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There’s an app to find Historic Places

January 25, 2010

In my last post, I wished there were an app  that would give you the ability to stand on a street corner and pull up a photo of how the area used to appear.

While looking for something like that, I came across something different, but of interest.  The app is quite appropriately called “Historic Places” from Groundspeak, the same folk who track geocaches hidden all over the country.  The ninety-nine cent app is both useful and a bargain, sparing you the burden of lugging around maps or guidebooks and encouraging locals and tourists alike to drop in on places of interest they might not know about.  

Pull up the app, which knows your current location, and it will show you a list or map of nearby sites.  Click on an item of interest for a photo and more info.  Want to visit?  You can navigate by map or a built-in compass that will guide you to your destination.  


The list of featured places includes historic districts, notable sites, buildings, structures and objects that are significant in history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or cultural heritage.

There are over 44,000 community-submitted historic places of interest listed — with locations worldwide, so you can find something of interest whether you are in San Francisco or Sao Paulo.

Are you a Route 66 fanatic?  Gaga for Georgian?  You can filter locations so only historic sites of interest show — thus fans of bridges, or Gilded Age mansions, or industrial sites can hone in on what they love.  

This highly-rated app has only just begun — more features are promised!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2010 9:21 am

    I love cool tools like this – thanks for the tip, can’t wait to try it!

    • Sabra Smith permalink*
      January 31, 2010 10:02 am

      Hey Jamie — thanks for checking out the blog. And I’m so pleased to know it’s of practical use!

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