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2 North Carolina ‘History on a stick’ signs found

July 18, 2019
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This Jan. 10, 1936 photo provided by the State of North Carolina shows the dedication of North Carolina’s first historical highway marker to John Penn, who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence. While this marker still stands, six others are missing. Officials say the markers are disappearing faster than the state can afford to replace them. (State of North Carolina via AP)
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This Jan. 10, 1936 photo provided by the State of North Carolina shows the dedication of North Carolina’s first historical highway marker to John Penn, who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence. While this marker still stands, six others are missing. Officials say the markers are disappearing faster than the state can afford to replace them. (State of North Carolina via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An agency in charge of North Carolina historical markers says two of five markers recently reported missing have been recovered.

More than 1,600 of the markers known as “history on a stick” stand along state roads, telling the stories of people and places that shaped the past.

North Carolina Highway Historical Markers says the two signs on Harkers Island were found thanks to the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and rangers from the Cape Lookout National Seashore. The agency said the markers had been blown over during Hurricane Florence and were put away for safe keeping by the National Park Service.

The markers that typically contain about 30 words are popular with the public. The program began in 1936.

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