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The Fairhaven Historic District is a well-preserved example a commercial core of a historic community. Settled as early at 1953 and first platted in 1883, the townsite changed changed in 1888 and was promoted by the Fairhaven Land Company as the anticipated terminus of the transcontinental railroad. The town was incorporated in 1890. The period of significance dates from the speculative boom of 1889-1890 to the period of the First World War.