History Nebraska announces that the downtown area of Hastings is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. History Nebraska National Register Coordinator David Calease says this is one of the largest areas in the state to be named to the Register.
Calease says, “It encompasses the downtown core of Hastings. Well over 100 properties within that area that contribute to the commercial development of Hastings. Throughout the period of significance, which runs from the earliest building, 1879 up to 50 years from when it was nominated in 2018. The period of significance runs up to 1968.”
History shows the downtown area of Hastings was influenced by the Burlington Northern Railroad and the original route of the Lincoln Highway. It contains a collection of 103 late-19th century to early to mid-20th century commercial buildings. The area runs from between West 3rd Street, North Colorado Avenue, North Burlington Avenue and the Burlington Northern railroad tracks.
Calease says this is a distinction of being a site that remains its historical integrity. He says, “Part of the biggest benefit that people get out of this is the historic tax credit that they are now eligible for. These downtown businesses, if someone wants to rehabilitate their property, they can do that through the historic tax credit. Nebraska is very fortunate in addition to the federal tax credit there is also a state tax credit. Not all states have that privilege and benefit.”
There are currently 19 listings in the National Register of Historic Places in Adams County alone.
Photo courtesy of History Nebraska.