Carnegie Libraries of the Square States

Divided from Other Carnegie Libraries in April, 2010.

 Colorado

There were 35 Carnegie buildings. Obviously I have a ways to go. One history source, written in 1959, is located on the Colorado Department of Education site.

Boulder

Boulder Carnegie Library

Built in 1906. Nearly abandoned in 1961. Restored in 1981 and now in use as the Carnegie Branch Library.

Patterned after a Greek temple.

Williamson-Haffner postcard that may date from the era of the Great War.



Canon City

Canon City Carnegie Library


The Library itself was founded in 1886.
From a 1901 Carnegie grant, this building was begun in 1902, and opened in 1903. Still in use.

The early photo card, produced by Commercial Studio in Lamar, was mailed in 1910.



Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Carnegie library postcard

Rip-off 'Blue sky' card by H.H.T.Co. This card seems to be one of the most plentiful in the postcard collecting universe.


1903 Carnegie grant. Building completed in 1905. 2002 renovation.
Library part of the Pikes Peak Library District, which contains another Carnegie building, the West End Carnegie Library.

Denver

Day view of Denver Carnegie library 'Night' view of Denver Carnegie library

1903 grants: opened 1910. Replaced in 1956.
Now serves as Denver's Civic Center.

Searching 'Denver: The City Beautiful' delivers many web sites showing the beautiful, albeit a bit antiquated, downtown.
Eight other branches received Carnegie monies.

(L) Day.
(R) Night.

Denver Library and Pool

(L) Public Library and North Section of the Civic Center, Denver Colorado
City and County Building in Background.

Corinthian style building. About ten years ago, I visited Denver and didn't realize that this building had been the library. I never saw any of the branches, either.



Fort Collins

Ft. Collins Carnegie Library

Now the Poudre River Public Library District Library. The Carnegie building has been replaced, sometime after 1953.


Sepia-tinted postcard mailed in 1912.



Grand Junction

Grand Jct. Carnegie Library Grand Jct. Carnegie Library

An early Christmas present grant (December 21, 1899). Replaced in 1938. These Coloradians were not wild about Andy. Why Carnegie objected to the foundation (and even the porch), heaven only knows. Did the man expect the library to levitate? The library is now part of the Mesa County Libraries: the building probably demolished.

(L) According to the Museum of Western Colorado's site, the colors on this unattributed card are accurate.
(R) Sedate card, mailed in 1905.

Lamar

Lamar Carnegie Library

Carnegie grant, 1906; Building built, 1908. The new building was supposed to open in 2004 according to this site, but it hasn't been updated in ages.
This is the first library website I've seen that combines the county public and the community college's libraries' website. Interesting sharing of resources.




Littleton

Littleton Carnegie Library

Now the Bemis Public Library.

The Carnegie building resembled a railroad station, which is interesting because a grant from the Santa Fe railroad began the library collection in 1892. The Carnegie library opened in 1917 and was replaced in 1962.

The photo post card also captures a bent light pole.



Loveland

Loveland Carnegie Library Loveland Carnegie Library

1907 grant.

A remarkably plain corner building, this may have been organized with the uncommon fan stack configuration.

(L) Another sepia tinted Williamson-Haffner card.
(R) Curt Teich Doubletone card. This uncommon postcard line seems to have been competitive with the beautiful Rotograph cards.




Manitou

Manitou Carnegie Library

Actually, Manitou Springs.

Built 1910: still in use, essentially as is.
Good timelime, post-merge into the Pikes Peak Library District. Did you know that Manitou Springs branch is also known for its doll collection?

Very attractive H.H.T. Co. card.




Pueblo (McClelland Public Library)

Pueblo Carnegie Library Pueblo Carnegie Library

1902 grant.
Tentatively thought to have been demolished.

(L) Curt Teich postcard, mailed 1921.

(R) Duplicate of previous card, but in better condition. Annotated, but never mailed. In the lower left of the card, there is a lawn sprinkler. I don't doubt its necessity in Pueblo, but am surprised at its early use.



Rocky Ford

Rocky Ford Carnegie Library

1907 grant.
Replaced fairly recently.

