Smartphone help for Independence tourists – among others

Smartphone help for Independence tourists – among others

The city of Independence offers a fresh tool to greatly help both visitors and residents easier bypass to see historic sites along with other attractions.

“It really is for everybody. … It’s to obtain additional (people) engaged,” the city’s tourism manager, Kristi Eckfeld, wednesday evening at a roll-out event on the Square said.

Grab it for the phone by looking for “Find Your Independence” in the iTunes store or the Google Play Store. It’s free.

Call it up, and you’ll see four icons: tour, game, time and photobooth travel. Those are designed to be both playful and helpful. The game, for example, is founded on the Oregon Trail, which started 175 years back here. The proper time travel part concerning the city’s past, starting in 1800, a quarter-century prior to the city was founded officially.

“It’s probably the most complete, succinct history of Independence,” said Allison Mincher, special projects coordinator for OnCell, that your populous city hired to build up the app.

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And the app will ping one to get your attention as you pass near such historic sites because the 1859 Jail and Clinton’s Soda Fountain. A small number of the websites now are loaded, with an increase of to be added as time passes. It could cue one to help look for a restaurant also.

Mayor Eileen Weir said this can be the type of service folks have arrived at expect if they travel and explore a fresh city. Fewer maps, planning and pamphlets, she said, and much more spontaneity.

The populous city Council approved developing the app, and Weir said that among other activities it can help show that “… you want to respect and celebrate our history, but we’re not just a town of days gone by.”

week for the tourism office

The app roll-out was section of a busy. City employees and volunteers will undoubtedly be busy starting today and all weekend with attractions along Main Street from Lexington to Kansas, all centered around an 1849 theme. It’s section of Santa-Cali-Gon Days, today which starts at noon. You can find games, a one-room schoolhouse, a jail, quilting, rope-making and panning for gold. It’s all free aside from the favorite photo booth.

“It’year s likely to be bigger and much better than last,” Eckfeld said.