A gigantic map of all the cool plaques in the world. A project of 99% Invisible.

The View from Here

Looking across the Bay you can see the expanse of estuarine water and distant hills of South San Francisco and San Mateo. There, Spanish explorers first viewed San Francisco Bay less than 250 years ...

Looking across the Bay you can see the expanse of estuarine water and distant hills of South San Francisco and San Mateo. There, Spanish explorers first viewed San Francisco Bay less than 250 ...

  • east bay region...
  • alameda point

Wildlife at Alameda Point

The waters of San Francisco Bay surrounding the island of Alameda support a rich diversity of life. The rocky shoreline of Alameda Point provides a surface where many different kinds of plants and ...

The waters of San Francisco Bay surrounding the island of Alameda support a rich diversity of life. The rocky shoreline of Alameda Point provides a surface where many different kinds of plants and ...

  • east bay region...
  • alameda point

Alaska Packers Association

The Bay Area once lead the world in the export of salmon. In nineteenth-century San Francisco, more than a dozen companies were involved in packing and distributing salmon harvested from Alaskan ...

The Bay Area once lead the world in the export of salmon. In nineteenth-century San Francisco, more than a dozen companies were involved in packing and distributing salmon harvested from ...

  • fishing
  • sailing
  • maritime indust...
  • port

Where the World Comes to Oakland

The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 made way for new trade routes that led to a shipping boom in the post-war world of the 1920s. By 1925, Oakland was ready to capitalize on growing international ...

The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 made way for new trade routes that led to a shipping boom in the post-war world of the 1920s. By 1925, Oakland was ready to capitalize on growing international ...

  • shipping
  • harbor
  • port
  • maritime indust...

Houseboats on the Waterfront

Preparations for World War II ended plans of filling the Southwest yacht basins with pleasure crafts. Instead, a severe housing shortage during the war turned the waterfront into a home for ...

Preparations for World War II ended plans of filling the Southwest yacht basins with pleasure crafts. Instead, a severe housing shortage during the war turned the waterfront into a home ...

  • washington dc
  • wharf

Urban Renewal

At the beginning of the 20th century, Southwest was considered a decaying neighborhood suffering from poor housing and urban blight. In 1945, the Redevelopment Land Agency was created and its urban ...

At the beginning of the 20th century, Southwest was considered a decaying neighborhood suffering from poor housing and urban blight. In 1945, the Redevelopment Land Agency was created and its urban ...

  • washington dc
  • wharf

African-American History in Southwest

The Southwest Waterfront's history is closely tied to African-American history. Leading up to the Civil War, many people of color - those still enslaved as well as some freed individuals - lived and ...

The Southwest Waterfront's history is closely tied to African-American history. Leading up to the Civil War, many people of color - those still enslaved as well as some freed individuals - lived and ...

  • washington dc
  • wharf

Maliebaan

This plaque tells the history of this long straight lane in Utrecht. It was created in 1637, as a 700 meters long track for the

This plaque tells the history of this long straight lane in Utrecht. It was created in 1637, as a 700 meters long track for the "maliespel" game, which is like a forerunner of golf and croquet. ...

  • maliebaan
  • historic street

Maliebaan bicycle lane

The long and straight lane

The long and straight lane "maliebaan" was created as sports track in 1637 (see the plaque at the other end of the street). After the game died out it became a regular street in the growing city ...

  • maliebaan
  • historic street
  • bicycle lane

Valentine Residence

“Kid” Thomas Valentine (1897-1987), trumpeter and bandleader, lived here at 825 Vallette Street in 1928. Born in Reserve, LA he moved to Algiers in 1923. He played at Speck’s Moulin Rouge in Marrero ...

“Kid” Thomas Valentine (1897-1987), trumpeter and bandleader, lived here at 825 Vallette Street in 1928. Born in Reserve, LA he moved to Algiers in 1923. He played at Speck’s Moulin Rouge in ...

  • louisiana
  • music
  • jazz
  • new orleans

Allen Residence

Henry Allen (1871-1952) trumpet player and bandleader, and Henry

Henry Allen (1871-1952) trumpet player and bandleader, and Henry "Red” Allen, Jr., (1906-1967), trumpet player, singer and bandleader, lived here at 414 Newton Street from 1906 until 1917. Henry ...

  • louisiana
  • music
  • jazz
  • new orleans

Marcour Residence

Oscar J. Marcour (1895-1956), violinist and bandleader, lived here at 431 Opelousas Ave from 1917 to 1919. He played with the Jules Bauduc Orchestra at the Silver Slipper, made and Edison Dictaphone ...

