WEBB CITY, MO.--- There are several advantages to being added to the national register of historic places. Not only do history buffs from all over the world have another town to talk about, but it's also good for building owners in Webb City's downtown historical district.
"We are now eligible for tax abatements and tax incentives that are offered by the state and the federal government for people wanting to restore and preserve their buildings," said Erin Turner, Economic and Community Development Coordinator.
Business owners believe Webb City's history has a lot to offer the public.
"I just know this area. It's quaint, it's vibrant, there's things happening in downtown Webb City that people should come experience, and so I wanted to be near that," said Kevin Sidenstricker, Sidenstricker Voice Services.
He says having the federal and state government's help to share the information allows the community to grow.
"Revitalizing the area, generating revenues for the city, bringing back memories to the age of people who grew up here and see these things come back to life, and specially for the children," said Sidensticker.
City leaders say Webb City wouldn't be here if it weren't for the past mining era. In order to keep that legacy growing, they'd like to incorporate a driving and walking tour for adults and Webb City's youth.
"We would like to maybe sort of integrate tours for our students, primary students, and that way they could sort of latch on and hold onto their heritage," said Turner.
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