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Historic Downtown

Clifton’s Downtown Commercial Historic District dates to 1881, when the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad was completed through Clifton. Many of the current buildings date to the 1880’s and early 1900’s. Clifton was designated as a Main Street City in 1995, and a transformation took place in the historic district with the rehabilitation and revitalization of its historic buildings. Clifton’s Main Street District continues to thrive – economically and culturally – and is the heart of the community.

The district is also one of three state-designated Cultural Districts in Clifton. Tucked between rows of historic buildings, Art Alley is a public alley and the site of an outdoor venue for contemporary and modern artists. Street art with a positive impact on the community.

Clifton is conveniently located midway between Austin and Dallas/Ft. Worth, and only minutes from Waco. Home to dozens of artists and historians, the community has a rich agricultural and arts history. Multiple art organizations, including Bosque Film Society, form a network of support for creative spirits and artistic endeavors.