“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Prescott in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Carnegie Library

The Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato, July 13, 2009
1. The Carnegie Library Marker
Inscription. Prescott's first library consisted of over 300 volumes brought to the Territory in 1864 by Secretary of State Richard C. McCormick. In 1870, a group of local women opened a reading room with 263 books collected from local citizens and out-of-town newspapers. Run by private parties, this was the only source of library material. In 1895 the Women's Club of Prescott (later knows ad the "Monday Club") was formed. Their dream was to establish a free library "as attractive as an evening resort".

In June, 1899, Prescott Monday Club member Julia Goldwater wrote a letter to Andrew Carnegie requesting funds for a free library. Carnegie offered half the sum requested with the understanding that first the matching $4,000 had to be raised in the community. Eventually, the funds were raised and a building lot was granted. But the fire of July 14, 1900 destroyed all of the books for the library. The ladies of the Monday Club pressed on, accepting the donation of replacement books for the library. The Prescott Public Free Library (Carnegie Library), located here on the southwest corner of Gurley and Marina Streets, finally opened on November 24, 1903.

Built in a Classical Revival style of brick and stone with a symmetrical facade, a pediment over the main entry door and a beautiful arched window above the entry, it is typical of the
The Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato, January 7, 2003
2. The Carnegie Library Marker
traditional styles being built in Prescott in the early 20th Century. This library served the Prescott community until 1974, when the current, City of Prescott library opened.
Erected by Historic Preservation Fund and the City of Prescott.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries marker series.
Location. 34° 32.497′ N, 112° 28.053′ W. Marker is in Prescott, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Marker is at the intersection of East Gurley Street (Arizona Route 89) and Marina Street, on the left when traveling west on East Gurley Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Prescott AZ 86301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hassayampa Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); The Day Octagon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Knights of Pythias Building (about 300 feet away); Prescott National Bank (about 300 feet away); The Bank of Arizona and the Electric Buildings (about 300 feet away); Nob Hill (about 400 feet away); Site of Territorial Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Bashford Block (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Prescott.
Categories. EducationNotable Buildings
Close-Up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By City of Prescott Photo
3. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,186 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona.   3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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