Dear Editor,

 

Preserving Area Stories in Time (PAST) is appealing to each of you and your organizations to join us in a cooperative effort to promote tourism in the Ada-Pontotoc County area.

 When he spoke to the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday, January 16th, Governor Bill Anoatubby announced the 2015 Chickasaw Nation tourism program. He challenged each of us to become a part of his vision for our area and the time has come for the Ada-Pontotoc County area to be a partner in this vision for the future.

 If we are to see tourism grow and thrive, a first-class visitors’ information center will be essential. Such a center will not only promote area events, but will contribute to the economic wellbeing of Ada and Pontotoc County.

 We are proposing the use of the historic National Guard Armory on North Broadway as the perfect location. It is at the crossroads of state and federal highways; there is a large parking area that will accommodate RVs and horse trailers. It is located close to Pontotoc County Agri-Plex, food, and lodging, with easy access to Main Street, East Central University and the Arts District, and the Chickasaw Nation offices.

 

Ada Rotary Club has made many physical improvements to the armory and a visitors’ information center could be the first step to utilizing the historic site. I say first step because this center would utilize only a portion of the building; eventually the rest of the building might be used as an area museum and a new home for the Pontotoc Historical and Geological Society. There is a nice garden area in the southeast corner of the building and space for an RV park area behind the main building.

 PAST is respectfully requesting that each of you consider the suggestions we have put forth. We know that, like our members, each of you wants to see our area grow and flourish. A cooperative effort will allow us to make that happen.

 Let’s join together and do it!

 

Billie J. Floyd

PAST Tourism Chair

Pontotoc County

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