Historical Markers in
Queens County, New York

1940 Woodhaven P O 69th Regiment Monument 9/11 Memorial A Natural Nest Alfred M. Butts An Outstanding Partnership Andean Bear Animals of the Americas Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua Aspinwall House Betty Smith Bison: An American Icon Saved Black, Trans & Alive (Qweens Song), 2021 Bowne House Can This Bird Be Saved? Canadian Lynx Column of Jerash Coyote Daniel Carter Beard Square David Dinkins Circle Dexter Park Domestic Cattle Domestic Chicken Domestic Goat Domestic Horses Elizabeth Polk (1902-2001) First House Number in Queens Flushing Civil War Monument Flushing High School Flushing Meadows Corona Park Flushing Public Art Flushing State Armory Flushing Town Hall Former RKO Keith's Theatre Fort Totten Park Fort Totten Park Four Chaplains Memorial Fox Oaks Fred Christ Trump Friends Meeting House Gates of Life General Slocum Disaster Memorial George Fox Stone George Washington Henry Write (1878-1936) Hon. Alfred J. Kennedy In Honor of Queens Firefighters Jamaica Center Sidewalk Clock Jamaica Estates - A Residential Park Jamaica Estates New York World War II Memorial James Corbett James J. Corbett John Bowne House John P McGonigol Judy Holliday Kingsland Kingsland Homestead Laurelton Veterans Memorial Lawrence Family Graveyard Lewis H. Latimer House Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) Lilia Skala (1896-1994) Live Performances Louis Armstrong House Macedonia A.M.E. Church Mae West Main Magazine of Fort Totten Margaret Carman Green Maurice A. Fitzgerald Playground Mezzanine Tour of New York State Michael D Glover Morris Park World War I Memorial Neir's Tavern / Union Course New York State Pavilion New York Worlds Fair NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial Observation Towers Orange Trail / Green Trail Our Rescued Eagles Our rescued pumas Our twin Andean bear cubs were born on July 28, 2021 Pronghorn: Masters of Migration Prospect Cemetery Puma Puma: The Hunted Quaker Meeting House Queens Borough Hall Persian Gulf War Memorial Ramblerville Hawtree Memorial Bridge Remnants from the ruins Remsen Cemetery Restaurant Rosedale Veterans Memorial Rosedale Vietnam Veterans Memorial Sergeant Colyer Square Sergeant Joseph E. Schaefer Oval Skate Rental Soldiers Monument St. Anthony Hospital St. George's Church The Architect The Bowne House The Exedra The King Mansion The Lewis H. Latimer House Museum The Life and Times of the Coyote The New York State Pavilion became a movie set The Old Stone Church The Weeping Beech Tree Theaterama Thick-billed Parrot Time Capsules Tsunami Memorial TWA Flight Center Types of Domestic Chickens U.S. Post Office Veterans Memorial Unisphere WCS In Action: Big Cat Conservation Welcome to Flushing We're Working to Save Andean Bears What's Amazing about this Aviary? William A. Shea Municipal Stadium Woodhaven Library Woodhaven Patriotic League World War II Honor Roll World War I Memorial World War I Memorial World’s Largest Map World’s Largest Suspension Roof Zoos Working Together “Lucy Day” at the New York World’s Fair
In the mid-19th century, New York City was the largest slaveholding city in the United States, and the largest slave market was located on Wall Street.
Queens County, located in New York State, has a rich and diverse history that spans several centuries. The area was originally inhabited by the Native American Lenape tribes, who fished and farmed in the fertile lands by the rivers and bays. In 1683, Queens County was established as one of the original 12 counties of New York, named after Catherine of Braganza, the queen consort of King Charles II of England.

During the Revolutionary War, the area played a significant role. Some famous battles, such as the Battle of Long Island, took place in Queens. The war left its mark on the county, with many historical sites and landmarks still present today, including the Old Quaker Meeting House and the Jamaica Pass Battlefield.

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, Queens County experienced significant growth and development. The building of the Long Island Rail Road in the mid-1800s brought increased transportation and commerce to the area. Immigrants from various countries, such as Ireland, Germany, Italy, and more recently, from Asian and Latin American countries, settled in Queens, contributing to its cultural diversity.

In 1898, Queens became one of the five boroughs of New York City, along with Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. This incorporation into the city led to further infrastructure improvements, such as the construction of bridges and highways. Today, Queens has become a bustling borough with vibrant neighborhoods, renowned cultural institutions like the Museum of Modern Art PS1, and one of the major international gateways in the United States, JFK Airport.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Queens County, New York.

  • 1683 - Queens County is established as one of the original twelve counties in the Province of New York.
  • 1784 - Queens County loses a portion of its territory to form Nassau County.
  • 1898 - Queens County becomes a borough of New York City as part of the consolidation of the city's five boroughs.
  • 1939 - The World's Fair is held in Queens, bringing international attention to the borough.
  • 1964 - Another World's Fair takes place in Queens, showcasing technological advancements and cultural exhibits.
  • 1970 - The New York City Subway's Flushing-Main Street station is opened, connecting Queens to the rest of the city.
  • 2012 - Superstorm Sandy causes significant damage to parts of Queens, particularly coastal areas.