The Midway Historic Preservation Committee
The Midway Historic Preservation Committee was formed in late 2006 by Mayor Connie Tatton. The Committee was charged with identifying and documenting the older homes in Midway, creating a walking tour for visitors and in developing a local historical register. The Committee currently chaired by Carl Hugh Jones, a former curator with the Nebraska State Historical Society, and other museums in California, Utah and Wyoming, has moved forward with three CLG, Certified Local Government, grants from the Utah State History Office to start the identification and documentation of the homes in Midway. The surveys to date cover Main Street and all of the original town plat from 400 West to 300 East plus onto 400 East and from 200 North to 100 South which includes 241 properties. Intensive research was done on 17 homes in the first survey and 21 are planned for a new survey to start in late 2010. There are 13 properties in Midway on the National Register of Historic Places, five of these are brick and stone Gothic Revivals built from 1869 to the 1880’s by English builder/architect John Watkins and are considered the best and most significant examples of this style in the State of Utah.
A 2010 calendar of 12 early Midway homes with a brief description of each home or building was produced in time for the 2009 Swiss Days. Copies are still available at The Store, the Family of Seasons quilt shop, Café Galleria and other Midway locations at a reduced price.
The Local Historical Register will be developed over the next 6 months, along with a walking tour of a four block circle that will take you by 12 older homes and several newer homes giving the visitor a view of a growing Midway.
The big project the City is undertaking with the help of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, FEMA and the Utah State Energy Program is the seismic upgrading and new heating and cooling system for the 1941 WPA Town Hall which is one of the properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Help is needed from the public in rehabilitation this icon of Midway. One specific area is any photographs illustrating the construction of the building and any early photographs of the interior and exterior of the building.
There are currently a couple of vacancies in the preservation committee and anyone interested in helping preserve Midway can contact Mayor Tatton or Carl Jones. The current committee includes an archaeologist, a genealogist, a local historian, an old time resident and a realter. We would like to see an architectural historian and more representatives of early families or just people able to give some time to the efforts of the Committee.
Carl Hugh Jones, Chair
98 South 550 East Midway, Utah 84049
BY CARL JONES