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Mineola celebrates 141 years of history with national ranking


POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 6:48pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:41am

The city of Mineola is celebrating 141 years of history, and has been recognized for its historical importance. Mineola has been added to the "National Register of Historic Places".

The city has been working to restore buildings for 25 years. KETK spoke with the Mineola Community Director, Lynda Rauscher, who said, "Over the 25 years they've gone from 65 percent of their businesses boarded up downtown, to a nationally registered district. That's quite an achievement". Other cities on the list include Washington D.C and Arlington, Virginia.

This was possible largely thanks to volunteers and local business owners who spent time, and $26 million investing in the district. Rauscher said, "There are 83 buildings in our downtown historic district, and 53 of those were contributing buildings to the district. Meaning they kept their historic integrity". These buildings date back from 1885 through 1960.

Officials encouraged participation by offering business owners benefits. Rauscher said, "We give them a thousand dollar matching grant to help them improve the facades of the buildings". They hope this ranking will bring more heritage and tourism to Mineola.

The celebration will continue this weekend, when Mineola officials will unveil a new plaque at Peterson Park. The event will begin 10 a.m..

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I was raised in Mineola in the 50's and 60's. That pic is of the old First National Bank Building. I've been there many times. Just down the street is the old Threater and between them was a barber shop. On the left side of Hwy 80 about two buildings to the east from the bank was Kitchens Hardware. Little speciality shops were located across Hwy 80. The interesting thing is there were two houses of prostitution located just across from the depot. A high class hotel on the north side

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