App provides look into Sparks' past

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Updated: 6/26/2013 3:52 pm
SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & -- A new iPhone and Android app that brings to life the history of Sparks, Nevada is now available for free in Apple's iTunes Store and at Google Play.

The app is called "Sparks, NV Historic Tours," and is the result of over 20 years of work and research by the volunteers of the Sparks Heritage Museum. Features include a GPS-based walking tour focused on the city's original business district, with vintage photos that provide a glimpse into its past. "Stories of Nevada's Past" are shared by historians through audio at designated stops, which include the Southern Pacific Roundhouse, Machine Shops and Union Pacific Yards & Depot.

The app also features a self-guided tour of Sparks' 4,000-square-foot museum, loaded with engaging exhibits that reflect the rapid changes the region has undergone, from ranching and mining to the introduction of the railroad, as well as the city's significant role in the Space program.

The app's historic photo gallery includes vintage photos from the Sparks Museum’s collection. Visitors can point their phone at an existing building on Victorian Avenue, such as Great Basin Brewery, and see a photo of what the building looked like 50 or 100 years ago.  

Download Sparks NV Historic Tours at the Apple Store viewSoftware?id=658406478&mt=8

Or on Google Play!

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