The outlook for Canton is bright with many new exciting projects and programs in the works. You may download a summary of current major initiatives and future projects.
Did you know Canton, TX supports a
population boom of 250,000 visitors
Well, it does. Canton grows to be the
seventh largest city in Texas when
Trade Days is held with over 7,000
vendor spaces set up in the 450-acre
First Monday Park to sell their wares.
Canton is only 60 miles east of Dallas
119 N. Buffalo St., Canton, Texas 75103
Tel: 903.567.1851 | Fax: 903.567.1872
Canton, A Texas Main Street and National Main Street City
For detailed program information, current news and events information, see the new Canton Main Street web site here.
With such a vivid past since 1850, downtown Canton has evolved into a quaint and peaceful town with a turn-of-the-century-looking town square, however, don’t let that fool you for Canton is hopping with activity downtown and all around.
Now a Main Street City and a National Main Street City, the historic downtown offers many venues for shopping, including elegant antiques and collectibles, antique malls, retail clothing, Victorian tea room and more. The city also has new sidewalks that are handicapped accessible and new period light posts, a project of Main Street through a grant from TxDOT.
Canton became a Main Street City and National Main Street city in 2001. Members of the Advisory Board were selected from the community and restoration of Downtown Canton began.
As the major fundraiser for the year, Main Street board members and volunteers plan the Autumn Stroll Festival held in October annually. This project raises enough funds to perform major projects during the year. Through these funds the Board has paid for a mural downtown, provided the lights on the courthouse and all buildings during the Christmas holidays to name only two of the projects.
Canton was named a National Main Street City by the Main Street National Trust for Historic Preservation. Cities chosen as National Main Street Cities must show above average performance in 10 categories. The selection criteria focus on planning, staff and volunteers, preservation ethic, training and program assessment.
Canton Main Street Director is Lynn Kitchens, who has been working in community development for 16 years. Canton Economic Development Executive Director Mercy Rushing has 19 years experience in the Main Street program.
The Main Street Approach
The Main Street approach is a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization and
combines historic preservation with economic development. This method can restore a
positive image and create a healthy marketplace through the following
four point approach: