Listen to the origin history of cities, towns and villages you drive around and through, automatically, while traveling the roads of the United States.

How did a town get its name?, who was the first person to settle in the area?, why was the area selected for a settlement? These are some of the questions HistOrigin® will answer.

The HistOrigin® history app is designed primarily for the automobile traveling public. Great entertainment for the passenger on a long drive. Follow along, listen to town origin histories as you come close to the next town.

The HistOrigin® project is an on-going effort to collect the origin stories of all cities, towns, villages, burgs, boroughs and hamlets of the United States, and to bring this unique aspect of American history to the traveler.


There are 2 modes. TRAVEL MODE and EXPLORE MODE

Travel Mode - Start the HistOrigin® history app, turn up the volume on your device, set the device down and listen. As you approach the next community on your route, you will automatically hear the origin story for that community.

Explore Mode - When you toggle the HistOrigin® app into explore mode, you can move the map around and interact with the community pushpins. Click on a pushpin and a small box will launch, with an options for viewing or listening to the story of the locations earliest village history.

The HistOrigin® project was started as a desire to collect the stories of origins of the communities of the United States. To present this aspect of American history in the form of a travel app, which the public could use in an automated way that would be both entertaining and educational.

There are currently 2000+ stories for communities within the states of New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Users in these states will be able to experience the full functionality of the HistOrigin® app.

The National Historical Marker database has also been added as a table in the HistOrigin® free history app. Users of the HistOrigin® Premium version have the ability to filter out the display of Historical Markers.

PLEASE NOTE. THERE CURRENTLY MAY NOT BE A CITY TOWN VILLAGE HISTORY story FOR YOUR HOMETOWN. However, you can see Historical Markers for the entire nation.

Our database grows every day and our goal is to obtain the origin story for every community in the United States.

You can help. Do you know your village history or the origin story for your community? We have provided a form that allows users to add a community origin history story to our database. You can access the form from within the HistOrigin® app or the website. If you have a story to share, we are interested to hear from you. Help us bring American history into the 21st century and build HistOrigin® into a national treasure.


• City, Town, Village Origin Stories: YES

• All National Historical Marker descriptions: YES

• Ability to filter out categories of data: YES

What’s New

Version 1.0.5

Google Maps tiling issues fixed.
modification to for GPS user notification.
Updated libraries, updated code to reflect changes to libraries. CordovaLib, Java, javascript, google.maps.api's.
Raised markers limit to 1000 in explore mode.
Now using wkwebview. Migrated from webview.
New color scheme for menu's


Christopher Schaller
19.4 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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