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Van Wert in Van Wert County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Brumback Library

 
 
The Brumback Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 0/2008
1. The Brumback Library Marker
Inscription. When local banker and businessman John Sanford Brumback left a large bequest to Van Wert County for the purpose of establishing a countywide library in 1897, such institutions did not yet exist, and Ohio had no legal provision for a tax-supported county library system. In response, the Ohio Legislature passed an enabling law in April 1898, marking the beginning of the county library system in the United States. Designed by Toledo architect David L. Stine and built of Bedford limestone in an eclectic Romanesque style, the Brumback Library was dedicated in 1901. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, it continues to serve as a center of knowledge for all of Van Wert County.
 
Erected 2001 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Library Enrichment Foundation of the Brumback Library, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-81.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 52.177′ N, 84° 35.079′ W. Marker is in Van Wert, Ohio, in Van Wert County. Marker is on West Main Street (State Highway 118), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker
The Brumback Library Kiwanis Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 5, 2008
2. The Brumback Library Kiwanis Marker
1901 Here stands the first county library in the United States. Given to the people of Van Wert County, by John Sanford Brumback in recognition of his gift, this memorial was erected by the Kiwanis Club of Van Wert 1951
is at or near this postal address: 215 West Main Street, Van Wert OH 45891, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First County Library in the United States (a few steps from this marker); Van Wert Gazebo (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hoghe Road Bridge (approx. one mile away); Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); Company D, 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ohio City Civil War Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away); Killing Spree Ends Here in 1948 (approx. 7.1 miles away); Robert Nesbit (approx. 7.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Van Wert.
 
Also see . . .  The Brumback Library website. (Submitted on October 14, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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The Brumback Library and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 5, 2008
3. The Brumback Library and Marker
The Brumback Library and Kiwanis Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 5, 2008
4. The Brumback Library and Kiwanis Marker
The Brumback Library image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 5, 2008
5. The Brumback Library
The Brumback Library (rear angle) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 5, 2008
6. The Brumback Library (rear angle)
The Brumback Library Rear Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 5, 2008
7. The Brumback Library Rear Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 855 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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