Oscar J. Marcour (1895-1956), violinist and bandleader, lived here at 431 Opelousas Ave from 1917 to 1919. He played with the Jules Bauduc Orchestra at the Silver Slipper, made and Edison Dictaphone ...

  • louisiana
  • music
  • jazz
  • new orleans

The Right Bank of the Mississippi River

Once connected by a mule-drawn streetcar, Algiers and Gretna are now linked by this path of history. Follow the markers along the

Once connected by a mule-drawn streetcar, Algiers and Gretna are now linked by this path of history. Follow the markers along the "Right Bank of the Mississippi River" to historic downtown Gretna, ...

  • louisiana
  • new orleans
  • mississippi riv...

Louis Armstrong

During his early years in New Orleans Louis Armstrong drew upon the entire spectrum of music associated with the city. He spent time following Joe Oliver in the

During his early years in New Orleans Louis Armstrong drew upon the entire spectrum of music associated with the city. He spent time following Joe Oliver in the "second lines” which accompanied brass ...

  • louisiana
  • new orleans
  • jazz
  • music

Stone Canyon Scenic Overlook

On Mulholland Drive, at the crest of the Beverly Crest neighborhood (in what I, a non-Angeleno, would be tempted to call the Hollywood HIlls). To the south, the city spreads out nearly as far as you ...

On Mulholland Drive, at the crest of the Beverly Crest neighborhood (in what I, a non-Angeleno, would be tempted to call the Hollywood HIlls). To the south, the city spreads out nearly as far as you ...

  • los angeles
  • san fernando va...
  • santa monica mo...
  • stone canyon

The Goldthwaite Eagle

The Goldthwaite Eagle In 1885, William H. Thompson (1842-1896) started a weekly newspapers, “The Mountaineer,” which closed but was re-established in 1894. He sold it in 1896 to R.M. Thompson, his ...

The Goldthwaite Eagle In 1885, William H. Thompson (1842-1896) started a weekly newspapers, “The Mountaineer,” which closed but was re-established in 1894. He sold it in 1896 to R.M. Thompson, ...

  • texas
  • goldthwaite
  • mills county
  • newspapers

Mills County Jail

Mills County Jail, 1888. First structure built by newly organized county, before county seat was chosen. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark — 1965.Struck by the fact that before the county did anything ...

Mills County Jail, 1888. First structure built by newly organized county, before county seat was chosen. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark — 1965.Struck by the fact that before the county did anything ...

  • texas
  • mills county
  • goldthwaite
  • jails
  • law and order

Frank Teich

Frank Teich (Sept. 23, 1856-Jan. 27, 1939)   A native of Germany, Frank Teich studied under master German artists and sculptors before coming to the United States in 1878. By 1883 he was established ...

Frank Teich (Sept. 23, 1856-Jan. 27, 1939)   A native of Germany, Frank Teich studied under master German artists and sculptors before coming to the United States in 1878. By 1883 he was established ...

  • texas
  • llano county
  • llano
  • county courthou...
  • courthouses
  • frank teich
  • architecture

Llano County Courthouse

The plaque: Llano County Courthouse Designed by Austin County architect A.O. Watson, this building in the fourth courthouse for Llano County. Work on the structure began in 1892 and was completed one ...

The plaque: Llano County Courthouse Designed by Austin County architect A.O. Watson, this building in the fourth courthouse for Llano County. Work on the structure began in 1892 and was completed ...

  • texas
  • llano county
  • llano
  • county courthou...
  • courthouses
  • architecture

Civil War at the Southwest Waterfront

Private river commerce along the waterfront was disrupted during the Civil War when Washington became the headquarters and supply center of the Union Army. Wharves were appropriated for military ...

Private river commerce along the waterfront was disrupted during the Civil War when Washington became the headquarters and supply center of the Union Army. Wharves were appropriated for ...

  • washington dc
  • wharf

Homeless Jesus

Homeless JesusBlessed by Donald Cardinal WuerlAsh Wednesday 2015Artist: Tim Schmalz

Homeless JesusBlessed by Donald Cardinal WuerlAsh Wednesday 2015Artist: Tim Schmalz

  • washington dc
  • art

Dr. Lyford's Stone Tower

  • lyford stone to...

Eugenia Marans and Louise Teather

  • lyford stone to...

Looking Back at Belvedere

    China Cabin