History Pointer is your portable copy of the US National Register of Historic Places, over 100,000 sites, buildings, battlefields, vessels, and historic districts of significance in the United States and territories.

Find the sites near you or along your next road trip. Don't miss a detour. Map gives you your choice of Apple maps, USGS topographic maps, or NOAA nautical charts. Wikipedia text excerpts and links are included. Augmented Reality view identifies what's nearby, and shows the way to spots far afield.

Every history buff needs this app.

History Pointer's data comes from the US National Register of Historic Places, which is "the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation." The register is maintained by the National Park Service. For more information about the criteria for inclusion on the National Register. see

What’s New

Version 2.3.4

Updated database with properties added to the National Register of Historic Places through September 4, 2020.

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

BAR112 ,

Not bad, but...

I see History Pointer was updated several weeks ago; however, they left out one thing: ability to link to Wikipedia to actually read some info about the places! I can scroll (not easily) around the map to find places nearby. I can click on the pin and see a map view, but that’s it. I would say it’s still not worth paying anything for (got it for free) in this stage. Developers: nice try but please let us click on the “i” and go straight to the Wiki article.

shythead1196 ,

No issues here

I haven’t had a single issue others have mentioned. Yes, there’s information from Wikipedia for many of here sites but that gives you some quick, basic information. Overhead photo is the default, yet easy to switch to Google or Apple maps, Google street view, etc. Great app to find places to visit on a trip or hidden gems in your hometown!

Reitveld ,


- Things will appear on the map, and will disappear if you zoom in. They will not reappear when you zoom back out.
- There doesn’t seem to be a great deal of information regarding a historic site.


Harold Mueller
143.3 MB

Requires iOS 12.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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