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An app for that: Cleveland Historical

By Roman Verzub

February 2, 2012

Part of the swanky ad campaigns for smart phone manufacturers include the amount of mobile applications or “apps” their devices can support. We at the Stater would like to, on as much of a regular basis as we can, take a regular look at some apps we think you might enjoy.

The Cleveland Historical app, which is available for iOS devices (iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone) as well as devices running Android is an app that, according to its developers, “puts Cleveland history at your fingertips.”

Weighing in at a slim 164 kilobytes (small, by app standards) for the Android version (the one being reviewed here), Cleveland Historical downloads and installs quickly, even in slow “3G” data connections.

The application also launches quickly, and for a few seconds, logos for Cleveland State University and its Center for Public History and Digital Humanities appear on screen below the application’s logo. The app interface consists of a large map with highlighted points.

Tapping on a point brings up further interesting historical information relating to that point.

The application can optionally use your device’s built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) to show you sites close to you, in case you want to do some exploring.

A search function allows fast-and-easy searching through various points of interest.

Remember that time in 1969 when the Cuyahoga River caught on fire? Perhaps that’s something most people want to forget. But for the curious, a search of “Cuyahoga River fire” will bring you right to the page, complete with pictures and great background information on an event that forever tarnished Cleveland’s reputation.

Another useful feature of the app are the “Guided Tours,” accessible by first pressing your device’s “Menu” button.

Tours feature categories like bridges, civil war history, or just a tour of some areas downtown.

Each tour has a description and a list of stops to make, but unfortunately no directions to the locations.

Where is the library anyway? If you don’t know, this tour aspect may not be the best option for you.

App Name: Cleveland Historical
Platform: iOS, Android
Developers: DXY Solutions, LLC
Price: Free!