Bogata Historic District Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

The Bogata Historic District in Red River County was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) assisted in the nomination of this district in recognition of its importance to the history of Bogata and the State of Texas. Noted for its historical significance, the district joins other properties around the state with National Register status.

The Bogata Historic District was listed at the local level of significance in the areas of Commerce and Community Planning & Development.  Comprised predominantly of modest one- and two-story commercial block buildings built between 1910 and 1920, the district represents the central business core of the small agricultural community of Bogata. Development of the district was a direct outgrowth of the establishment of local rail service in 1910, which spurred the relocation of the commercial area and the immediate construction of a series of permanent buildings along Main Street in proximity to the new rail line. The focused boom-period development of the district in the early twentieth century coupled with lack of sustained growth or development in later decades provides a significant glimpse into the historic patterns of community planning and development in railroad towns in rural Texas during the early twentieth century and the outsized role of transportation infrastructure in that development.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a federal program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect the country’s historic and archeological resources. The National Register includes more than 3,300 listings in Texas. Listing affords properties a measure of protection from the possible impact of federally funded projects, as well as access to technical expertise and grant funds to facilitate their restoration and preservation. Income-producing properties are also eligible for federal tax benefits for sympathetic rehabilitation work.

To learn more about the National Register of Historic Places, contact the THC’s History Programs Division at 512-463-5853 or visit