohio.
 Union Canal
A Pennsylvania canal running from the Schuylkill River at Reading to the Susquehanna River at Middletown.
 Wabash & Erie Canal
Measuring 468 miles long, the Wabash & Erie Canal was the longest artificial water way in the United States.

● Civil Rights
 Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail
This set of markers, placed by Virginia’s Retreat, highlights the evolution of Civil Rights in Southside Virginia in the years from the Civil War into the 20th Century.
National Pony Express Monument and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
3. National Pony Express Monument and Marker
Included in the Pony Express National Historic Trail series.
 Mississippi Freedom Trail
Trail commemorates the heroes and events of Mississippi’s pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement.

● Civil War
 A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri
Markers erected by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to commemorate the Civil War in Missouri.
 Antietam Campaign War Department Markers
238 historical tablets were erected between 1890 and 1906 to describe the Antietam Campaign.
 Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Scores of markers placed by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission to commemorate the state's rich Civil War history.
 Battlefield Markers Association
Markers erected in the 1920s and 30s by the association, also called the "Western Division" to seperate from the Freeman Markers.
 Battlefield Trails - Civil War
Links to "trail heads" for battlefield tours. Each uses the related markers section to provide a virtual tour of a battlefield or portion of a battlefield. Please use the Click to map all markers shown on this page option on each related markers page to see a map of each "trail."
Full view of Martian Landing Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
Correct or Update     By Rc, October 3, 2007
4. Martian Landing Site Marker
Included in the Believe it or Not series.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Bragg Reservation
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated in, or very near, the Bragg Reservation.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Cravens House Reservation
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated in, or very near, the Cravens House Reservation.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Delong Reservation
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated in, or very near, the Delong Reservation.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Iowa Reservation
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated in, or very near, the Iowa Reservation.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Lookout Mountain
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated on, or very near, Lookout Mountain.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Missionary Ridge
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated on, or very near, the Missionary Ridge Battlefield (excluding those markers, monuments, and tablets found in the NMP Reservations).
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Ohio Reservation
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated in, or very near, the Ohio Reservation.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Orchard Knob Reservation
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated in, or very near, the Orchard Knob Reservation.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Point Park
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated in, or very near, the Point Park.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Seventy-Third Pennsylvania Reservation
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated in, or very near, the Seventy-Third Pennsylvania Reservation.
Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, April 16, 2008
5. Lincoln Under Fire at Fort Stevens Marker
Included in the Defenses of Washington series.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Sherman Reservation
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated in, or very near, the Sherman Reservation.
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Turchin Reservation
Markers, monuments, and tablets that are included in the National Park Service’s “List of Classified Structures,” that are situated in, or very near, the Turchin Reservation.
 Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
A series of markers which follow the Chickamauga Campaign.
 Civil War to Civil Rights
A set of walking tours through the nation's capital featuring Civil War and Civil Rights related sites.
 D.S. Freeman (Richmond Battlefields)
A set of markers placed by the Battlefield Markers Association starting in the 1920s. Historian Douglas Southall Freeman wrote the inscriptions, hence they are commonly referred to as "Freeman Markers".
 Defenses of Washington
Collection of markers detailing the wartime fortifications around Washington, D.C.
 Georgia Civil War Trails
 Gettysburg Campaign
Series of Pennsylvania markers describing events leading up to and following the Battle of Gettysburg.
 John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Indiana
This series includes 27 John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail markers detailing the July 1863 Raid ("The Great Raid") of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan through southeastern Indiana.
 John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Kentucky
Arthur Prysock Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 14, 2011
7. Arthur Prysock Marker
Included in the Spartanburg Music Trail series.
 John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio
The 557-mile long John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio presents historical information and stories about Morgan’s Civil War Indiana-Ohio Raid.
 John Hunt Morgan''s Raid - Jefferson County, Ohio
In 1913, the citizens of Jefferson County erected 14 bronze tablets to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan''s passage through that eastern-Ohio county on the last two days of his ill-fated Indiana-Ohio cavalry raid. Of the fourteen markers, one tablet was stolen in 2008 (#6) and another (#13) has been missing -- concrete base included -- for decades.
 Kansas, Baxter Springs Civil War Tour
City markers highlighting Civil War events in Baxter Springs.
 Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops
Abraham Lincoln traveled 1,904 miles by train from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington, D.C. for his inaugural, typically giving speeches from the rear platform at stops.
 Maryland Civil War Trails
 Missouri, Battle of Springfield
Twelve markers in Springfield highlighting events occurring during the 1863 Battle of Springfield.
 Missouri’s Civil War
Marker series published by Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation, Inc., highlighting activities across the state. Not to be confused with the series published by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
 North Carolina Civil War Trails
 Pennsylvania Civil War Trails
 Shermans March to the Sea
Markers tracing the "March to the Sea" from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia.
 Tennessee Civil War Trails
 Virginia Civil War Trails
Escalante Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2013
8. Escalante Trail Marker
Included in the Dominguez and Escalante Expedition series.
 West Virginia Civil War Trails

