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National Register of Historic Places Program
Weekly Highlight: Kirby Jail and Town Hall
Hot Springs County, Wyoming

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

 

[photo] of highlighted property

The small Town of Kirby, established by vote in 1915, is located midway between two larger towns. Within three months, the town voted to erect this jail, which would also serve as the town hall. Kirby and its residents, a small community, soon settled into a prolonged decline that began with the Great Depression and continued through the 1940s and 1950s. The Kirby Jail and Town Hall would be the first and only local government building.

Besides acting as jail and town hall, the building also functioned as the town's polling place for local and national elections. A small, single-pen structure built with minimal ornamentation, the Kirby Jail and Town Hall is a modestly scaled building. The jail and town hall are similar in scale and construction to the elementary school built in 1913 by the school district and to other, privately owned, buildings in town. In this, it forms an integral part of the small-town fabric of Kirby. The jail is also similar in scale to other small-town jails in Wyoming. The aspect that distinguishes this building among its peers is its relatively well-preserved state. And the aspect that distinguishes the jail and town hall historically is the fact that it is the only town government building erected in Kirby-the sole representative of town-level government in this small town.

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