Postcard probably was published by C.U. Williams of Bloomington, IL. Notice the fallen leaves, and the retouched buds. One would think that there would have to be better publishers in Colorado.




Trinidad

Trinidad Carnegie Library

1903 grant.
Still in use with a 1995 addition for a history room.


The card was produced for the S.H. Kress chain, often confused with S.S. Kresge.





 Utah

Provo

Lovely view on an evenly divided card postmarked 1910.

 Wyoming

Buffalo

Buffalo, WY Library

Aka. Johnson County Library. 1909 grant. Replaced in 1987.

The building in the back is the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, which incorporated the library building in 1989.
I bet you think Jim Gatchell was some famous cowboy, or even a rodeo star, right?

Try again. He was a druggist, and friend of the Sioux.


Cheyenne

Cheyenne Carnegie Library Cheyenne High School plus Carnegie Library

1899 grant. 1902 building. Replaced in 1969, then demolished.
Sigh.

(L) Colorado News Company card, Mailed in 1908. Entire back. Picture dates shortly after construction, as there is no landscaping, nor lawn, evident.
(R) High School and the $50,000 Carnegie Library. The library is in the background.




Cheyenne Carnegie Library

(L, below) 'On Union Pacific System' caption on a Curt Teich/Barkalow Bros. Publishing (Omaha) 'C.T. American Art' postcard.







Cody

Cody Carnegie Library

Late Carnegie building in two aspects: Built in 1916, demolished for its replacement in 1965.

Sepia tinted card printed on buff paper by the Bloom Brothers of Minneapolis, and distributed by the Harding Curio and Drug Co.





Green River

Green River Carnegie Library Green River Carnegie Library

1905 grant. 1906 building. Replaced, and serves as a County Circuit Court.
Nice view!

(L) Monochrome view shows a natural wonder and a dirt street.
(R) Chas. E. Norris (Not Chuck, thankee!) postcard.


Lander

Lander Carnegie Library

Built in 1907 and now part of the Fremont County Library System. Surprisingly, the Carnegie building is in the middle of its second renovation.

1914 Curt Teich 'Colorchrom' card. More of an 'Offcolorchrom,' in my opinion. On the library's history page (unfortunately, no longer online), it's much more ochre.





Laramie

Laramie Carnegie Library

1903 grant. 1927 expansion: remodeled in 1951. Building replaced in 1981. The Albany County Public Library is in need of another replacement building.

Interesting picture shows two men in hats lounging near the entrance. How they got there is a question, as the yard is surrounded by a barbed wire fence which includes a closed gate.
Can't let the cattle in.





Newcastle

Newcastle Carnegie Library

1911 grant. Awkward renovation as seen on the library's website, 2005 edition.

1914 card from Curt Teich's 'Doublechrom' series. No idea here why Doublechrom cards are such special beasts. They do scan nicely. Note the car with whitewalls sinking into the mud of the street.





Sheridan

Sheridan Carnegie Library

1904 grant. Apparently replaced some time after 1963. I hope it's still standing, but I don't think it is.

Card published by Herbert Coffeen, who appears to have been a paragon of good taste. Did he have this printed in Germany?





Wheatland

Wheatland Carnegie Library

Salute to bilateral symmetry.

1916 grant. One of the last Carnegie buildings, and one with a far more interesting founding librarian, Mabel Wilkinson, than library structure.

Black & White brand card.





Not sure if it's a Carnegie public library? Visit my postcards of unusual and large public libraries.

Bibliography

Drop that mouse and visit your public library. (Or, if you're viewing this in the library, set the mouse down carefully.) All the following resources were found at a local library.

Bial, Raymond and Linda LaPuma. 1991. The Carnegie Library in Illinois.
(With Photography by Raymond Bial.)
Bobinski, George S. 1969. Carnegie Libraries: Their History and Impact on American Public Library Development.
Dickson, Paul. 1986. The Library in America: A Celebration in Words and Pictures.
Frye, Lonn. 1992. Carnegie Libraries: Restoration and Expansion.
Krass, Peter. 2002. Carnegie.
Van Slyck, Abigail. 1995. Free to All: Carnegie Libraries and the American Culture, 1890-1920.

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Updated: 16 November 2013.
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