Friday, September 17, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021

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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bwodom
19 days 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
20 days 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
20 days ago
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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)
19 days ago
Reply to  rvgrandma

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

rvgrandma
19 days 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)
19 days 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
20 days ago

Can’t enter my email for the android updates…

Richard Hughes
20 days ago

Says it is not available yet for Android.

Daniel Pankiewicz
20 days ago

Thank you

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