Former Air Force base receives national recognition

Former Air Force base receives national recognition

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A piece of the former Blytheville Air Force Base is now receiving national recognition.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the National Registry of Historic Places have placed

The Capehart Housing District is now on the the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the National Registry of Historic Places.

The housing facility, which was built between 1958 and 1961, played a "significant role during the Cold War," according to Tucker Nunn, executive director of Main Street Blytheville.

"When the cold war went on during the early 60's, Blytheville Air Force Base was an important outpost," Nunn said.

The area is now home to the Westminster Village of The Mid-South, a senior adult-living community.

Linda O'Guin, executive director of Westminster Village, said being added to the registry will keep the historical memories alive.

"Being on the registry avails us to the opportunity to get grants to maybe keep the housing looking the way it looks, Capehart condition," O'Guin said.

O'Guin says a 102-year-old man linked to the Air Force base still lives there.

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