Photo by Emily Mentzer
The new Monmouth Historic Walking Tour app for iPhones or Androids allows users to explore the tales of buildings in town and on Western Oregon University’s campus.
As of Wednesday, September 30, 2015
MONMOUTH — A new app for smartphones makes it easier than ever to find out more about historic buildings in the city of Monmouth.
The app, Historic Monmouth Walking Tour, is available for both iPhones and Google formats. It cost about $6,000, which was paid for through a grant, said Mark Fancey, Monmouth community development manager.
Once downloaded, the app provides users with information, pictures and history about 29 historic sites in Monmouth, including Western Oregon University. A global positioning system icon allows users to identify where they are in the city and see where on the map the next historic site is.
The app is very basic. The GPS function does not automatically update to show where you are or in what direction you are walking. No notifications are available as you pass by historic sites, so you have to be looking for them.
It’s free to download and use. The map is easy to read, and the facts are interesting. Additional photos are included with some sites, featuring historic pictures of a place, or sometimes photos of what it looks like inside.
The app also features “fun facts” about Monmouth, including that the sequoia tree that is decorated every year on Western Oregon University’s campus was planted in 1887.