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Martinez in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Martinez Public Library

 
 
Martinez Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2011
1. Martinez Public Library Marker
Inscription.
1883-1896
Martinez Free Reading Room and Library
Housed in building
owned by Dr. John Strentzel
620 Main Street
1896-1941
Main & Estudillo
Land donated by Mrs. John Strentzel
and Louie Strentzel Muir
Building built at the cost of $6,371
Money raised
by popular subscription
1941
Moved to present location
740 Court Street
Constructed with local bonds

Historic Marker XVIII
October 4, 2003

 
Erected 2003 by Martinez Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 1.08′ N, 122° 8.045′ W. Marker is in Martinez, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Street and Ward Street, on the right when traveling south on Court Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 740 Court Street, Martinez CA 94553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hook Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Contra Costa County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Morgan House (about 400 feet away); Borland Home (about 500 feet away); 736 Ferry Street
Martinez Public Library and Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2011
2. Martinez Public Library and Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here just to the left of the entrance.
(about 500 feet away); State Theatre (about 500 feet away); Rankin Building (about 500 feet away); Bergamini Building (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Martinez.
 
Also see . . .  Martinez Library. The Martinez Historical Society's page for the Martinez Library: "In 1883, a small group of young women formed a reading society and opened a public reading room at 620 Main Street in a building owned by Dr. John Strentzel. The goals were to discuss literature and raise money for a free library. In 1885, the society dissolved and reformed as the Martinez Free Reading Room and Library Association. Members were charged 25 cents per month for the privilege of borrowing books. Reading in the library was free to all." (Submitted on March 25, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
Martinez Free Reading Room Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2011
3. Martinez Free Reading Room Plaque
On the corner of the building to the right of the entrance is a plaque reading, "Martinez Free Reading Room and Library Association Established A.D. 1885"
Martinez Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein
4. Martinez Public Library
Martinez Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 18, 2012
5. Martinez Public Library
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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