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North Platte looking to be added to National Registry of Historic Places

Community members look at historical displays of days gone by at an open house hosted by the North Platte Historic Preservation Commission. The commission is hoping to get North Platte's Historic buildings considered by the National Resister of Historic Places. (SOURCE: Melanie Standiford KNOP-TV).
Community members look at historical displays of days gone by at an open house hosted by the North Platte Historic Preservation Commission. The commission is hoping to get North Platte's Historic buildings considered by the National Resister of Historic Places. (SOURCE: Melanie Standiford KNOP-TV).(KNOP)
Published: Oct. 28, 2019 at 10:45 PM CDT
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North Platte looking to be added to National Registry of Historic Places. An Omaha consultant started the process at an open house Monday. The North Platte Historic Preservation Commission hosted the event.

Being recognized on the National Registry of Historic Places could mean extra funding for preserving North Platte's Historical District. The Open House coincides with consultant and architectural historian Stephanie Rouse's visit. She went from building to building Monday to put together histories, and to narrow the area down to a district that's eligible for the register.

Steven Granger, North Platte's Historic Preservation Commissioner, said "We're trying to get north of the tracks to get to the historical district too. So we're seeing if we can't get across the tracks to start doing some areas over there as well, cause right now we've been concentrating on the area we call "original downtown."

While older buildings (at least 50-years-old) can be considered, Rouse says the bulk of the project is being focused upon from 4th to 6th streets, one block west of Jeffers, and over to Chestnut. She anticipates first drafts for nominations to be ready by February or March of next year, and to the State Board for review for approval by the August 2020 meeting.

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