City Square Park Bandstand, 100 S. Ninth St., Humboldt

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April 8, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Sometimes, you have to change the law to get what you want.

A group of Humboldt residents, dedicated to preserving downtown buildings, worked with legislators in 2013 to change a state law on restrictions imposed on places on the National Register of Historic Places. They wanted the historical designation for the city’s bandstand in the downtown square, but local business owners were concerned about restrictions on properties within 500 feet of a historical property. City leaders also wondered how it would affect maintenance of the city’s water tower on the square.

Thanks to efforts by a group of Humboldt residents and others including Sen. Caryn Tyson and then-state representative Ed Bide-au, who also was working on behalf of a proposed historic district in Chanute, legislators agreed to remove the 500-feet restrictions. The city added the bandstand to the national register Jan. 8, 2014.

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