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Tehachapi Loop - ASCE Plaque

Placed and commemorated in 1998 by History & Heritage Committee  Los Angeles Section and Southern San Joaquin Branch  American Society of Civil Engineers   The Tehachapi Loop is a 0.73-mile (1.17 km) ...

  • historic landma...
  • railroad
  • asce

In Memory of Eva Marie Schicke

This is one of two markers erected at a roadside overlook -- which the U.S. Forest Service modestly calls Rim of the World -- in memory of wildland firefighters killed in blazes in ...

    Leonidas Taylor and the Steamer 'Belle'

    Driving along the Sacramento River, about halfway between the California's capital and the town of Woodland, you pass the obelisk above. It’s along a stretch of 55 mph highway, meaning much of ...

      Crown Hill

      Crown Hill Cemetery founded in 1863 is the fourth largest cemetery in America. The history of Indiana and the United States is reflected in its monuments. President Benjamin Harrison, ...

      • indiana
      • cemetery

      One of the Last of the Stage Drivers

      There are signs for two historical markers on Highway 120 as you approach this old Gold Rush town: one for the "Mark Twain-Bret Harte Trail" and one for the town's original Wells Fargo & Co. express ...

      • california
      • tuolumne county
      • wells fargo
      • mother lode

      David Erickson Memorial

        This is one of two markers erected at a roadside overlook -- which the U.S. Forest Service modestly calls Rim of the World -- in memory of wildland firefighters killed in blazes in ...

      • california
      • stanislaus nati...
      • highway 120
      • wildfires
      • firefighters

      The first grave of Alexandre Dumas

      Alexandre Dumas père was buried here December 8th 1870. His body was transferred to Villers- Cotterêts on April 15th 1872. Since November 30th he rests at the Panthéon in Paris.   submitted ...

      • alexandre dumas...
      • 1870
      • grave
      • neuville-les-di...
      • normandie
      • france

      Tom Kilburn

      TOM KILBURN 1921 - 2001  He co-invented the world's first ever stored-program computer. He wrote its first program in June 1948 while travelling from this station to Manchester University where he ...

      • computer scienc...
      • computer
      • stored-program

      Bernard Frank

      DEDICATED TO BERNARD FRANK 1902 - 1964 FORESTER, LAND ECONOMIST, OUTDOORSMAN , INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATIONIST WITH SOME FORTY YEARS EXPERIENCE IN FORESTRY, INCLUDING THIRTY YEARS OF CONCERN WITH SOIL ...

      • maryland
      • park
      • conservation

      Mallory-Neely House

      Built circa 1852, this 25-room Italian villa-style mansion was home to the Isaac Kirtland, Benjamin Babb, James C. Neely, Daniel Grant, and Barton Lee Mallory families between 1852 and ...

      • shelby county
      • tennessee

      Memphis Queen II

      Built in 1955 by the Dubuque Boat & Boiler Company, The Memphis Queen II was the first all- steel passenger ship on the Mississippi River. Measuring 85 feet long by 43 feet wide, it features two ...

      • shelby county
      • tennessee

      Lenin Statue

      This is not V.I. Lenin This statue is hollow. Inside are six inches of water in ditch along a country road just outside of the small village of Russia, Ohio, a boy in a threadbare sweater, his palms ...

      • lenin
      • fremont
      • washington
      • poem
      • russia
      • ohio

      Old United States Mint

      Old United States Mint The Old Mint (1869), San Francisco's second, is California's only such Federal Greek Revival structure. Due to unsurpassed productivity, it became a sub-treasury in 1874. ...

      • mint
      • 1869
      • 1906
      • greek revival

      Site of the First U.S. Branch Mint

      SITE OF FIRST U.S. BRANCH MINT THE FIRST UNITED STATES BRANCH MINT IN SAN FRANCISCO WAS AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS JULY 3, 1852. AND OPENED FOR OPERATION APRIL 3, 1854. DR. L.A. BIRDSALL WAS THE ...

      • san francisco
      • california
      • bay area
      • mint
      • branch mint

      Curt C. (Curt) Flood

      • free agent
      • oakland
      • alameda
      • san francisco

      Redwood

      Sequoia Dendron Giganteum (Redwood)  This tree is dedicated by the  BROWNSVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH to the volunteers who recovered our Park after the wind storm of February 7, 2002 Thank You All

      • oregon
      • redwood
      • neighborhood wa...

      Joe Morgan

        Dedicated to the People of Bangor

        THIS BUILDING IS GIVEN BY PATRIOTIC CITIZENS AND IS DEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE OF BANGOR  CORNER STONE LAID 1912 - CHARLES W MULLEN MAYOR BUILDING COMPLETED 1913 - FLAVIUS O BEAL MAYOR

        • bangor
        • maine
        • patriotic citiz...

        U.S. Shot Furnace

        U.S. SHOT FURNACE  This structure is a hot shot furnace for heating cannon balls to be shot at wooden vessels and to set them on fire. It is part of the water battery built by the U.S. (1842-44) when ...

        • canonballs
        • wood structure
        • shot furnace

        Fishermen of the Trolling Fleet

        IN MEMORIAM FROM THIS HARBOR - IN STORM - DEPARTED ROY BOWER AND JACK CHAMBERS FISHERMAN OF THE TROLLING FLEET OCTOBER 4, A.D. 1936 ON A MISSION OF RESCUE IT IS NOT TRUE LIFE IS NOT SLAIN ...

        • depoe bay
        • mission of resc...
        • in storm

        Shelby County Archives And Hall Of Records

        After the Shelby County criminal courts and jail moved from here in 1982, this National Register Historic District building stood empty until 1998, when extensive renovations were completed and ...

        • shelby county
        • tennessee

        Site of First Adobe Home, Lake County

        BUILT BY CHARLES STONE AND ANDY KELSEY ON LAND PURCHASED FROM SALVADOR VALLEJO. CONSTRUCTED BY FORCED INDIAN LABOR CAUSING MUCH RESENTMENT AND CULMINATING IN MURDER BY INDIANS OF BOTH STONE ...

        • adobe
        • slavery
        • murder

        California's Original Constitutional

        Colton Hall - Site of California's Original Constitution Forty-eight men of diverse education and cultural backgrounds from throughout California converged upon Monterey in September in 1849 to frame ...

          This Grove of Trees

          THIS GROVE OF TREES IS DEDICATED TO THEO DUMARS FOR HIS HELP AND SERVICE TO WOODLAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, THE COMMUNITY OF WOODLAND, AND HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THANK YOU. JULY 30, 1991

            Court Square Lighting

            Improvements to Court Square's pedestrian and accent lighting during the 2004 park renovation were made possible through a generous donation from the Marriott SpringHill Suites and the Sleep Inn & ...

            • shelby county
            • tennessee

            Claremont Riding Academy

            CLAREMONT RIDING ACADEMY LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, APRIL 1980 BUILT IN 1892 IN THE ROMANESQUE REVIVAL STYLE, THE CLAREMONT RIDING ACADEMY IS ...

            • claremont
            • riding
            • stables
            • horse elevator
            • sleigh

            Claremont Riding Academy

            CLAREMONT RIDING ACADEMY BUILT IN 1892 As THE CLAREMONT STABLES, THIS BUILDING WAS DESIGNED BY FRANK A. ROOKE IN THE THEN-POPULAR ROMANESQUE REVIVAL STYLE, HERE CHARACTERIZED BY A ...

            • new york
            • nyc
            • riding
            • stables