● Education
 4-H Youth Program
Markers relating to efforts across rural America to provide youth with informal education to supplement school classroom training which ultimately resulted in the 4-H program which offered a four-square education centered around "Hearts, Hands, Heads and Health." While initially rural in focus, 4-H reaches youth in many urban areas across the country.
 Carnegie Libraries
Public libraries built with money donated by American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
 Rosenwald Schools
Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears Roebuck established a foundation that funded 4,977 schools for African American's throughout the south from 1912 to 1932.
 University of Wisconsin

● Environment and Conservation
 Civilian Conservation Corps
Markers relating to the Great Depression-era New Deal federal work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried young men from relief families.
 National Natural Landmarks
Department of the Interior markers at sites possessing exceptional value illustrating the nation’s natural heritage and contributing to a better understanding of man’s environment.

● Frontier Forts
 Virginia, Clinch River Forts Circa 1774
Palisaded forts, some built on Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore’s order, for settler protection during “Lord Dunmore’s War” with the Cherokees.

George Washington Slept Here
He slept in a lot of places.

● Heritage
 Arkansas Centennial Commission
143 cast-iron markers placed across Arkansas in partnership with the Arkansas History Commission during the state's 1936 centennial commemorating significant people, places, and events during Arkansas's first 100 years.
 Coal Creek Watershed
 History of the Farragut Area
Historical markers highlighting the historical milestones of the Farragut and Concord areas from the earliest American Indian inhabitants to the founding of the Town of Farragut, Tennessee.
 Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers
This series holds the Massachusetts Bay Colony markers erected in 1930, the 300th anniversary of the colony.
 Michigan Walk of Fame
This is a series of markers embedded in the sidewalks of downtown Lansing, Michigan, commemorating notable Michiganians.
 MotorCities National Heritage Area
The MotorCities National Heritage Area, designated by Congress in 1998, celebrates the auto industry and its impact on the Detroit area, southeastern Michigan, and communities as far away as Saginaw, Flint, Lansing, and Kalamazoo.
 New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail
A series of markers highlighting accomplishments of New Jersey women.
 Original Federal Boundary Stones
The original Federal boundary stones set in 1791-1792 that delimited the 100 square miles of the District of Columbia.
 Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments
In 1935/1936 the State of Texas Legislature created a commission to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Texas independence from Mexico. Part of this consisted of placing about 1,100 statues, and granite and bronze markers and monuments around Texas. See more at the Texas Historical Commission website 1936 Texas Centennial Markers.
 Tobyhanna Township, Pennsylvania History Tour
Located on top of the Pocono Mountain Plateau, the community shares a remarkable history of its people and resources. This series of historical roadside markers has been donated by community organizations and individuals that are proud of their heritage. When completed in the spring of 2017, a driving tour map will be available to enjoy the significant historical details of Tobyhanna Township

Historic New York
One hundred thirty-nine large format Historical Area Markers were erected statewide during the 1960s. Some are duplicates placed in different areas. Some carry variations of text found on other markers within the same region. The area markers usually do not commemorate specific individuals or events, since these are already memorialized by smaller State Historical Markers.

