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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Explore the history of Deschutes County at your own pace with “Historic Deschutes,” a newly updated app released by the Deschutes Historical Museum. The free app is available for Android and Apple phones and tablets.
The app features more than 40 locations across the county, from entertainment venues like the Tower Theater in Bend to Smith Rock State Park.
“People are using their phones,” Vanessa Ivey, director of the Deschutes Historical Museum, said Wednesday. “They don’t use a lot of printed materials when they’re on the go, so they have a bit of history in their back pocket.”
The application, which can be downloaded free of charge for Android and Apple, provides information on historical sites and monuments.
The most recent addition to the app is Drake Park, which is celebrating its centenary. The park was purchased by the city of Bend in 1921 for $21,000.
“People think, ‘Oh, history is dead,’ but it’s not,” Ivey told NewsChannel 21. “History is alive and constantly changing, and I think we need to change. with her.”
Ivey said the app was made possible through contributions from the city and the Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission.
You can explore the sites on your own or through themed tours that include the origins of Bend’s iconic Drake Park and various sites found along Highway 97 from Terrebonne to La Pine.
Links to the app available on the museum’s homepage, www.deschuteshistory.org.
For more information, call the museum at 541.389.1813 or email [email protected]
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