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Reno in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Site of Nevada’s First Public Library

 
 
Site of Nevada’s First Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 14, 2011
1. Site of Nevada’s First Public Library Marker
Inscription. In 1895, Washoe County District Attorney, Frank H. Norcross, later a Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and a Federal Judge, began a drive to establish Nevada’s first free public library in Reno. That year, he persuaded the Nevada Legislature to enact a law establishing Nevada’s public libraries.

The state’s first public library building was erected on this site in 1904 with $15,000 donated by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie on land originally donated to the City of Reno by pioneer Myron C. Lake. It remained in service until 1930, when growth forced it relocation to the site where the Pioneer Theater Auditorium now stands. The library was sold for $1 and demolished in 1931.

In 1966, the library was relocated to a new building at Center and Liberty Streets, three blocks south of this site. State Historic Marker No. 247
 
Erected by Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology and Washoe County Library. (Marker Number 247.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries marker series.
 
Location. 39° 31.487′ N, 119° 48.736′ W. Marker is in Reno, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is on South Virgina Street (Nevada Route 430), on the right
Site of Nevada’s First Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 13, 2011
2. Site of Nevada’s First Public Library Marker
when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the U.S. Post Office. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 South Virginia Street, Reno NV 89501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick Joseph DeLongechamps (a few steps from this marker); Lake's Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); Reno (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washoe County World War II Memorial (about 300 feet away); Spanish-American War Memorial 1898-1899 (about 500 feet away); Major General Jesse Lee Reno (about 500 feet away); Reno's Beginning (about 600 feet away); The Reno Arch (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Reno.
 
Categories. Education
 
Vintage postcard view showing the library. image. Click for full size.
circa 1915
3. Vintage postcard view showing the library.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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