Downtown Neligh got some big news late Wednesday morning.
The Nebraska State Historical Society announced that the Downtown Neligh Historic District, generally situated along Main Street from 5th Street and 2nd Street, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Downtown Neligh Historic District contains 41 contributing resources that demonstrate the commercial development of Neligh from roughly 1887 to 1964. The historic district functioned as the central business area of Neligh since the opening of the Neligh Mill one block south of the District at the southwest corner of Main and West 2nd Street in 1874, largely in support of the local agricultural community.
The commercial buildings within the District illustrate the evolution of Neligh from a mill site and railed depot to a thriving agricultural community and county seat. The resources within the District represent the evolving commercial needs of the citizens of Neligh.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's inventory of properties deemed worthy of preservation. It is part of a national program to coordinate and support local and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect the nation's historic and archeological resources.
The National Register was developed to recognize historic places and their role in contributing to our country's heritage. Properties listed in the National Register either individually or as contributing to a historic district are eligible for State and Federal tax incentives. For more information on the National Register program in Nebraska, contact the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office at the Nebraska State Historical Society at (402) 471-4775 or visit history.nebraska.gov.