The National Register of Historic Places hosted a celebration Thursday between the Erath arches with a reception following inside the Paradigm building. Guest speakers included Stephenville Mayor Doug Svien and former Mayor Kenny Weldon.

The National Park Service confirmed that the Stephenville Downtown Historic District and Erath County Arches have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

President of Tarleton State University Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio was also in attendance.

“This is a historic day for Stephenville. Being listed on the National Register of Historic Places speaks to the quality of life in our community and positions us well for an even brighter future in the years to come,” Dottavio said.

Weldon agreed.

“The historic district designation is an example of the unity and stewardship in our community,” Weldon said. “The downtown square represents the pulse of our community, it gives us a sense of place and belonging.

“The historic district designation will help preserve our downtown, as a celebration of our past and a gathering place for our community with renewed energy, both today and in the future. It will also serve as a catalyst for revitalization and economic development, because the designation will allow building owners to receive significant tax rebates for renovation projects.”