● Historical Society Collections
 Beaver County (PA) Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation
As the official Beaver County historical society, the Foundation is responsible to identify and mark up to four county historical sites each year. Markers represent historical sites and events that are over 100 years old and are significant to the history of Beaver County.
 Chicago Landmarks
Scores of markers sponsored by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, whose members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Established in 1968 by City Ordinance, the Commission is responsible for recommending individual buildings, sites, objects, or entire districts be designated as Chicago Landmarks, thereby providing legal protection.
 Daughters of the American Revolution
Markers erected by all chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
 Daughters of Utah Pioneers
Markers reflecting primarily Mormon history.
 Donner Summit Historical Society
 E Clampus Vitus
Preserving Western Heritage
 Florida, Sanford Historic Preservation Board
 Florida, West Volusia Historical Society
 Georgia Historical Society/Commission
 History Colorado
Markers of the Colorado state historical markers program administered by History Colorado, a self-described 21st century historical society, charitable organization, and state agency under the Department of Higher Education.
 Idaho State Historical Society
Markers of the Idaho Highway Historical Marker Program administered by the Idaho State Historical Society in cooperation with the Idaho Transportation Department.
 Illinois State Historical Society
Markers of the Illinois state historical markers program administered by the Illinois State Historical Society.
 Indiana Cemetery Heritage
Historic cemeteries designated by the Indiana Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry.
 Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers
 Iowa, State Historical Society of
Markers of the Iowa state historical markers program administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa.
 Kansas Historical Society
Markers of the Kansas state historical markers program administered by the Kansas Historical Society and Kansas Department of Transportation.
 Kentucky Historical Society
Markers of the Kentucky state historical markers program administered by the Kentucky Historical Society.
 Looking for Lincoln
A series of over 200 markers in Illinois highlight incidents in Lincoln's life.
 Maryland, Washington County Historical Advisory Committee
 Michigan Centennial Businesses
Markers sponsored by the Historical Society of Michigan that celebrate businesses that have contributed to the economic vitality of the state for at least 100 years.
 Michigan Historical Commission
Markers of the Michigan state historical markers program administered by the Michigan Historical Commission and its predecessors.
 Michigan, Little Traverse Historical Society
Markers highlighting the architectural history of Petoskey, Michigan.
 Minnesota Historical Society
Markers erected by the Minnesota Historical Society to highlight the history of the Gopher State.
 Mississippi State Historical Marker Program
Markers of the Mississippi state historical marker program administered by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. It includes state markers installed by previous state departments and agencies. This series does not include markers of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, Mississippi Blues Trail, Mississippi Country Music Trail, and Mississippi Mound Trail, which have their own series categories.
 Missouri, Clay County Historic Landmarks
Markers placed by the Clay County (MO) Historical Society to recognize county landmarks.
 Missouri, Historical Markers of Springfield & Greene County
Series of 21 markers placed by the University Club in the 1920s and 1930s.
 Missouri, Kansas City, The Chouteau Society
Eleven markers placed by The Chouteau Society between 1984 and 2008 to memorialize the rich French heritage of the area. The markers are now maintained by the Jackson County (MO) Historical Society.
 Missouri, Pleasant Hill Downtown Association
Markers placed by the Pleasant Hill Downtown Association highlighting building histories, many being listed in the National Register’s Pleasant Hill Downtown Historic District.
 Missouri, State Historical Society of
Markers of the State Historical Society of Missouri installed in every county by the State Historical Society and State Highway Commission from 1951 to 1961. Also includes markers installed in 1958 along the route of the Butterfield Overland Mail in Missouri.
 National Society of Colonial Dames of America
Markers placed or sponsored by any Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. The NSCDA promotes appreciation for the people, places and events that led to the formation and development of our country.
 Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City
More than 100 historic markers that signify events and locations highlighting the political, military, social, and economic history of greater Kansas City.
 Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West
The NSGW was formed by Albert Maver Winn in 1875 to preserve the California historic buildings and sites of the Gold Rush and prior. The only requirement to be a member is to have been born in California. The sister organization, NDGW, followed soon thereafter.
 Nebraska State Historical Society
Markers of the Nebraska state historical markers program administered by the Nebraska State Historical Society.
 New Jersey, Bergen County Historical Society
Designating county historic sites with blue and silver markers since 1960.
 New Jersey, Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission
 New Jersey, Morris County Heritage Commission
Marking significant historic sites throughout the county since 1975.
 New Jersey, Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
 New York, Historical Society of Rockland County
Rich historical heritage of Rockland County, NY.
 Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection
Markers of the Ohio Historical Markers Program administered by the Ohio Historical Society, now called The Ohio History Connection, and formerly known as the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society.
 Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission
In 1930 the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission designated the location of a number of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 markers along the roadways that existed from near Toledo to Cincinnati as parts of the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Trail network.
 Ohio, Delaware County Historical Society
Markers erected by the Delaware County Historical Society.
 Oklahoma Historical Society
Markers administered by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
 Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project
A visually interactive experience comparing the “then and now” appearance of Harrisburg using old photographs taken, in most instances, from the marker's current location.
 Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans
Markers erected by or related to the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), or their predecessor organization, the United Confederate Veterans (UCV).
 Sons of the American Revolution
Markers erected by all chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution.
 Sons of Utah Pioneers
Markers reflecting primarily Mormon history.
 South Carolina, Abbeville County Historical Society/Commission
 South Carolina, Aiken County Historical Commission
 South Carolina, Aiken County Historical Society
 South Carolina, Anderson County Historical Association/Society
The first historical preservation organization in Anderson County, South Carolina.
 South Carolina, Beaufort County Historical Society
 South Carolina, Calhoun County Historical Commission/Society
 South Carolina, Charleston County, St. James- Santee Parish Historical Society
 South Carolina, Cherokee County Historical and Preservation Society
 South Carolina, Chester County Historical Commission
 South Carolina, Chesterfield County Historical and Preservation Societies
 South Carolina, Colleton County Historical Society
 South Carolina, Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission
 South Carolina, Greenwood County Historical Society
 South Carolina, Laurens County Historical Society
 South Carolina, McCormick County Historical Commission
 South Carolina, McCormick County Historical Society
 South Carolina, Preservation Society of Charleston
 South Carolina, Saluda County Historical Commission
 South Carolina, Saluda County Historical Society
 South Carolina, Union County Historical Society
 South Carolina, Williamsburg County Historical Society
 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Three Rivers Historical Society
 South Carolina, York County Historical Commission
 South Dakota State Historical Society
Begun in 1950 when the SDSHS was not an official part of state government, early markers were funded by society members often in cooperation with interested groups, the SD DOT through its Publicity Division (forerunner of the Department of Tourism), and many local historical societies and civic groups who raised money to purchase markers for their communities. The marker program, now numbering in the hundreds, continues to be primarily funded through private donations with very limited state funding.
 United Daughters of the Confederacy
Markers erected by or related to the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).
 United States Daughters of 1812
Marker placed, donated or sponsored by the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. The N.S.U.S.D. of 1812 was founded in 1895 and has 41 active Chapters.
 Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association
Organized in 1937, the association erected more than a hundred historic monuments and markers from Nauvoo, IL to Utah and throughout the West.
 Virginia, Fairfax County History Commission
 Virginia, Prince William County Historical Commission
 Wisconsin Historical Society
Markers of the Wisconsin Historical Markers Program administered by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
 Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society
 Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission

