I strongly encourage and endorse this nomination. Houston and Chickasaw County has such a rich and diverse heritage worthy of preservation and recognition. As Bill Gatlin stated, this nomination does not take away property owners’ rights but provides them with added benefits should they choose to maintain, preserve, or restore the historic appearance of the property. Houston has lost too many of its treasures, the Houston Hotel, Hospital, Tabb Building, High School, and more. A National Register listing will open doors in saving our remaining historical resources.
In addition to the National Register Nomination, Houston should also invest in becoming a Certified Local Government, making it eligible for additional historic preservation and restoration grants. Many of ours neighboring cities have long been members and have reaped the benefits of additional funding. These funds are also available to use on our schools and courthouses.
As a gateway community on the Tanglefoot Trail, we need to have additional attractions to draw tourists and businesses to our town. As a National Register listed community and should we pursue it, a Certified Local Government, Houston would be in a position to revitalize downtown and other historic districts becoming more attractive to tourist, future residents, and new businesses.
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