ELLENSBERG, Wash -- Today the City of Ellensburg was officially designated a Distinctive Destination by the National Historic Trust.
The city says its not just a recognition of past efforts but a but a building block in preserving more of historic Ellensburg
"Its such a rare and important designation," said Fennelle Miller, of Historic Ellensburg, a group that works to preserve the city, "we will be able to parlay that into further funding and award opportunities."
City officials believe more tourists will visit, helping downtown commercial areas highlighted by the award. But it will also help with projects just getting going. Top on that list, is the old train depot.
Next week the city is expected to transfer ownership of the property to Historic Ellensburg. They will begin raising the four to five million dollars need to restore it from private donors and government grants
"Everyone of the designations will help us with our grant writing efforts," said Miller. "So hopefully this will bring money flooding right into help us with the depot and other preservation efforts."