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Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Santa Maria Libraries

 
 
Santa Maria Libraries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
1. Santa Maria Libraries Marker
Inscription.  A $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie financed Santa Maria's first public library in 1908. The Ladies Literary Society, now the Minerva Club, began the effort with letters to the steel magnate in 1901, and later enlisted the City Council's help. Carnegie gave millions of dollars for more than 1,600 libraries between 1889 and 1923. He required local officials to support the buildings with tax funds, and he required communities to provide sites for these buildings. Citizen donations supplemented city funds to purchase a lot for the library and park at Broadway and Cook streets. The Classical Revival style building served until 1941, when a larger library (pictured in the middle) was constructed adjacent to it. The original “Carnegie Library” became a USO Center during the war, then a community youth center. It was demolished in 1966. These two libraries were located to the north of the existing 60,000 square foot Santa Maria Public Library.
 
Erected by City of Santa Maria.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
Santa Maria Libraries Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
2. Santa Maria Libraries Marker - wide view
In addition, it is included in the Carnegie Libraries 📚 series list.
 
Location. 34° 56.932′ N, 120° 26.143′ W. Marker is in Santa Maria, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is on South Broadway south of East Cook Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Maria CA 93454, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Masonic Cornerstone of Carnegie Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Reuben Hart Residence (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Maria Valley World War II Memorial (about 800 feet away); The American Woman Veteran (about 800 feet away); Santa Maria Valley Korean War Memorial (about 800 feet away); John Edward Smith Memorial (about 800 feet away); Santa Maria Valley Cold War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Santa Maria Valley World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Maria.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to one side of a large four-sided cement monument situated at the backside of the library along South Broadway.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Santa Maria Public Library (City of Santa Maria). (Submitted on December 7, 2020.)
 
Santa Maria Library - South McClelland Street side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
3. Santa Maria Library - South McClelland Street side
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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Feb. 26, 2021