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Property Name BELLE PLAINE MAIN STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT
Reference Number 13000828
State Iowa
County Benton
Town Belle Plaine
Street Address CENTERED ALONG 12TH STREET FROM 7TH AVENUE ON WEST TO 9TH AVENUE ON EAST. FROM 11TH STREET ON THE SOUTH TO 13TH STREET ON THE NORTH
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/16/2013
Areas of Significance COMMERCE, ARCHITECTURE, TRANSPORTATION
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000828.pdf
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The Belle Plaine Main Street Historic District is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, locally significant in association witll the role of transportation in the settlement of Belle Plaine and in the development of the commercial district over an extended period of time. The resources of the Belle Plaine Main Street Historic District are representative of the continuum of commercial development spanning the period from 1885 through the mid-20th century. Belle Plaine was platted by representatives of the railroad that was, from 1863 through 1960, the backbone of the community's economy. The commercial district grew up ~djacent and parallel to the line of the Chicago & North Western Railway, providing convenient access for the exchange of goods, and the city's commercial prosperity directly mirrored the size and services of the railroad in Belle Plaine at any given point in the city's history.

 

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