Dallas History On Demand

New app lets users explore downtown Dallas like never before

New app lets users explore downtown Dallas like never before

Bank of America Plaza in Downtown Dallas
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Dallas World Aquarium are just two of nearly 80 locations highlighted in the new Pegasus Urban Trails app. Photo courtesy of Bank of America Plaza
Map on Pegasus Urban Trails app
Seven different areas in and around downtown Dallas can be explored with the app. Photo courtesy of Pegasus Urban Trails
Bank of America Plaza in Downtown Dallas
Map on Pegasus Urban Trails app

The history of downtown Dallas is rich and unique, and a new app called Pegasus Urban Trails brings even more depth to its landscape for curious users. Named after the iconic flying red horse on top of the 1922 Magnolia building, the app was developed by Preservation Dallas and Urban Armadillos, a group whose mission is to create so-called "urban trails."

The app features an interactive map that lets users explore trails in seven different areas in and around downtown Dallas: Dallas Arts District, Thanksgiving Commercial Center, Deep Ellum, Dallas Farmers Market District, Main Street District, Reunion District & Civic Center and the West End Historic District.

Significant buildings or landmarks in each area are highlighted; a tap on each icon brings up detailed information about that location. Although much of the material is likely familiar for Dallas-area residents, there are some obscure gems, like the fact that around 30,000 people viewed Clyde Barrow's body at Belo Mansion after his death in 1934.

Although the app is mostly aimed at out-of-town visitors, it has something to offer for Dallas residents as well. It eschews most high-rise buildings, most of which have relatively short histories, in favor of locations that either are popular tourist attractions or those with storied pasts that can't be ignored.

In addition to historical facts, the app doles out info on architecture, the arts and pop culture. In all, almost 80 locations are featured on the app.

The Pegasus Urban Trails app is free to download and is available on both Google Play and the App Store on iTunes.