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Downtown Neligh is one step closer to being on the national registry for historical places after receiving state approval on Friday.
The Nebraska State Historical Society's review board approved the Downtown Neligh Historic District, moving the process on to the National Park Service. Within the next 45 days, the National Park Service will either approve the listing, send the application back for revision or decline the application.
Neligh Mayor Joe Hartz called the approval and important step to preserving the history of the community.
"This is a great thing for Neligh and for Antelope County," Hartz said. "It's a great start to bringing new life into our historical downtown district. We have tremendous buildings, and we need to salvage and preserve them. It's important for our children to see the history of our downtown district, so to redeem them and turn it into a historical site is tremendous for the area."