(See my other 2019 Road Trip and iOS related posts) – On our recent road trip, my wife and I passed several Texas Historical Markers along the roadside. We were curious as to what they said but really didn’t want to take the time to stop and read them. That made me remember a book my father had “Why Stop?: A Guide to Texas Roadside Historical Markers“.
This book was published in 2013 and contains the information of more than 2500 Texas roadside markers. They are still available on Amazon for $15.76 (paperback) and $9.59 (Kindle) at the time I write this.
Of course, the information in that guide is dated and I didn’t have a copy with me on our trip.
I checked to see if there was anything on-line about the markers. What I discovered is the “Texas Historical Marker Guide” App for the iPhone. Not only does this App have more than 16,000 Historical Markers included in its database, but it also has the ability for users to contribute updates.
The App can be purchased through the App Store for $2.99. Per the App website:
Texas is home to over 15,000 historical markers. And now there’s an app to help you find them!
-Onboard marker database means you can browse markers without an Internet connection.
-Browse markers by geographic locations including cities and counties.
-Browse markers by type, size, and subject.
-Browse attractions where markers can be found including cemeteries; state parks; historic districts; etc.
-Uses Location Services to find your current location and display markers in the current county. (Internet connection required)
-Check-in at markers to keep track of visits!
-Update marker coordinates! (Device with GPS radio required)
-Record marker conditions!
-Includes conditions of marker where reported.
-Includes text for many markers with more being added frequently.
-Take pictures with an in-app camera or import from camera roll! (Pictures are not included with app.)
-Share your favorite markers via FaceBook, Flickr, Mail, and iMessage!
-Texas Centennial markers and monuments from 1936!
-Old San Antonio Road markers erected by DAR and the State of Texas in 1918!
-San Jacinto Battleground markers erected by DRT and the State of Texas in 1912!
-Complete Texas works of Pompeo Coppini!
-Selected Texas works of Waldine Tauch, Frank Teich, Elisabet Ney, and others!
-Blue Star Memorial markers (all the ones we know about.)
-New markers erected since 2012!
This is an App that we will use almost every time we are out on the roads (not the Interstates) of Texas.
If you and your family drive Texas, this might be an inexpensive App to help pass the time on the road while learning more about our state.
In the 34 county Hill Country region of Texas, the App shows more than 2300 markers. More than 25 markers show up in the App within 5 miles of my home location.
I used the location of the CapMac (Capital Macintosh User Group) meetings (red arrow) I attend monthly in Austin and found all of the markers shown in the image to the left. You can literally find markers all over the state.
If you really like the App, follow them on Facebook.
- Inexpensive at $2.99
- Automatically tracks your location
- Nearby markers pop up on map
- User can easily drill down to details of marker
- Text is a little small and can be challenging to read in a moving vehicle
- More of a desire than a Con: it would be nice to be able to touch a button to have the details read to you
- More of a desire than a Con: it would be nice to have a setting that would automatically read you every marker within a set distance
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