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    KIRBYVILLE, TEXAS

    Jasper County Seat, 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 Kirbyís 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. Kirbyvilleís population swelled to 2,900 residents by 1914.

    By the 1920s it was becoming evident that the timber wasnít 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
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    Main Street buildings
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    Rexall mural
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    1925 Palace Theater on Main Street
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