Cedar Rapids to install historic markers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Finding historic spots in Cedar Rapids is going to be a little easier.

The city's Historic Preservation Commission has started an initiative to put up hundreds of informational plaques throughout the area.

The commission unveiled one of the historic markers Wednesday outside the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Each marker is meant to show respect to the city's historic structures, people, and neighborhoods. The plaques will also have photos, historic information, and QR codes. With those codes you can visit a website to get more information about that particular place.

"This is kind of a taste of history so to speak on these markers and then it kind of gets you an initial understanding of some of these histories of these sites but there obviously a lot more to tell and this is a way to get people interested, involved, and hopefully delve into this a little bit deeper," said Mark Stoffer Hunter of the History Center.

The commission plans to install 50 markers this fall. Eventually, there will be about 200 in the city.