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Site of Cheyenne's Carnegie Public Library -- 1901-1966

 
 
Site of Cheyenne's Carnegie Public Library -- 1901-1966 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
1. Site of Cheyenne's Carnegie Public Library -- 1901-1966 Marker
Inscription. New York, Dec. 27, 1899
Robert C. Morris, Esq.,
Dear Sir: Your favor of the 16th instant received. When the city of Cheyenne is willing to furnish a proper site for a free public library and maintain it at a cost of not less than $3,000 a year, I shall be glad to give $50,000 for the building.
A public library cannot be maintained for less than $3,000, and really should be $4,000 per year.
Very truly yours,
Andrew Carnegie

The Cheyenne Carnegie Public Library was located on the southeast corner of West 22nd Street and Capitol Avenue, and was a County Library rather than a City Library. The first Carnegie built in Wyoming (1 of 16), it was replaced in 1966 and torn down in 1971. A bronze plaque from the Library is located in the current County Library just a few blocks west of its former location.
Carnegie libraries are libraries which were built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie. Over 2,500 Carnegie libraries were built, including public and university. Carnegie earned the nickname Patron Saint of Libraries.
Of the 2,500 libraries funded between 1883 and 1929, 1,689 are built in the United States. Very few towns that requested a grant and agreed to his terms were refused. When the last grant was made in 1919, there were 3,500 libraries in the
Site of Cheyenne's Carnegie Public Library -- 1901-1966 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 27, 2016
2. Site of Cheyenne's Carnegie Public Library -- 1901-1966 Marker
The marker is to the left of the entrance.
United States, nearly half of them paid for by Carnegie.
In the early 20th Century, a Carnegie library was the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities from Maine to California. Most of the library buildings are unique, displaying a number of different styles, including Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Classic Revival and Spanish Colonial. Each style was chosen by the community and was typically simple yet formal, welcoming patrons to enter through a prominent doorway, nearly always accessed via a staircase. The staircase was intended to show that a person was elevating himself. Similarly, outside virtually every branch a lamppost or lantern symbolized enlightenment.
 
Erected by Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries marker series.
 
Location. 41° 8.274′ N, 104° 49.109′ W. Marker is in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in Laramie County. Marker is on Capitol Avenue near West 22nd Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2121 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne WY 82001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cheyenne - Ft. Laramie - Deadwood Trail (within shouting distance of this marker);
Cheyenne's Carnegie Public Library image. Click for full size.
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3. Cheyenne's Carnegie Public Library
Mrs. Esther Hobart Morris (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elling William "Bill" Golling (about 800 feet away); Wyoming Army and Air National Guard Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wyoming Spanish American War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Esther Hobart Morris (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mt. Sinai Congregation (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cheyenne.
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 18, 2016.
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