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Pittsburg commercial district added to National Registry of Historic Places

PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) -

A large portion of one East Texas town is being named an historical site Tuesday morning, and the public is invited to attend the celebration.

Pittsburg's downtown commercial district is being named to the National Registry of Historic Places.

The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, where a plaque will be unveiled along the storefronts honoring Pittsburg's addition to the National Register.

And with Tuesday's ceremony, Pittsburg's commercial district becomes the first area in Camp County added to the National Registry of Historic Places.

There are 88 storefronts in Pittsburg's commercial district, and Mayor Shawn Kennington says he believes it's one of the largest additions ever to the national registry.

"We started about a year ago, working with the Texas Historic Commission and our local Camp County Historic Commission, the city of Pittsburg, and a lot of volunteers contacted them," he explained. "There's a lot of walking done, logging of the buildings, to be presented to the Parks Department to be included in the National Registry."

He says that because of the city's museums and historical architecture, many people wanted to add Pittsburg to the registry to show off its unique history.

"Pittsburg's a great place to be. We've got a lot of great people," Kennington said. "Like I said, we've got a lot of architectural integrity in the town, a lot of history. And we feel like history is very important. Our history, our legacy is very important."

Representative Bryan Hughes and members of the Texas Historic Commission were on hand to help the town celebrate.

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