● Industry
 "Safety Follows Wisdom" Portland Cement Association Safety Trophies
Cement “Safety Follows Wisdom” monuments, first presented in 1924, for perfect safety records at cement plants. The winning design came from an Art Institute of Chicago team directed by sculptor Albin Polasek.
 Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks
More than 200 markers sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineer recognizing historically significant local, national, and international civil engineering projects, structures, and sites.

● Israel
 Caesarea Philippi Tour
This is the tour route of the historic markers at Caesarea Philippi, at the site of the Grotto of Pan.
 City of David Tour
This is the tour route of the historic archaeological sites in Jerusalem’s City of David.
 Tel Megiddo
This is the tour route of the historic archaeological sites at Tel Megiddo.
 The Tiberias Archeological Park
This is the tour route of the historic archaeological sites at the Tiberias Archeological Park.

Liberty Bell Replica
In 1955, fifty five replicas of the Liberty Bell were cast and one was given to each State and Territory. Most are displayed on the State Capitol grounds. This series includes other Liberty Bell replicas.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Markers related to the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

● Music
 Mississippi Blues Trail
The Mississippi Blues Trail was created by the Mississippi Blues Commission in 2006 to place interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the birth, growth and influence of the blues throughout (and in some cases beyond) the state of Mississippi.
There are over 190 Mississippi Blues Trail markers already placed.
 Mississippi Country Music Trail
The Country Music Trail in Mississippi describes the giants of country music & the places that cradled their creativity.
 The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Old time mountain music, bluegrass, and gospel is from Appalachia, and in Virginia these roads on this trail are dotted with historic and contemporary music venues, musicians and fretted instrument makers. Historically isolated, the region retained its strong musical legacy by passing traditions down through musical families to an appreciative community. Many of these markers broadcast a short audio program to your car’s FM radio.

National Historic Landmarks
"Nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction."

Postal Mail and Philately
Postal history, stamps, air mail, but not the Pony Express, which has its own series under Roads and Trails.

● Railroads
 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Initially chartered through the Kansas Territorial Legislature in 1859, the Civil War delayed initial construction until 1868. Spanning the plains, the railroad ultimately stretched to California, and played an important role in the growth of the American southwest. The Santa Fe merged with Burlington Northern in 1995.
 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O)
The first railroad in the Americas and for a time the world's longest railroad.
 Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railway
Markers related to the railroad simply known as the "Rock Island Lines" which crisscrossed the Great Plains until its liquidation in 1980.
 Erie & Kalamazoo Railroad
The first railroad to operate west of the Allegheny Mountains was Toledo's colorful "Erie and Kalamazoo."
 Katy Trail State Park
Markers associated with the 240-mile long linear state park that runs between St. Charles and Clinton, Missouri, along the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas ("Katy") Railroad trackbed. It is the longest rail-trail in the US.
 Manassas Gap Railroad
This Civil War era railroad in Virginia is now a 60 mile Norfolk Southern line that runs from the Lower (Northern) Shenandoah Valley to Manassas.
 Merci Train Boxcars
Markers associated with the 1949 Merci Train, AKA the French Gratitude Train or the Forty and Eight, that was filled with French "gifts of gratitude" to the American people for their support during two world wars. One car went to each of the 48 states, with the remaining car shared by the District of Columbia and Hawaii.
 Orange and Alexandria Railroad
Now part of Norfolk Southern, this rail line connected Alexandria, Virginia with central Virginia and played an important role in the Civil War.
 Pennsylvania Railroad
Markers related to America's largest railroad by traffic/revenue throughout the twentieth century and at one time the world's largest publicly-traded corporation.
 Southern Pacific Railroad
 Transcontinental Railroad
 Washington and Old Dominion Railroad
Today a 45-mile Rails to Trails path from Alexandria to Purcellville in Virginia.

