This revitalized historic warehouse district features the charm of turn-of-the-century buildings, brick streets, street lights and boardwalks. Over 200 buisnesses in a ten block area create the largest concentrated shopping, dining and entertainment area in Kansas.
At the turn of the century, the area along the railroad tracks was brimming with the energy and activity of manufacturers, wholesalers, jobbers and retailers. It was Wichita’s premiere “manufacturing and transportation” district. As trucking and airlines became the transportation of choice for businesses, the necessity of locating business adjacent to the railroad became a thing of the past. As Wichita’s downtown shifted to the west, the massive steel, timber, concrete and red brick buildings once a vital part of a thriving economy now stood as aging and often empty reminders of days gone by.
The Old Town Marketplace which has over 60 historic buildings is being carefully restored to its original grandeur and beauty. The district now includes pedestrian friendly red-brick streets with raised boardwalks, historic lighting, landscaping and free parking. Community police officers, a Saturday trolley and valet parking services all contribute to the fun for the entire family atmosphere.
The Old Town Marketplace is once again a vibrant and thriving district. It is a study of contrasts – high energy night clubs, distinctive restaurants, special events, upscale hotel suites, loft-warehouse-apartments, quaint and contemporary retail shops, a Saturday Farmer’s Market and nationally recognized professional firms.
The road in downtown Hays City that is now known as Main Street was originally called Chestnut Street in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The word “City” was officially dropped from the name Hays City in 1885 and by 1930, the streets were renamed at the request of the postal service for a more orderly naming scheme. Chestnut Street was renamed “Main Street”. The historic markers, buildings and streets in the Chestnut Street District provide visitors the opportunity to step back in time and relive the history of downtown Hays.
Today the Chestnut Street District is a great place to meet with friends, dine, shop and enjoy entertainment opportunities. Downtown Hays is undergoing a process of restoration driven by the desire to preserve the history and community pride while creating the excitement of the old fashioned main street. There are over 80 different businesses located in the Chestnut Street District including specialty stores, retail shops, and unique restaurants. rnTo view the Downtown Hays brochure, copy and paste the file below into your web browser. http://issuu.com/newspublishing/docs/historicdowntownhays
The Yates Center Courthouse Square Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in May of 1986. It is comprised of 41 buildings, two structures and one site built between 1883 and 1928. The district is made up of a concentration of two-story sandstone and brick Italianate and one- and two-story brick. Early 20th Century Commercial buildings are located on all four sides of the Courthouse Square. These buildings represent the historical, judicial and commercial core of the city and display a moderate to high degree of architectural integrity.
Lake of the Forest Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Downtown Augusta, Inc. is a Main Street program with the State of Kansas. They help to develop the downtown area, maintaining the downtown historical businesses, attracting new businesses, and revitalizing business growth. Strengthening the downtown area in economical development, working to create employment, and stabilizing current businesses.
Downtown Augusta, Inc. is a non-profit organization.