WILSON, Wyo. — On Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners approved a grant application by the Teton County Historic Preservation Board to conduct a historic survey of Wilson, WY.
Now, the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office will review the application and decide whether to fund the study.
The survey aims to look at the “commercial core” of Wilson to determine if it is eligible to be established as a historic district.
The federal grant, if approved, would provide $14,000 for the survey. Teton County would give $4,834 and an in-kind match is listed valuing $4,500 which includes volunteer hours from Teton County Historic Preservation Board.
The total project is projected to cost $23,334.
According to the grant application, “Several historic buildings have come up for sale and there is interest in the Wilson community in finding preservation buyers.”
“Our survey will provide professional documentation for the public about Wilson’s historic buildings and architectural heritage.”
The application cites Nora’s Fish Creek Inn, Stagecoach and Hungry Jack’s as historic properties.
“The experience inherent in a night at the Stagecoach or breakfast at Nora’s before a day of skiing is a critical fiber in the fabric of our local culture,” states the application.
In the fall, Nora’s Fish Creek Inn announced they were closing but within two weeks, a group of buyers stepped in to purchase the property. They reopened the popular breakfast and lunch joint under the same name, with a similar menu. Pinky G’s Pizza owner Tom Fay is among the new owners.
“We are lucky that these two properties are safe for now, but keeping this history alive will require every resource we can bring to bear,” states the application.