HistoryPointer 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.
Every history buff needs this app.
HistoryPointer'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 https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/index.htm.
This is a database update, reflecting properties added by the National Park Service to the National Register of Historic Places through August 9, 2019.
Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
Junk app - move on
App installed and booted fine. Seems to work as intended. However, the information it provides is complete nonsense. Where and how it gets the data is a mystery. Apparently there’s an historic petroleum filling station on my property in Washington state. When I click on it, it shows my info for something in Ohio. None of the known historic state historic sights seem to be showing up, either. So, of the whole point of the app is to make a database easy to use, better make sure the app uses the database correctly!
Better off just using any map app and searching for historic spots in the area.
Developer Response ,
Please report any data errors to email@example.com.
Note that only sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places are shown. Many historically significant state sites don't meet the NRHP listing criteria, or have never been nominated, so you won't see those. It doesn't mean they're unimportant, just that they're not on the NRHP.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.