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This app lets you read historical markers without even stopping

By Chris Guld, GeeksOnTour.com
From the Oregon trail in Wyoming, to George Washington’s boyhood home in the Chesapeake, we’ve driven by a lot of historical markers in our motorhome this summer. I’m always curious when I see the sign, but rarely enough to pull over. So, I use the app called “Explore Here.” Just open it up to the homepage, and I see a category called “Nearby.” If we just passed a marker, it will show up in this section. I’ve been impressed with how complete it is. It uses the Historical Marker Database (HMdb.org) as its source.

Explore Here app

Yesterday we were driving on the Tidewater Trail in the Chesapeake area and saw a sign as we passed it. In order to read the sign, I pulled up my Explore Here app and looked at the nearby section. I could see that sign on the map, so I clicked and read the text. Many of the signs also have photos. There is also a setting to get a push notification when you are passing a historical marker.

The app currently is only available on Apple iOS although they claim it is “coming soon” to Android. Meanwhile, on Android you can go directly to the source, the HMdb.org website, and you will also see a “near you” button there.

  • App: Explore Here
  • Cost: Free
  • Available on: iOS, Android coming soon
  • Author: Wes Vance

Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She and her husband, Jim, produce a free YouTube show called What Does This Button Do?  They have been Fulltime RVers, popular seminar presenters at RV Rallies, and regular contributors to RVTravel.com, for many years.

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Wesley Vance
2 months ago

Hello everyone! Wes here, I’m the founder and developer of ExploreHere. I’m happy to announce that both iOS and Android are now available in their respective stores!

I’m always looking for ways to improve the app, so if you have any suggestions – feel free to message me in the app, or chat with me on the website at explorehere.app.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Wesley Vance

Hi, Wes! Welcome! Thanks for the update on your app, which Chris Guld of Geeks on Tour wrote about recently. Good luck with your updated app. It’s very cool! Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

bwodom
4 months ago

Love this! A lot safer than trying to slow down, too. And the driver gets a real-time, customized tour from the passenger seat!

rvgrandma
4 months ago

Can’t share on FB I get this message: Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.

rvgrandma
4 months ago
Reply to  rvgrandma

Not only would it not let me post but I am now blocked from posting in facebook for 24 hours. They say I abused the community standards.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  rvgrandma

That’s ridiculous! Sorry, rvgrandma. I hope your evening/night goes better. 🙂 –Diane

rvgrandma
4 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I agree then it will not let me send a complaint to Facebook about it.
It is hard because I am admin for a group of men/women whose spouse has Alzheimer’s or other dementias. But it is not my first time. Last spring I was in jail for using the word ‘beat’ in a post saying I hoped the republican candidate beats the democratic candidate. I was accused of inciting violence.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  rvgrandma

Sheesh! Sometimes our filter is a little over-zealous, but not like FB. That’s nuts! Plus, if I don’t agree with our filter bleeping something, I’ll just “adjust” the word that it bleeped and put it back in. Ha! Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

TIM MCRAE
4 months ago

Can’t enter my email for the android updates…

Wes Vance
2 months ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

Hey Tim! Sorry about the email issue, I’m looking into that right now!

But also, as of a few days ago, the initial release for Android is available, and can be found on the Play Store!

I’d really appreciate any feedback you have about it.

Richard Hughes
4 months ago

Says it is not available yet for Android.

Wes Vance
2 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

Hey Richard, thanks for the patience, I’ve been working hard on the Android version and it’s now available on the Play Store!

Let me know what you think!

Daniel Pankiewicz
4 months ago

Thank you