● Religion
 Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher
Francis Asbury (1745-1816) was one of the first two bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. Beginning in 1771 he devoted his life to ministry, traveling on horseback and by carriage thousands of miles to those living on the frontier.

● Roads and Trails
 20-Mile Museum - Hwy 40 Scenic Bypass
The 20 mile museum consists of thirty-two interpretive signs placed along Old Highway 40 from the Eagle Lakes exit to over the Summit below Rainbow Bridge.
 Antonio de Espejo Entrada of 1582-1583
Antonio de Espejo was a Spanish explorer who led an expedition into New Mexico, Arizona and Texas in 1582-1583. The expedition created interest in establishing a Spanish colony among the Pueblo Indians of the Rio Grande valley. The journals from this trip, especially those of Diego Pérez de Luxan, provide early first hand accounts of the region and Native Americans living there.
 Applegate Trail
The "Southern Route" to Oregon, the Applegate Trail left the Oregon Trail at Fort Hall, passed through northern Nevada and California before heading north to the Willamette Valley.
 Braddock’s Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock
The British General had to cut a road through the Appalachian Mountains to get to the French and Indians. The road was a triumph, but his military campaign was not.
 Butterfield Overland Mail
The Butterfield (or Southern) Overland Mail was a mail and passenger stage service from St. Louis, Missouri, and Memphis, Tennessee, to San Francisco, California. It operated from September, 1858 to March, 1861 and is considered the nation’s first transcontinental mail service. This series includes markers about the Butterfield Overland Mail that generally follow the route of the stage line.
 California Trail
This Trail carried people to California following the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill. Westward to western Wyoming it shares much of its route with the Pony Express Trail, the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Union Pacific route of the Transcontinental Railroad.
 Comanche Trail into Mexico
While there were actually many trails utilized by Comanches in Texas, “The Comanche Trail” typically refers to that system of trails used by Comanches travelling south through Texas on raids into Mexico. This trail is sometimes called the “Comanche War Trail” or “Comanche Trace”. Pekka Hämäläinen in his book The Comanche Empire says raids on the trail grew into a “veritable industry” generating a “massive northward flow of property from Mexico into Comancheria and its trade channels” to the north. The full extent of the trail stretched nearly 1,000 miles from Comancheria in the north, deep into Mexico. The Comanche Trail was in use for about a century, starting in the late 1700s.
 Dominguez y Escalante Expedition
Markers commemorating the 1,800 mile expedition by Fathers Dominguez and Escalante from Santa Fe into Utah in 1776.
 El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
National Park Service designated El Camino Real de los Tejas a National Historic Trail in 2004. During the Spanish colonial period in America royal roads tied far-flung regions with Mexico City. One of these, El Camino Real de los Tejas, was overland route from what is now Mexico, across the Río Grande through Texas, to the Red River Valley in what is now Louisiana. Routes used by Spanish explorers followed established Indian trails and trade routes dating to prehistoric times.
 El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Spanish for "The Royal Road of the Interior Land") was a 1,600 mile (2560 kilometer) long trade route between Mexico City and San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, from 1598 to 1882. The 404 mile (646 kilometer) section of the route within the United States was proclaimed as a National Historic Trail on October 13, 2000.
 Forbes Road
Markers and plaques recording the 1758 British expedition through Pennsylvania to Fort Duquesne during the French and Indian War. Named for expedition commander General John Forbes.
 Francis Marion trail
The Francis Marion Trail Commission (FMTC) was created by Act 159 of the South Carolina Legislature in 2005. The FMTC is charged with planning and implementing a heritage tourism trail centering on the life and campaigns of General Francis Marion. Its mission is to reveal, preserve, develop, and promote in a sustainable way the authentic sites where Francis Marion lived and fought during the Revolutionary War.
 Great Indian Warrior / Trading Path
A series sponsored by National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, marking Native American and Colonial era paths through the back country.
 Great Platte River Road
Markers highlighting the trading and immigrant routes that followed the Platte River, a main portion of the Oregon, California, and Mormon trails going west across the central Great Plains between 1841 and 1866.
 Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
A driving trail highlighting stops along the underground railroad.
 Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
Congress established the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail in 1990. The trail commemorates Anza's legacy of establishing the first Spanish overland expedition to settle California.
 Juan Caspar de Portolá Expedition
The Portolá expedition, consisting of 64 persons, set out from San Diego on July 14, 1769 in search of Monterey Bay.
 Lewis & Clark Expedition
Sent by Jefferson to explore the far west, the Corps of Discovery left Pittsburgh May 14, 1804 and reached the mouth of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest on November 15, 1805.
 Lincoln Highway
Once the Nation's premier highway, it helped spur the development of enduring highways around the country.
 Louisiana Ancient Mounds Trail
The State of Louisiana has placed markers at 39 Indian mound sites in northeast Louisiana that form the mound trail.
 Madonnas of the Trail
Honoring "pioneer mothers of the covered wagon days," these twelve impressive and identical Daughters of the American Revolution monuments trace the westward movement of the nation. Found one per state from Maryland to California, the monuments are all along or near U.S. Route 40, sometimes called the Old Trails Road, which had its early 1800s inspiration as the National Road from Maryland to Illinois.
 Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail
 Mississippi Mound Trail
The Mississippi Mound Trail project is a self-guided driving tour located along or near Highway 61 in the Mississippi Delta. The trail route parallels the Mississippi River. The Mississippi Mound Trail has 33 historical markers.
 Mojave Road (Old Government Road)
The historic trail stretching 138 miles across the Mojave Desert. It was used by Native Americans, the Juan Baustista de Anza Expedition of 1776, pioneers, US Army and gold seekers.
 Mormon Pioneer Trail
As many as 80,000 people migrated to Utah via the Mormon Pioneer Trail from 1847 until the Transcontinental Railroad was completed. It shares much of its route with the Pony Express Trail, the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Union Pacific portion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
 Natchez Trace
The Natchez Trace was a historical path that extended nearly 500 miles from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee and was used as a main route of travel from pre-colonial times to the early 1800s. This series includes markers about the Natchez Trace and markers located along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
 Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail was the only practical corridor to reach the entire western United States from 1836 – 1869. Over half a million people went west during the Oregon Trail’s “glory years.”
 Overland Trail
Established by Ben Holliday in 1862 from the remnants of the Overland Stage, this was the principal route for mail and passengers between northeastern Colorado and southwestern Wyoming in the 1860s.
 Pony Express National Historic Trail
These are markers about the Pony Express found along the trail that ran from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri.
 San Antonio-El Paso Road
Historical markers along the San Antonio-El Paso Road (AKA Lower Emigrant Road; Military Road; Government Road).
 Santa Fe Trail
This is an important trade route from New Franklin Mo (and parts west as the railroad moved west) to Santa Fe, Nm. The trail was in use from 1822 until the late 1880's.
 The Historic National Road
“The Road that Built the Nation.” The first (1811) federally funded road in the U.S. ran from Baltimore, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois.
 Trail of Tears
The Indian Removal Act of 1830 opened a dark chapter in American history. Thousands of Native-Americans died during their forced removal from their eastern homelands to the Oklahoma Territory, along what is now called the Trail of Tears.
 U.S. Route 66
 William Bartram Trails
William Bartram traveled the Southeast United States from 1773 through 1777. He published observations of plants, animals, geography and people in 1791. Bartram's Travels remains in print to the present.
 Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails
Centuries of exploration, travel, commerce, and recreation on the Great Lakes have left an impressive trail of maritime cultural resources along Wisconsin's Great Lakes shorelines and bottomlands.

