FALLS CITY – Falls City is among five Nebraska communities designated as Main Street America this year.
The National Main Street Center recognizes commitment to preservation and revitalization in its yearly accreditation process.
Sarah Ahern (Ay-hurn) of Gatherings Market said the designation opens opportunities for grant applications and funding that will help the beautification program and encourage people to experience Falls City.
Ahern: “I think that we have a really unique mix of shops and different little boutique stores with items that you can’t find anywhere else. I also think we have a lot of history here in our downtown. We have some beautiful, old buildings and a lot of store owners have put a huge emphasis on restoring those buildings and keeping the history of Falls City alive.”
Falls City became a Heritage Nebraska Main Street in 2010.
Its vision for the downtown includes an updated streetscape and upper floor housing, as well as lodging, dining and shopping experiences.
The downtown features what locals call “Falls City charm” with is cobblestone streets, courthouse square and historic buildings.
The John Philip Falter Museum openend in 2015 in the lobby of the former Richardson County Bank.