• Osceola tries for Commercial Historic District distinction

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    October 05, 2017

    The City of Osceola, along with Osceola Chamber Main Street, is attempting to have downtown declared a Commercial Historic District. on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Register keeps track of property with historical significance. Whether it’s an architectural style or the site of events responsible for major change, protecting these resources provides communities with untold resources. They’re points of interest, but also of pride and offer citizens insight into how our societies evolved. That said, there are a lot of historically significant buildings across the country slowly turning to dust.

    Every building, every district, every piece of property that’s made its mark on civilization won’t be saved. Many have been poorly renovated, erasing the best lessons they had to share, or left to rot. Others have literally been demolitioned to protect the public or make way for new types of progress. Securing a place on the Historic Register is a long and detailed process.

    According to Osceola Historic Preservation Committee member Ann Diehl, once an applications is made, the Committee and the Mayor have to study the property to ensure it meets all qualifications. They also have to host a public meeting to ensure no stone has been left unturned.

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    Contact:
    Derek Lumsden
    ocms@iowatelecom.net, (641) 342-4200