The Historical Marker Database (http://www.hmdb.org//) is the perfect site for experienced and would-be explorers. The organization describes its website as an "illustrated searchable online catalog of historical information viewed through the filter of roadside and other permanent outdoor markers, monuments, and plaques." Through photographs, written descriptions, inscription transcriptions, and maps, travelers can learn about local, state, national, and even global history.
Information is updated by fellow travelers and edited by volunteers. The website is searchable by word, phrase, category, county, state, province, or country. Basically, no matter where you are, you have the chance to learn about the history and people.
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We've used the database to discover historical markers near our home. We've used it to find interesting
places to take a break during long road trips. We've researched landmarks that we previously had passed hundreds of times and wondered what was so special. We have seen and learned more about our home and state because of this database.
Traveling doesn't need to be about getting from point A to B. Just like life, it can be about meandering, discovering, and learning. The Historical Marker Database can be an important tool on your journey.