The Texas Historical Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation recently recognized 52 National Main Street Cities in Texas. Recognized were Amarillo, Bastrop, Bay City, Beaumont, Brenham, Canton, Canyon, Carthage, Celina, Clifton, Comanche, Cotulla, Denton, Elgin, Farmersville, Gainesville, Georgetown, Goliad, Gonzales, Grapevine, Greenville, Harlingen, Henderson, Hillsboro, Huntsville, Kilgore, La Grange, Laredo, Levelland, Livingston, Llano, Longview, Lufkin, Luling, McKinney, Mineola, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Nacogdoches, New Braunfels, Odessa, Plainview, Rockwall, Royse City, San Angelo, San Marcos, Seguin, Sonora, Taylor, Tyler, Waxahachie, and Weatherford.

"In 2011, the Texas Main Street Program celebrates its 30th anniversary and that means we have not only newer programs but also many cities whose Main Street programs have stood the test of time," said Debra Farst, state coordinator of the Texas Main Street Program.

"This recognition honors the many partners of Main Street in each community as well as the progress each program has made. Whether recently designated or long-time programs, year to year, the hard work of the many community members involved in the Main Street process pays off. Through a focus on preserving their authentic historic downtowns, the whole community benefits."

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center will honor the recognized cities at the 2011 National Main Streets Conference to be held in Des Moines, Iowa in May.

Cities chosen as National Main Street Cities must show above average performance in 10 categories. The selection criteria focus on planning, staff and volunteers, preservation ethic, training and program assessment.

For more information, call 512.463.5758.

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