PA Historic Marker Program

Pennsylvania Historic Markers


Historic Markers on Pennsylvania Highway

Historic Markers on Pennsylvania Highway; photo by Mark Plummer on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative work). 

Pennsylvania Historic Marker Program

The historical marker program, established in 1946, is one of the Commission’s oldest and most popular programs. The blue and gold markers located throughout the state highlight people, places, and events significant in state and national history. More than 2,000 cast aluminum markers tell the stories of Native Americans and settlers, government and politics, athletes, entertainers, artists, struggles for freedom and equality, factories and businesses, and a multitude of other topics.

New markers are approved and placed along Pennsylvania highways and city streets each year. Most markers are dedicated in public events featuring public officials, local historians, community representatives, and others. Each dedication presents opportunities for Pennsylvanians to celebrate and understand their heritage.