Thursday, July 10, 2014

Back in Time - Reclamation Hall

Rosa S.
approx. 1939 or 1940
Pavilion, Wyoming

Based on the height of this building, I am guessing that the photo was taken at the Reclamation Hall, located on the northwest corner of Pavillion, in an area that came to be called Camp. Midvale Irrigation headquarters was in the Camp area as were several houses for employees.

The Reclamation Hall was used for meetings, dances, potluck dinners, and other community gatherings. I remember attending Farmer's Union meetings and camps in the Hall as well as playing Hide and Seek and Annie Annie Over outside the building.


  1. The Grange building in a town close to mine was where all the craft exhibitions were held. Our Grange building was a beautiful old farm house.

  2. It's so interesting how some communities kept the Grange Hall alive and active, and in other communities they seemed to just die away. I don't remember any Grange Halls where I grew up in Minnesota. So now I'm wondering if there had been any . . . or if they had just disappeared by the time I was a kid.

  3. I don't think there were many grange halls in Minnesota. I loved that game but we called it Annie I Over... what great fun that was! :)

  4. I love the floaty little floral dresses ladies wore in those days! We didn't have a grange hall in Yuma, Arizona where I grew up--it was the reclamation hall. The bureau held meetings there and the rest of the time it was a recreation center for the whole city. Wow that was a great time of my life. Thanks for the memory.

  5. Fun photo! It's so neat that you can identify the people and places in these old photos.

  6. What a great photo! Yes, I bet it is the old Grange Hall. Wouldn't it be fun to collect Grange Hall stories?

  7. Oh my gosh from the DOrothy Gale period!!!

  8. We had a community center next door to the firehouse when I was a child. Sadly, our fire company outgrew the firehouse, moved to our current location, and the private school next door now uses the old community center as a meeting area.


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