RIBBON CUTTING & Reception - Stephenville Downtown Historic District DesignationName: RIBBON CUTTING & Reception - Stephenville Downtown Historic District DesignationDate: July 19, 2018Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CDTRegistration: Register NowEvent Description:
Please join us for a community reception to celebrate the recent historic designation for Stephenville's Downtown District and the Erath Arches.
We will gather at the Paradigm Building at First Baptist Church for a reception and will then cut the ribbon between the arches on the corner of Washington St. and Erath Ave.
After the reception, the community is invited to continue the celebration by visiting Stephenville Downtown Merchants for their annual Ice Cream Social from 6:00 - 8:00 pm followed by the Texstar Ford Summer Concert in the City Park featuring Ricky Skaggs at 8:00 pm.
The National Park Service has confirmed that the Stephenville Downtown Historic District and Erath County Arches has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation.
The National Register designation will provide a prestigious recognition for Downtown Stephenville, promote tourism and economic development, and provide eligibility for individual property owners to apply and receive state and financial incentives for rehabilitation of buildings.
The Stephenville Downtown Historic District will now be listed with some of the nation's most prestigious historic districts including Charleston, South Carolina and New Orleans' French Quarter.
The National Register of Historic Places is a federal program administered in our state by the Texas Historical Commission in coordination with the National Park Service. There are over 300 districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Texas today.
City staff has been working with a consultant since 2016 to conduct individual property surveys, research historical photos, and prepare the district for National Register nomination.
"The city is very proud of this nomination," said Deputy City Administrator Jeremy Allen. "Our council had a vision two years ago to bring recognition to the downtown area and today it is a reality."
Source: Stephenville Empire-Tribune (2018.05.07)
Erath Arches: Registered Texas Historic Landmark featuring two mirror imaged quarried limestone arches, complete with a bronze plaque sketching the life of Major George B. Erath. Protector of the Texas frontier, hero of San Jacinto, major in the Confederate Army, and a member of the Texas Congress and Legislature, Erath County was named in his honor.
Source: Historical Interest Map