History Comes Alive on the Helena Walking App

Visit Helena Montana is excited to launch an updated release of Helena Walking Tour app for Apple and Android smart phones. The new Helena Walking Tour app will help locals and visitors explore Helena’s unique history and architecture. This exciting new over-hall implements augmented reality that will literally make history come alive on your smart phone.

These historic photo spots center in the Last Chance Gulch core of Helena and are identified with sticker spots on the sidewalk and via the map inside the walking app.  There are 12 historic photo view spots available on the app now, with more historic photo views to be released in spring 2018.

As users navigate through Helena and through the app they will be able to read about the images they are seeing. Dr. Ellen Baumler with the Montana Historical Society has researched and written the content that compliments the historic images in the app.

  1. Download the app. Search “Helena Montana” in your app store.
  2. Use the map feature to help find a photo stop. When you get close to the stop, look for the photo sticker on the ground.
  3. Face the direction indicated on the sticker and open the historic view feature inside the app.
  4. Raise your phone up slowly and watch history come alive before your eyes.

High schoolers, historians, hoteliers and high-tech programming all played a critical role in developing the new Walking App for Visit Helena Montana (Helena Tourism Alliance and Tourism Business Improvement District/TBID). Both the Apple version and Android versions of the app have launched. If you have previously downloaded the walking app, update your app to access the new features.

Visit Helena Montana’s first walking app launched in December 2012 and has seen many updates through the years.

2017 Helena High School graduates Sam Luther and Bernard Kintzing, with the leadership of Cory Albright at 52 Sierra, a local Helena company, have developed the technology that allows users to raise their smart phones at specific locations and see a geographically-relevant image of historic Helena.

The historic images used in the app were generously donated by the Montana Historical Society, Lewis & Clark County Historic Preservation Commission and many other private collections including those of Toby DeWolf, the David Poor Collection, the Ted Kirkmeyer Collection (courtesy of Tom Mulvaney), Sean Logan, Kennon Baird and HelenaHistory.org.

Left to Right: Ellen Baumler, Sam Luther, Bernard Kintzing, Cory Albright, Anna Strange