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Marker of the WeekFirst Shipboard Landing San Bruno, California
It happened near here this week in 1911 by the same self-taught pilot who had first taken off from a Navy ship the year before. He wore a padded football helmet and a bicycle tire tube as his survival vest, landing on a temporary wooden platform. Editor Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California, filed this entry in 2009.
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More Than 113,000 Entries!
Hundreds added weekly. One of our correspondents has stood in front of each historical marker or monument, taken its picture, and entered its location and other information. An editor has reviewed and approved each entry. For the very few markers without a photograph, their location was carefully researched.
No other national historical marker list can make this claim, and a number of them borrow information from us, some without permission.
Markers Recently Added
|Today •||Fort Babcock Port Hudson, Louisiana|
|Jan 18 •||Los Altos Electric Railway Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala|
|•||Electra State Bank Electra, Texas|
|•||ca 1850 Schenectady, New York|
|•||South Shore Road Schenectady, New York|
|•||Maryland Korean War Memorial Baltimore, Maryland|
|•||Saint Mary Magdalen Parish Cemetery Children's Memorial Honesdale, Pennsylvania|
|•||War of 1812 Hughesville, Maryland|
|•||Maggie and Herod "Pap" Simpson Holliday, Texas|
|•||Chinese Heaven Dogs Hollywood, California|
|•||Veterans Memorial Elmurst, Pennsylvania|
|•||John S. Chisum Paris, Texas|
|•||Judge Wm. Henry Lightfoot House Paris, Texas|
|Jan 17 •||The Lost Battalion Wichita Falls, Texas|
|•||The Old Police Station Baltimore, Maryland|
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Most Viewed Markers This Year
|1 •||General Pasquale Paoli City of Westminster, England, United Kingdom|
|2 •||Pendleton Town Hall Explosion Pendleton, Indiana|
|3 •||First Shipboard Landing San Bruno, California|
|4 •||William ("Bill") Goyens Nacogdoches, Texas|
|5 •||Crash Site of USA AF A20G Havoc Woodruff, South Carolina|
|6 •||Captain Isaac Hall Hitching Post Medford, Massachusetts|
|7 •||Confederate Defenders of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina|
|8 •||Cherokee Chief Bowles Edom, Texas|
|9 •||Palestine School Eagle, Wisconsin|
|10 •||Battle of Rowlesburg Rowlesburg, West Virginia|
History Happened HereNational and global events all happened somewhere, and historical markers mark
Markers tell stories and point out facts. There is one at the site the northernmost battle of the U.S. Civil War and another at the southernmost point in the United States (can you guess where?). There is one next to a 17th century Japanese stone lantern symbolizing 20th century peace, and another one less than 20 miles away reminding us of the Nike missile sites that were built the same year the lantern was dedicated. They tell of battles, massacres and hangings; of humanitarians, educators, and a beloved stagecoach horse; of mountains, lakes, rivers, bridges, roads, and other natural and man-made wonders.
There are countless thousands of great stories marked by markers—and some boring ones too. Some markers simply recite facts while others are insightful, obscure, cryptic, patriotic, fascinating, sad, funny, or just downright bizarre. Many of those markers are on these pages, others are waiting for you to discover and add them to this database.
So hit the road and experience history first-hand yourself. History happened nearby.
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Keep An Eye on Those MarkersEnter your town in the Search by Place search box on the More Search Options (or use the County list) to get a list of markers near where you live and work. Keep an eye out for them when you're out on the road. You would be surprised how many disappear in the course of a year.
To report a missing marker, use the “Correct This Page” link on the marker’s page and scroll down to the “Is Marker Missing?” section. A photo of the stump, hole in the ground, or place where the marker was is necessary for proof. Also, please take a few minutes and inform your local historical society.
Recently Modified Marker Entries
|Today •||Hospital General de Occidente “San Juan de Dios” Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala|
|Jan 18 •||Durham Parish Ironsides, Maryland|
|•||Washington at Verplanck’s Point Verplanck, New York|
|•||William Barthman Jeweler New York, New York|
|•||The Retreat Port Tobacco, Maryland|
|•||Col. James Morgan Morgan's Point, Texas|
|•||Powering the Patapsco Valley's Industries Avalon, Maryland|
|•||Clovis Veterans Memorial Clovis, California|
|•||Red Hill Brookneal, Virginia|
|•||"Light Horse Harry" Lee Leesylvania State Park, Virginia|
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