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Sign maker Andrew Hawley installs a plaque on the old Rialto Hotel building on Main Street in Hailey.

The city of Hailey will recognize 20 plaques recently installed on historic buildings around town during a public ceremony on Monday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 101 Second Ave.

Four historic buildings are on the corner where the commemoration ceremony will take place, at Second Avenue and Bullion Street. They include the Fox-Worswick Home, now occupied by the Wood River Land Trust, the Masonic Lodge and the Eben S. Chase building.

“All of these buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places and go back to the era of city founder John Hailey,” local historian Rob Lonning said.

The Hailey Arts & Historic Preservation Committee recently completed a historical interpretive plaques project, which showcases the history of the town through its historical architecture. The 20 chosen buildings, all in downtown Hailey, were researched for their significance. Local sign maker Andrew Hawley produced and mounted the historical plaques.

The Liberty Theatre, W.H. Watt Bank Building (Christopher & Co.), Bullion Block site (Luke’s Pharmacy) and the J.J. Tracy Building (Lone Star) are some of the Main Street locations receiving recognition.

Lonning, who created an online tour of 51 historical sites posted on the city of Hailey website, said most of the original buildings on Main Street were destroyed by a fire in 1889.

“The J.J. Tracey Building, which was rebuilt in 1904, is probably one of the oldest buildings we have right now on Main Street,” he said.

Lonning and fellow Hailey historian Joan Davies will give a short tour of historic sites following the commemoration ceremony.

“The history and personalities of Hailey are part of the fabric of the town,” Lonning said. “We are who we are today because of who we were back then, and now the [Hailey Arts & Historic Preservation Committee] is honoring our remarkable past.”

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