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Panhandle in Carson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old County Bookmobile

First "Inside Service" Bookmobile in Texas

 
 
Old County Bookmobile Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, May 8, 2020
1. Old County Bookmobile Marker
Inscription.  

In use, 1938-1957. Based at the county library on this site. A bright red, visible for miles, this first bookmobile in Texas was called "The Library Bus". It stopped at ranches, schools, oil camps; circulated 2,000 books a month; served in era of sparse settlement, World War II growth and later industrialization.

There were private and rental libraries in early Texas; the republic had a national library. But most county libraries were founded or instigated by local citizens - as was this pioneer bookmobile. Texas still has 51 bookmobiles in other counties.
 
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3714.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
 
Location. 35° 20.697′ N, 101° 22.842′ W. Marker is in Panhandle, Texas, in Carson County. Marker is on Main Street north of W 4th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Main Street, Panhandle TX 79068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
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. Carson County (a few steps from this marker); Callaghan Memorial Library (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Carson County (within shouting distance of this marker); Panhandle "Herald" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conway Community Church (about 400 feet away); Purvines Ranch Home (about 400 feet away); The Square House (about 400 feet away); Texas Panhandle Pioneers: The Simms Brothers (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Panhandle.
 
Old County Bookmobile Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, May 8, 2020
2. Old County Bookmobile Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 10, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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