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Dallas committed to preserving historic places

July 6, 2018

The City of Dallas has committed to preserving its historic places by developing a local preservation program and participating in the federal Certified Local Government (CLG) program.
The city has been officially approved as a CLG, as a part of the program of the National Park Service which is coordinated on the state level by the State Historic Preservation Office. The program requires communities to have a preservation program that includes a board or commission and a process to designate local historic landmarks. Benefits of participation include technical assistance and grant funding.
Dallas downtown has a historic fabric that includes commercial and government buildings, churches and homes, all surrounding the prominent Polk County Courthouse and Courthouse Square. In the 1960s, County officials considered demolishing the 1898 courthouse. Appeals from local citizens to preserve it, led to the passage of a bond measure that allowed construction of an annex behind the courthouse, retaining the original structure.

Today the Courthouse is among several properties designated by the Dallas Local Landmarks Register and the surrounding Square has become a local gathering place. Mayor Brian Dalton, whose family dates back in Dallas to 1899, is an ardent supporter of historic preservation in Dallas.  He notes that “CLG status is a key element for assuring the prosperity of our downtown and further strengthens the Dallas community’s commitment to preserving its historical fabric as a key to its success in the modern world.” 
Dallas is the 53rd local government in Oregon to become a CLG. Other preservation activities in Dallas include building restoration projects through grant funding and participation in the Oregon Main Street Network.
For more information about the CLG and other preservation programs, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.