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iPhone App Points You to Interesting Local History

by ARLnow.com December 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm 5,331 12 Comments

(Updated at 3:45 p.m.) Wondering where exactly the Deep Throat parking garage is in Arlington? There’s an iPhone (and Android) app for that.

A recently-updated app called It Happened Here detects your location and tells you interesting things that happened around you. Currently the app has information on six metro areas, including Washington. Among the interesting waypoints it will tell you about in Arlington:

* The strip mall parking lot where the founder of the American Nazi Party was assassinated in 1967
* The parking garage in which Washington Post reporters met in secret with “Deep Throat” in 1972
* The high school where Sandra Bullock became a cheerleader
* The place where Orville Wright “invented” the airline passenger in 1908
* The place where one end of the first trans-Atlantic voice communication took place in 1915

It Happened Here was developed by Ken Dodelin, an Arlington resident, with the help of some students in an Entrepreneurial Journalism class he teaches at Georgetown University’s Clarendon campus.

In addition to Washington, the app is also available for New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Dodelin says he plans to add two more cities early next year.

It Happened Here is available from the iTunes App Store for $2.99.

  • Richard Cranium

    The Wrights invented the airline passenger? Who knew! What I want to find is the a&&^%le who invented the TSA Agent Screening Instructor. I’ve got a thing or two to say to that guy.

    • Lou

      Best part of the story, if I recall, is that he was also the first airline passenger fatality. That’s irony, or something.

  • novasteve

    Hey he took my idea from my thread in the discussion boards here!

  • Gabby
    • Jesse

      I had to look this up. Can we get an update to the post that points out that it’s not iPhone exclusive?

  • Wilbur

    Already exists. It’s called geocaching

  • DarkHeart

    $2.99 and only one city?

  • flipflops

    It’s hard to believe that lil’ Java Shack used to be the HQ of the Nazi party. The place definitely has recovered some karma under its new tenants…

  • othersideoftheriver

    You can also find the text of all historic markers in the County at the Arlington Historical Society site: http://www.arlingtonhistory.org/learn-2/historic-sites/

    • CrystalMikey

      Nice link…thanks for sharing it!

  • R. Griffon

    Georgetown has a Clarendon campus?

    • CrystalMikey

      Yep…at Wilson & Highland.

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