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Attica in Fountain County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Attica’s Carnegie Library

 
 
Andrew Carnegie gave $10,000 for the Attica Library. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 3, 2007
1. Andrew Carnegie gave $10,000 for the Attica Library.
Inscription. Ladies Library Association of Attica, created 1885, deeded its library building to city; city library opened 1902 with a collection of 1,500 books. Funds from Andrew Carnegie made it possible to build a new library here on land originally owned by Daniel Stump. It opened 1904. Building is Neoclassical design. Tall Crane fountains placed in front.

Library underwent major interior renovation 1988; complementary addition completed 1995. Library included in Brady Street Historic District, listed in National Register of Historic Places 1990. One of 1,679 libraries built in U. S. with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Indiana built more Carnegie libraries than any other state.
 
Erected 2005 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Attica Community Foundation. (Marker Number 23.2005.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries, and the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. 40° 17.515′ N, 87° 14.989′ W. Marker is in Attica, Indiana, in Fountain County. Marker is on South Perry Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Easily seen in front of Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 South Perry St., Attica IN 47918, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Renovation in 1988 image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 3, 2007
2. Renovation in 1988
Also listed in National Register of Historic Places.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Spirit of the American Doughboy (a few steps from this marker); Dr. John Evans (a few steps from this marker); Italianate Style House (within shouting distance of this marker); Attica & Covington Canal Skirmish (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Devon Theater (about 700 feet away); The Old Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Attica.
 
Regarding Attica’s Carnegie Library. Attica received $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie to build and stock the library. Carnegie did the same for more than one half of the libraries in the United States.

All a community had to do is provide the land and a promise to maintain the Library: Carnegie provided all the rest including the books, supplies, and equipment. Indiana leads the list of States with the most Carnegie Libraries.

Andrew Carnegie was born of a poor family Nov. 25, 1835 in Scotland. At the age of thirteen he emigrated to the United States. He had a knack for making money and a deep passion for education and reading.

His first job was as a telegraph delivery boy in the United States. He became an industrialist, businessman, and a major philanthropist. He is best known for Pittsburgh's
Carnegie Library at Attica, Indiana image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 3, 2007
3. Carnegie Library at Attica, Indiana
In front of the Library is the "Doughboy" statue “donated by Francis M. Dodge and Wilbert M. Allen and other Citizens in grateful recognition of the patriotic service rendered by Fountain County men and women during the World War, 1817–1918.” Bronze sculpture's full title is "The Spirit of the American Doughboy" by E. M. Viquesney (1876–1946) and is approx 7 feet high on a 7 foot base and was dedicated November 11, 1927.
Carnegie Steel Company latter called U.S. Steel.

From 1901 till his death on August 11, 1919 he centered his life on giving away his money. In today's dollars, his philanthropy exceeded $4.3 billion. In 1919 over half of the U. S. Libraries were free book lending Carnegie Libraries.
 
Also see . . .
1. Andrew Carnegie. Courtesy:: "Herald Films" is a video tribute to Andrew Carnegie's thoughts, photos, and locations. In his day - the richest man in the world "Gave It Away". (Submitted on March 8, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 22, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Video - Biography of Andrew Carnegie (Courtesy - YouTube):. (Submitted on February 4, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
Additional keywords. Carnegie Library Neoclassical design
 
Categories. 20th CenturyCommunicationsEducationNotable Buildings
 
Back View of the Doughboy. image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, May 25, 2008
4. Back View of the Doughboy.
One of the two Crane Fountains image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, May 25, 2008
5. One of the two Crane Fountains
Mentioned in the marker, both of the two water fountains still work.
Nov. 11, 1927 - - Unveiling of Doughboy Statue. image. Click for full size.
By Circa 1927
6. Nov. 11, 1927 - - Unveiling of Doughboy Statue.
Note the library in the background, clearly visible and without trees which currently restrict the view of the building.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,332 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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