Signers of the Declaration of Independence
Markers related to signers of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Spirit of the American Doughboy - E. M. Viquesney

Statue of Liberty Replicas
Replicas of the Statue of Liberty. More than two hundred were erected in 39 states by the Boy Scouts and civic groups during the 1950s. This series also includes other replicas erected at other times.

Stephen Tyng Mather
The first National Park Service Director. Identical markers found in many National Parks.

The Spirit of 76, America's Bicentennial Celebration
During the time America was celebrating its Bicentennial (1776-1976), historic markers were erected to commemorate different events or projects. This Marker Series is for those historic markers that have the Bicentennial logo, were inspired by, have reference to it in someway within its context or was placed by a Bicentennial committee, commission etc.

● UNESCO World Heritage Sites
 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

● Walking and Driving Tours
 Arizona, Historic Florence Walking Tour
A 1 ½ mile self-guided tour through the Florence Townsite Historic District. You can pickup a brochure at the Florence Visitor's Center, 291 N. Bailey St.
 Arizona, Pistols, Plows and Petticoats Historic Driving Tour
A guide to Round Valley's Historic Sites. 28 native sandstone markers are placed along this "valley loop" around Springerville and Eagar, Arizona.
 Arizona, The Presidio Trail
A 2 ½ mile loop trail through downtown Tucson, highlighting historic sites. Nicknamed the Turquoise Trail for the turquoise stripe along the sidewalk.
 Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a national parkway, a scenic roadway and protected corridor of surrounding parkland, managed by the National Park Service. The limited-access road travels 469 miles through 29 counties in North Carolina and Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
 Circuit du Vieux Bayeux
Two dozen markers guide you on a 2.6 kilometer tour through the historic city of Bayeux, France. Bayeux, la Qualité a ses Racines (Bayeux, Quality has its Roots).
 Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail
 Fort Hancock Walking Tour
A series of 39 markers on Sandy Hook follows a trail through Fort Hancock which guarded New York Bay from 1895 to 1974.
 Gaslamp Quarter - San Diego
Markers have been placed on over 90 historic buildings in the Historic Gaslamp District of Downtown San Diego.
 Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway
Great Lakes Seaway Trail, Inc. markers along 500 miles of the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie, from Massena NY to the PA-OH border.
 Hemingway''s Michigan
Markers placed by the Michigan Hemingway Society for visitors to "gain further historic and contemporary insights into this place that was Hemingway''''''''s northern home and the writing it inspired."
 Kanab, Utah "Walk of Fame"
Actors who have made western movies or television series episodes in and around Kanab, Utah, also known as "Little Hollywood," and are recognized by markers.
 Kansas, Alma, City of Native Stone
A series of markers giving the history of native limestone-constructed buildings in and around Alma, Kansas, which is on the Native Stone Scenic Byway.
 Kansas, Dodge City Trail of Fame
Several dozen bronze medallions inlaid into sidewalks throughout the downtown historic district depicting well-known figures of the American West and those who have honored the tradition through film and television.
 Kansas, Osawatomie Driving Tour
Ten markers highlighting Osawatomie’s rich local history.
 Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Markers along 8th Street at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, IL.
 Louisiana, Marksville Historical Markers Driving Tour
Series of over 100 markers of historic homes, buildings and sites in celebration of Marksville''s Bicentennial in 2009. Markers placed by either the City of Marksville, Hypolite Bordelon Home Society, Marksville Chamber of Commerce or the State of Louisiana. Mostly a driving tour.
 Maine, Portland Freedom Trail
Commemorating people associated with the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement in Portland.
 Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers
Silver colored historical markers, erected on public landmarks in Baltimore by the city governement, in cooperation with various local organizations.
 Maryland, Bolton Hill Historic District
A series of blue enamel historical markers in the Bolton Hill Neighborhood of Baltimore, illustrating the lives of historic residents of the neighborhood. As of April, 2008, the list is complete.
