Posted July 12, 2016
Ohio History for the PokÃ©mon Trainer
By Kieran Robertson
Do you play PokÃ©mon Go? Even if you haven’t played the game yourself, you’ve likely spotted it on the news or seen your friends’ PokÃ©mon pictures on social media. But what does this have to do with Ohio history?
This new cell phone app has players walking all over town to track down PokÃ©mon and PokÃ©stops or to battle for ownership of gyms. Users can track down and catch PokÃ©mon in real life locations. For example, here is a Squirtle I met in the park.
Still confused about PokÃ©
mon Go? Check out their website here
The app encourages physical activity, as it requires visits to local sites of interest to grab supplies at a PokÃ©stop or take control of a gym.
Are you a PokÃ©mon trainer, but also a history enthusiast? Are you looking to learn more about those PokÃ©stops you have been eagerly searching for? Lucky for you, the Ohio History Connection and the Ohio Village in Columbus are filled with historically important PokÃ©stops! In addition, both the museum and the village have been declared gyms.
The Conway Mastadon at the Ohio History Center is a PokÃ©stop. When you encounter these sites, don’t forget to read a little about them and look up to enjoy the real thing!
So come on by the museum, and bring your PokÃ©mon with you! Just don’t forget to do as the app suggests and “stay aware of your surroundings.” Who knows what you might learn!
For those PokÃ©mon trainers not in Columbus, don’t despair! Check out our list of historic sites across Ohio right here. While I have not personally taken my PokÃ©dex across the state to search for PokÃ©stops and gyms, there’s a good chance that some of these sites are included in the game!
Have you learned something really interesting about Ohio history while playing PokÃ©mon Go? Discovered a new historic site that you’re crazy about? Tell us your story in the comments below!