“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Markers as Points-of-Interest for Your TomTom

This Dutch-designed import has come up from behind to become the world’s best selling portable navigation device, with established players such as Garmin rushing to market devices with similar profiles and ease-of-use features. If you have a TomTom with POI download capability, you can store the title and location of every historical marker in this database into your unit.
TomTom showing a marker
Select a Point-Of-Interest Screen
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A marker, as you know, is an indication that history is nearby. They are often gatekeepers to historical sites. You can easily ask your TomTom to plot a course to any marker and lead you there, or you can program it to alert you when you are driving (or walking) near a marker.

The free Point-of-Interest file is very small, so it does not take up much space in its memory, and you can easily discard it and replace it with a fresh file. But there’s always a “gotcha,” isn’t there?

The gotcha is that the TomTom accepts automatic downloads only through its TomTom HOME program and website. This rules out the possibility of providing a button on this site that will auto-generate an up-to-date POI file with latest updates to the database and download it to your device. POI files for TomTom HOME must be manually created and uploaded for sharing on TomTom HOME this is very time-consuming and not much fun. And the file is stale a few minutes later when someone uploads a new marker to the website. The POI file you’ll find there is from 2012!

But if you have some computer savvy, you can (1) download these two files right now: Historical Marker.ov2 and Historical Marker.bmp. (2) Connect your TomTom to your computer and ignore TomTom HOME when it comes up. (3) Instead, go to This PC or My Computer where you will see all your hard drives and one of them will be your TomTom. Double-click that and make your way to the folder named for the map that you use. It may be named "United States" or "United States and Canada" or something else. (4) Open that folder and (5) drag and drop the two files to it. (6) Finally, use TomTom HOME to disconnect your device and you're done!

These files are as of June 26, 2017. If it is getting stale, let the editor know and eventually he'll come up with a fresh one.

Can’t wait? Do it yourself! Download this up-to-the-minute GPX file: All markers, title only, and use a copy of PoiEdit software to convert from GPX to OV2 file format. PoiEdit is free of charge and downloadable from this site Use the batch covert tool to go from GPX to OV2 file. It will take many many minutes of hourglass watching, but it will work.
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