Ardmore Main Street Authority
Ardmore Main Street Authority is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, established in 1989 by The National Trust for Historic Preservation as a commercial district revitalization program. The program is for the use and benefit of the citizens of the City of Ardmore and the surrounding trade area to:
Promote economic growth and well-being of Ardmore.
Preserve and improve the historic value of downtown.
Create a quality business environment for both business owners and consumers.
Be an ever-expanding informational resource for the downtown area.
A handful of energetic and enthusiastic citizens with a burning desire to preserve our rich cultural heritage, and realizing that Main Street is the heart and soul of the city, banded together in 1989 to help get Ardmore Main Street up and running. Thanks to their efforts, Ardmore Main Street today has the largest district and largest budget of any Main Street program in the state of Oklahoma and boasts a thriving downtown area providing a wealth of shopping, dining, and living experiences. The Ardmore Main Street Authority is a proud member of Main Street America.
Main Street america
Main Street America has been helping to revitalize older and historic commercial districts for 40 years. Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, Main Street America represents the broad diversity that makes this country so unique.
A dramatic change began in the mid 1880s in what was to become the Ardmore area of Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory. This change was brought on by the construction of the railroad. In 1885-1887, the Santa Fe built north from Gainesville, Texas across Indian country, establishing towns and opening up the vast area to settlement by white people. When the Santa Fe Railroad laid track into the Chickasaw Nation the railroad crew set up a camp exactly 100 miles from both Fort Worth and Oklahoma Station (now Oklahoma City), this is where Ardmore's humble beginnings come from.
With the relocation of the Mercy Train (used for aid in the 1918 railcar explosion) in 2018 from Hardy Murphy Coliseum, Downtown Ardmore has been re-branded The Depot District to embrace Ardmore's railroad town
heritage and the newly renovated Mercy train.