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Pokemon Go Helps Players Explore Local Historical Sites

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Grier and Sam Calagione catch Pokemon (Photo: WBOC) Grier and Sam Calagione catch Pokemon (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. - The Pokemon Go app is bringing people to historical landmarks, teaching them a thing or two about where they live.

Sam and Grier Calagione, 16 and 14, live in Lewes and said they have caught dozens of Pokemon in the first city in the first state.

"It's been crazy because every time we have like free time we want to play, you go out with your friends and there are other groups going out and you just walk around town and at night there's like 30 groups of friends walking around Lewes," Sam said.

The app uses your phone's GPS and camera to locate the little creatures. It also brings you to locations to purchase items, and those locations happen to be local historical landmarks.

"My friends and I will be sitting at home and be like, let's go down to historical Lewes and catch some stuff and then we'll walk around here," Grier said.

"I go in the historical society now and I would just avoid that place before," Sam added. "So it's probably bringing business to them in some way."

There are so-called "Pokestops" throughout historical Lewes, Lightship Overfalls being one, and according to the Calagione siblings, not only does the game bring them outside to new sites, but it also has led them to meet interesting people.

"There was some guy sitting here the other day and I just sat down and talked to him for 30 minutes," Sam said. "He said he lived in Rehoboth and has been playing Pokemon for like 20 years, so it's kinda crazy."

"Whenever there's a lure that brings people to a certain area, we'll go there and there will be like 25 people and we'll talk about our team and like which Pokemon we have which ones we caught today, where we caught them," Grier said.

Both Calagiones said they think Pokemon Go will change how video games and apps are created in the future.

In full disclosure, the teens are close family members of the owner of WBOC.

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