Historic Missouri Town Gets National Park Designation

By |2018-05-16T10:09:53-05:00May 14, 2018 10:09 am|Local News|0 Comments

STE. GENEVIEVE, MO (KDKZ-TV) A local city is getting a national park designation.

The long-sought formation of the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was signed into law in March. The designation authorizes the National Park Service to acquire about 13 acres for inclusion in the park.

Getting the designation was the culmination of decades of effort that local officials hope will bring more tourists to the small Mississippi River town where French houses date back centuries.

Congress ordered the U.S. Department of Interior in 2005 to study whether part of the city and county meet federal criteria to be included in the national park system. The 2010 study was supposed to take three years, but it wasn’t until 2015 that the park service released its findings, declaring dozens of properties as historically significant and suitable for a park designation.

The park will likely open in a few years, and specifics about how it will function remain largely unknown.

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