 Maryland, Chesapeake City Historic District
 Maryland, Fort McHenry
 Maryland, Gwynns Falls Trail
 Maryland, Lost Rockville – 1801 to 1850
The "Lost Rockville" historical series was created to celebrate the City's 200th anniversary in 2001.
 Maryland, Rockville's African American Heritage Walking Tour
 Maryland, Saint Mary's City
 Minnesota, Little Falls Heritage Preservation Walking/Driving Tour
Little Falls Heritage Preservation Commission markers on historic buildings in the downtown National Register Commercial Historic District and other notable landmark buildings throughout Little Falls.
 Natchez Trails
In Natchez Mississippi, these 5 self guided walking trails take you through historic downtown Natchez Mississippi. Named the Nature Trails, South Trails, North Trails, Bluff Trails and St. Catherine Street Trails all with color coded sidewalk discs to guide you through the trails and markers along the way.
 Ohio, Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
A series of world-class murals by Robert Dafford that adorn more than one-half mile of floodwall protecting downtown Portsmouth from the Ohio River.
 Packers Heritage Trail: From Lambeau to Lombardi
Markers detailing the history of the Green Bay Packers football team and the town that has supported the team since its founding. Focus is on the 50 year era from Curly Lambeau to Vince Lombardi, 1919-1968.
 Pennsylvania, Battle of Hanover Walking Tour
Eighteen wayside exhibits depicting points of interest and events during the Battle of Hanover, the first Civil War battle on Pennsylvania soil.
 Points of Light Volunteer Pathway
A one-mile walkway in Washington, D.C., honoring actions and commitments to service that have transformed our nation and the world. It will eventually honor seventy trailblazers whose actions turned into powerful movements that shaped history and continue to influence the world.
 San Pablo Avenue Historical-Cultural Pavers
Three miles of history through El Cerrito, CA.
 Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Tour
Walking tour near the Lutheran Seminary covering the first day’s battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
 South Carolina Heritage Corridor
Designated by Congress in 1996 as a National Heritage Area, the Heritage Corridor runs from the foothills of Oconee County in the northwestern corner of the state, along the Savannah River, through the Edisto River Basin, to the port city of Charleston.
 South Carolina, Abbeville Historical Sites Tour
A walking/driving tour that covers forty historic sites in and around Abbeville's Court Square.
 South Carolina, Spartanburg Music Trail
A walking trail through Spartanburg's historic and restored downtown, showcasing the musicians who were born in or lived in Spartanburg, S.C.
 Sutter Creek Gold Mine Trail
A 15 mile tour highlighting the Gold Rush era mines in and near Sutter Creek. Markers are placed from 1/4 to 1/2 mile apart. Please do not trespass on private property.
 Union City Heritage Water Trail
The Union City Historic Water Trail launched on July 3rd, 2016 as part of the Village’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. Twenty eight sites commemorate the Village’s rich river history on a 5 mile stretch of the Coldwater River. This is a boating tour, as many sites are on private property.
 Utah, Salt Lake City Downtown Walking Tour
Utah Heritage Foundation tour to 58 historic buildings in downtown Salt Lake City.
 Virginia, City of Falls Church
 Virginia, Historic Occoquan
Each of the markers features a location or person important to Occoquan’s history. They are all within easy walking distance of each other.
 Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail
Forty sites along the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail provide a "story-telling stage" for intepreting Norfolk's rich and multi-faceted history.
 Virginia, Old Town Alexandria
Alexandria does publish a brochure describing a self-guided walking tour. Most of the sites listed are listed in that brochure.
 Virginia, Wartime Manassas Walking Tour
Also nearby is a Driving Tour. Start at the Manassas Museum.
 Walnut Creek Heritage Walk
A look into Walnut Creek’s past, a past of which little remains.
 Washington DC, Logan Circle Heritage Trail
Fifteen marker walking trail highlighting history in the vicinity of Washington DC’s Logan Circle.
 Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail
A set of more than 100 sites celebrating African American history in Washington, D.C.

