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  • Sussex Post Office and Store


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    Also known as the Sussex Community Hall, this building has been the focal point of the small rural Sussex community for over 80 years. Constructed in 1914, the Sussex Community Hall is located on the north bank of the Powder River in southeast Johnson County. It was originally constructed as a combination grocery store/post office/dance hall housed in one large room. The store and post office were located at the east end of the building and the dance hall on the west end. In the late 1920s, the store and post office moved to a renovated garage east of the present building and the entire room became devoted to a dance hall/community center. Towering old cottonwood trees dwarf the modest building that is still considered the heart of this rural ranching community located twenty miles east of the more famous town of Kaycee, Wyoming which achieved notoriety for its role in the Johnson County War. The Sussex Community Hall was an active place for many years, hosting such varied activities as Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving suppers; Mother-Daughter banquets; ''harvest suppers''; wedding receptions; picnics and barbecues; home-talent plays; school programs; and annual meetings of the Sussex Irrigation Company. It still serves as the polling center during local and general elections.



    Date Added to Register:
    Thursday, November 12, 1998
    Johnson County
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