Main Streets are uniquely American, a powerful symbol of shared experience, of common memory, of challenge and struggle in building a town. Through history the name embraced a variety of urban forms — a New England township, the central street in a neat grid, the city center at the junction of diagonal boulevards, the downtown mall in the remade city of the later twentieth century.
Yet Main Street was familiar, always recognizable as the heart and soul of village town or city.
The program began in 1981 as a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is among the most successful downtown revitalization programs in the nation. Mount Vernon became a Texas Main Street in 1992 and has achieved National Main Street Community status numerous times.
The Texas Main Street Program is a part of the Texas Historical Commission’s Community Heritage Development Division and helps cities revitalize their historic downtown districts by using preservation and economic development strategies.