● War of 1812
 Battlefield Trails - War of 1812
Links to "trail heads" for battlefield tours. Each uses the related markers section to provide a virtual tour of a battlefield or portion of a battlefield. Please use the Click to map all markers shown on this page option on each related markers page to see a map of each "trail."
 Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Markers related to the War of 1812 in the area of the Chesapeake Bay produced by the National Parks Service.

● War, Cold
 B-52 Bomber Crash in Maryland
The B-52 Strato-Fortress was on a routine mission carrying two 24-megaton nuclear bombs. This was the height of the Cold War and 12 atomic-bomb laden aircraft such as this were airborne at all times.

● War, Mexican American
 Mormon Battalion
Marker series co-sponsored by the Latter Day Saints highlighting the exploits of the Mormon Battalion during the Mexican American War.

● War, Spanish-American
 U.S.S. Maine Memorial Plaques
About 1,000 markers were made from pieces recovered from the U.S.S. Maine and distributed throughout the country.

● War, US Indian
 Black Hawk War
A series of markers documenting the Black Hawk War.
 Indian Wars Battlefield Trails
 Potawatomi Trail of Death
In 1838 over 850 Potawatomi Indians were forced by gunpoint off their homeland in Indiana and ‘marched’ approximately 660 miles to the State of Kansas for relocation — causing approximately 42 deaths along the way.

● War, US Revolutionary
 Battlefield Trails - Revolutionary War
Links to "trail heads" for battlefield tours. Each uses the related markers section to provide a virtual tour of a battlefield or portion of a battlefield. Please use the Click to map all markers shown on this page option on each related markers page to see a map of each "trail."
 General Henry Knox Trail
56 monument sites, for the 56 day long journey, both in New York and Massachusetts, There were thirty monuments erected within New York State to mark the trail circa 1927.
 General Herkimer''s 40 Mile March
Each historical monument is part of a series of 14 historical monuments that mark the 40 mile route taken by Gen. Herkimer Aug. 3-6, 1777 for the relief of Fort Stanwix, that results in the Battle of Oriskany.
 The Sullivan-Clinton Expedition Against the Iroquois Indians
 The Washington-Rochambeau Route
In 1781 the two Generals met in White Plains, New York, crossed the Hudson River and marched 450 miles south to Yorktown in Virginia where their and Lafayette’s armies defeated the British, ending the war.

● War, Valor
 Buffalo Soldiers
Four all-black regiments of the US Army created in 1866 who fought in Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Mexican Border War.
 Medal of Honor Recipients
Markers associated with recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
 Military Order of the Purple Heart
Markers relating to the Military Order of the Purple Heart for combat wounded members of the United States armed forces.
 The Four Chaplains
Markers honoring the four US Army chaplains who gave up their life jackets and their lives during the sinking of the USAT Dorchester in the north Atlantic during World War II.
 Victoria Cross Recipients
Markers associated with recipients of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for valor which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of Great Britain and the British Commonwealth.

● War, WWII
 Desert Training Center
The Desert Training Center was established by General George S. Patton Jr., to prepare American troops for battle during World War II. It covered 18,000 square miles and was the largest military training ground ever to exist. Located in the Mojave Desert it included areas from Nevada, Arizona and Southern California.
 Still On Patrol
Marker memorials honoring the 52 United States Navy submarines and their crews lost during World War II; they are "still on patrol."
 US Navy Armed Guard
US Navy sailors serving on US merchant vessels, the Armed Guard protected over 6,236 ships during World War II, with losses due to enemy action of 1,810 sailors killed, 27 taken prisoner and 19,880 surviving 710 torpedoed ships. The Armed Guard helped ensure war materiel made it to US and Allied Armed Forces, proving to be a critical factor in the winning of World War II.

Whiskey Rebellion
Opposition to a tax on whiskey in Western Pennsylvania was suppressed by President Washington in 1794,

Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects
Markers related to public works built through or associated with the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, the Great Depression-era U.S. Federal government agency which provided jobs for millions of Americans.
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