Learn about the state’s historic byways in a new mobile app
Coloradoans with smartphones can now view stories for the state’s 25 Scenic and Historic Byways from the Colorado Department of Transportation through Tagwhat, a new mobile application.
The department’s channel on Tagwhat, which is free and available for Android phones and iPhones and iPads, provides information about sites along each byway, such as its history, additional interpretation about the route or location, recent site restorations and upcoming improvements.
“Tagwhat is thrilled to be working with Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways to bring the great stories of Colorado places to mobile users,” said co-founder and CEO of Tagwhat Dave Elchoness. “Now residents and visitors will be able to more easily learn about the often invisible, but always awesome, historic and natural sites through the mobile app as they pass them.”
A variety of information is provided about each route, such as ghost towns on the Alpine Loop and the Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge on the Cache la Poudre-North Park Byway.
The initial goal of the app is to have at least five information sites about each byway, according to the department’s Scenic and Historic Byways program manager Lenore Bates.
“We already have more than 150 sites available and more to come. Ultimately, we’d like to have up to 15 sites about all 25 byways or, at the very least, enhance the information that’s already available,” he said.
Other locations currently highlighted in the app are the Silver Thread, the Trail of the Ancients, which shows a National Geographic map of this southwest Colorado byway, the West Elk Loop and restoration of the coke ovens outside Redstone, a new schoolhouse restoration near Cripple Creek along the Gold Belt Tour, and new facilities at the Buffalo Herd Overlook on Lariat Loop.
The Colorado Department of Transportation purchased and licensed a Scenic Byways channel from Boulder-based Tagwhat for $400. The Scenic and Historic Byway content is in a channel inside the Tagwhat app.
To download the free app, visit your phone’s app store. For more information about Colorado’s byways, go to http://www.coloradobyways.org.
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