11 April 2008 by Published in: General News 7 comments

Major, major hat tip to Harry Smeltzer for bringing this to my attention.

In a comment to yesterday’s post, Harry made me aware of a very useful resource, the Historical Marker Database, of which I was not previously aware.

It is a veritable fountain of useful information, including photos of the markers and directions to them, as well as the text on each marker, for each one in the database. It is an incredibly useful tool and one that I will inevitably make extensive use of over the years.

Craig Swain mentioned in another comment that he is a regular contributor to the database–thanks for your good work, Craig. Each one you add is a real addition to the body of knowledge. Keep up the good work.

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  1. Fri 11th Apr 2008 at 10:48 am

    Thanks again for the kind words. For the last few months, I’ve been working through the Antietam battlefield markers, monuments, etc and posting those into the database. As I said on my blog entry today, it’s a labor of love…

  2. Fri 11th Apr 2008 at 11:02 am

    Craig’s blog:


  3. Scott Smart
    Fri 11th Apr 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Are these marker databases available as a Google Earth layer? I have one for the markers on the National Road and it is a very effective use of the GE technology.

  4. Fri 11th Apr 2008 at 6:30 pm


    I honestly have no idea.


  5. Sat 12th Apr 2008 at 12:38 am

    Great work, Craig, and I’ll link your blog onto mine as well.

  6. Sun 13th Apr 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Scott, I’d have to refer that question to the HMDB web developer/owner. In the past I know he’s worked some projects to make the content presentable as a raw GPX file.

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