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KIRBYVILLE, TEXAS

Jasper County, East Texas
Hwy 96 and FM 1913
19 miles S of Jasper
24 miles N of Beaumont

Population: 2085 (2010)

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Kirbyville TX downtown
Main street in Kirbyville
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson December, 2012

History in a Pecan Shell

It was first named Kirby, for timber magnate John Henry Kirby, but in 1895 when the town applied for a post office, the name was found to be in use for another community. The town was platted in 1895 when Kirby’s railroad arrived. In just twelve months the town had a population of 300 residents. Kirby sold his railroad holdings to the Santa Fe railroad in 1900 and the following year founded the Kirby Lumber Company. Kirbyville’s population swelled to 2,900 residents by 1914.

By the 1920s it was becoming evident that the timber wasn’t inexhaustible and State Forest No. 1 was established just three miles east of Kirbyville. The town evolved into a cotton market for central Jasper and Newton counties. In 1928 Kirbyville had a population of 2,000 and had diversified from lumber to cattle raising and dairying. The town reported a population of 1,088 residents for 1944 and it took until 1982 to return to the 1928 figure of 2,000, The 2000 population was 2,085.
Kirbyville TX Calaboose Museum, former Jail
Old town jail now the Calaboose Museum
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson December, 2012
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Kirbyville TX Main Street building
Main Street buildings
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Kirbyville TX - 1925 Palace Theater
1925 Palace Theater on Main Street
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson December, 2012
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Kirbyville TX - 1925 Mixson Bros Bldg
1925 Mixson Bros Building on Main
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Kirbyville TX - Rexall Drug Mural
Rexall mural
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Subject: Kirbyville, Tx Mural

After surfing the web on a Sunday afternoon, I came across your website. I actually was looking to find some info on the types of water towers built according to the date of construction and the population supplied. I live in Kirbyville, Tx and have always wondered why the town has the type of water tower it has and when built. Then I noticed the picture taken of mural "The Hookworm Bench".

I am proud to say my brother Jason Morgan, along with the help of my son Micah Morgan, is the artist who created this work. Its conception and design was according to the local mythology of the "Hookworm Bench", taken from a stockpile of old photos created by a local photographer, Mr. D.T. Kent, who has long since passed. The stockpile of photos taken by this man is almost endless ... surpassed only by the number of tales remembered by the town's dwindling population of members in this country's "Greatest Generation". - Johnny Morgan, August 10, 2014
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