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Madera in Madera County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Madera County Library Service

 
 
Madera County Library Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 8, 2007
1. Madera County Library Service Marker
Inscription.  Starting in 1901 with a book on lumber, the library moved from place to place until 1917, when this historic building was built with county funds only. That eliminated strings from grants. An example of home rule. This was the first free library in the state under the Library Act of 1911.
100 years of most satisfactory service.
 
Erected 2001 by Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducation. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 36° 57.633′ N, 120° 3.685′ W. Marker is in Madera, California, in Madera County. Marker is at the intersection of Yosemite Avenue and North G Street, on the right when traveling west on Yosemite Avenue. The old library is across from the Madera Courthouse Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 175 West Yosemite Avenue, Madera CA 93637, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madera Zoo (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Madera County Library Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 8, 2007
2. Madera County Library Service Marker
The Old Madera Library
Madera to Yosemite Stage Route (about 700 feet away); Borden Chinese Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Borden Chinese Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Madera (approx. 4 miles away); Berenda (approx. 7.4 miles away); Dixieland School (approx. 8.7 miles away); Sierra Sky Park (approx. 13˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madera.
 
Regarding Madera County Library Service. The marker indicates the first book in the library was a book about Lumber. Madera is the Spanish word for lumber.

The building is well kept, but is used for storage only at this time.
 
Madera County Library image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 8, 2007
3. Madera County Library
Local historians visiting the marker in front of the library building in 2007
Madera County Library 1929 image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1929
4. Madera County Library 1929
File Photo from the Berkeley Archives dated 1929
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 828 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   3. submitted on December 25, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   4. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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