Route 66 landmark awarded preservation grant

A historic landmark is getting a facelift thanks to a cost-share grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.

Nelson’s Old Riverton Store was awarded a $2,500 matching grant for an upgrade to the 94-year-old building’s exterior.

The tuck-pointing project will begin once the Kansas State Historical Society and the National Park Service approves project materials.

The shop’s owner hopes to begin construction in early fall, making changes that will last a lifetime.

“If you can protect the interior through a strong exterior and having all the bricks nice and sealed, that helps maintain the building so it’ll last into the next century,” said Scott Nelson, current owner of Nelson’s Old Riverton Store.

This is the store’s third corridor preservation grant, but it could be the last, as the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to end in October.

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