Mpls history at your fingertips

Preserve Minneapolis is out with a free smartphone app highlighting a couple of historic walking tours in the city.

You can explore the Old Highland neighborhood of North Minneapolis and Marcy-Holmes.

The Old Highland tour highlights several historic homes and other properties. When you click on a point on the map you get a detailed history of the building and stories of the people who once called it home.

The Marcy-Holmes walking tour features 24 sites in a neighborhood that was once the town of St. Anthony Falls — the city’s birthplace. Some of the points on the walking tour feature audio clips with commentary by historians and residents.