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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Historic Downtowns


Brownsville street scene

MAIN STREET REPRISE

Main Street was once the heart and soul of communities all across Texas. But after we began our mass exodus to the suburbs during the second half of the 20th century we saw the collapse of a lively downtown in almost every community in the state. Merchants folded, businesses relocated, movie theaters shut down, and citizens stopped traveling downtown to work, shop, and socialize. "Won't be much to do in town with the picture show closed," Duane says to Sonny in the famous adaptation of Larry McMurtry's The Last Picture Show. "Yeah," Sonny replies. It was a prescient exchange that echoed all over Texas. But fast-forward to the present and discover a revitalization of historic downtown Main Street occurring in communities from the Rio Grande Valley to the Panhandle-Plains.

Unlike the generic, big-box reality of the outlying suburbs, our downtowns define who we are, where we came from, and, thanks to a renewed appreciation in our historic city centers, what we want to become as Texas communities. Visit your own downtown or one of the over 80 Texas Main Street Program cities across the state. You'll find historic buildings and town squares bustling with culture, cuisine, and commerce. A good place to spend the day or a lifetime.



Upcoming Events

  • Market on the Square Logo

    August 26, 2017 - 7:00am to 12:00pm

    Downtown Marshall
    1 Peter Whetstone Square
    Marshall  Texas  75670
    United States

    The Harrison County Farmers Market has been proudly serving the community for 50 years, and has joined forces with Marshall Main Street Program. The Market is newly relocated to the Courthouse Square and will feature special events and...

  • August 26, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Downtown Huntsville
    University Ave
    Huntsville  Texas  77340
    United States

    Join the Main Street Program as we have our first annual Eats on the Streets starting on June 17th then continuing every last Saturday of the month, July through October, from 11am to 3pm in Downtown Huntsville.


Mobile Tour

Town Square Walk Around mobile tour home page.Explore historic Texas towns with the Town Square Walk Around mobile tour, featuring a rich blend of images, videos, maps, and useful visitor information for exploring historical sites across Texas.

Cities featured in the mobile tour include: Gainesville, Denton, Dallas, Waxahachie, Hillsboro, West, Waco, Georgetown, San Marcos, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Cotulla, and Laredo.