YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. >> A preserved section of a plant where Rosie the Riveter built World War II bombers has been rededicated.
The part of the old Willow Run Bomber Plant will become the home of the Yankee Air Museum.
A ceremony was held Tuesday. It marked the beginning of major construction of the National Museum of Aviation and Technology in Washtenaw County’s Ypsilanti Township.
The ceremony came 74 years to the day after the dedication of the bomber plant that produced a B-24 every hour at its peak.
Willow Run’s state historical marker is being relocated to the area where the museum is being created. It’s expected to open in late 2017.
Audio-tour company adds cities
Detour, the location-based, downloadable audio-tour company, has expanded from San Francisco and Austin, Texas, to offer a total of 21 tours in eight cities. The new locations are Paris; London; Berlin; Barcelona, Spain; New York; and Marrakech, Morocco.
The tours offer quirky, narrated themed stories like “Memories of the Medina” for Marrakech and a hip-hop tour of the South Bronx for New York.
Detour uses GPS and other technology to guide users on nearby routes that take 30 minutes to two hours on foot.
Most of the tours cost $5. Customers can even form groups and take the tours together. They’re available for iPhone users now with Android versions expected later this year.
Detour was founded and funded by Andrew Mason, founder of Groupon.
Let app be your Washington guide
A new mobile sightseeing app compiles information on more than 1,000 free attractions in the state of Washington along with recommendations from local experts.
The app includes deals for U.S. Open visitors, but other features can be used anytime. The app includes free audio tours, including walking tours of waterfront communities Kirkland and Edmonds; recommendations for selfie stops, with sharable “PhotoOps” — a photo-sharing platform of local sights — like Volunteer Park’s Black Sun in Seattle, which inspired Soundgarden’s hit “Black Hole Sun”; and the downtown Seattle Escala Tower, made famous by E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey.” See visitwa.biz.
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