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Roseville in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Roseville Carnegie Library

 
 
Roseville Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
1. Roseville Carnegie Library Marker
Inscription. Concerned by the lack of adequate library facilities in 1910, the Women’s Improvement Club convinced the City Board of Trustees to contribute $2,000 and to apply to Andrew Carnegie for a $10,000 grant which they received on April 25, 1911. The land for the building was donated by local businessman A.B. McRae. The library was dedicated on October 12, 1912 and served the citizens of Roseville as a library and meeting place until November 7, 1982.

The Roseville Historical Society and the City of Roseville has restored and preserved this building for the continued use by its citizens of Roseville.
 
Erected 1988 by Roseville Historical Society. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries marker series.
 
Location. 38° 45.225′ N, 121° 17.125′ W. Marker is in Roseville, California, in Placer County. Marker is on Lincoln Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 557 Lincoln Street, Roseville CA 95678, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Onyx Club (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); McRae Building (about 600 feet away);
Roseville Carnegie Library and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
2. Roseville Carnegie Library and Marker
Marker is located at the base of the flagpole.
The building now houses the Roseville Carnegie Library Musuem and the Roseville Historical Society.
Chicago West Building (about 800 feet away); Bank of Italy Building (about 800 feet away); Roseville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roseville’s First City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Southern Pacific Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive (approx. ¼ mile away); Lest We Forget (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Roseville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Roseville Carnegie Library. Roseville's library began as an alternative to saloons as entertainment for the many young men who arrived in 1906, when the Southern Pacific established Roseville as a division point. (Submitted on October 24, 2010.) 

2. Roseville Carnegie Library. A “Press Tribune article by Megan Wood reporting on the placement of the Carnegie Library Building on the National Register of Historic Places. (Submitted on October 22, 2010.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Alexander Bell McRae (1853 – 1932)
Alexander McRae, a native of Canada, became a resident of Roseville in 1876. He was an early day agriculturist
Roseville Carnegie Library image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
3. Roseville Carnegie Library
and businessman. When the Southern Pacific Railroad revealed in December 1905 that it was going to relocate its transfer facilities from Rocklin to Roseville, McRae turned his attention to real estate and handled most of the land acquisitions.

In 1911, McRae donated the land for the Carnegie Library with the provision that the site be used for a library “…now and forever….”

McRae died on June 2, 1932, two weeks short of his 80th birthday.
    — Submitted October 22, 2010.

 
Additional keywords. Carnegie Library
 
Categories. Education
 
Roseville Carnegie Library image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
4. Roseville Carnegie Library
National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
5. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
Mounted on the building to the right of the entrance door.
Carnegie Library
Circa 1912
Has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

By the United States
Department of the Interior
Alexander Bell McRae (1853 – 1932) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 21, 2010
6. Alexander Bell McRae (1853 – 1932)
This portrait is on display at the Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 923 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on , by Jim Martinez of Rocklin, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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