Newton in Harvey County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Newton Carnegie Library
On April 15, 1903 construction began on this site. The Cottonwood stone, red brick facade and Ionic columns combined to provide a striking addition to Main Street Newton. The two story building was designed by W.W. Rose, and constructed by Reikowski and Bartel on land donated by E.C. Lewellen. The site selection process created considerable controversy between the citizens living south of the Santa Fe tracks and those on the north side. The source of funding was a $16000 grant from the philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. The structure was officially opened March 14, 1904 and was a welcome change from the rented rooms in the Randall Building at 5th and Main. In 1924 a $5000 room was added to the west side and in 1937 the basement was remodeled as a children's section. The building served until April, 1973 when a new library was opened on North Oak and the Carnegie Building deed was tendered to the Harvey County Historical Society.
Erected 2001 by the Harvey County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work Education • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Carnegie Libraries series list.
Location. 38° 2.651′ N, 97° 20.718′ W. Marker is in Newton, Kansas, in Harvey County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 15) and 2nd Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 Main Street, Newton KS 67114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bernhard Warkentin (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1871 Water Well Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Railroad Savings and Loan Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Unknown Dead of the Civil War (approx. 0.4 miles away); Santa Fe Steam Locomotive #1880 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Coastal Defense Cannon (approx. half a mile away); Mennonite Settler (approx. 0.6 miles away); Turkey Red Wheat (approx. 7½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newton.
Also see . . .
1. Newton Carnegie Library National Register Nomination. (Submitted on June 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Carnegie Libraries: The Future Made Bright (NPS Lesson Plan) (Submitted on June 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries. (Submitted on June 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Downtown Historic Walking Tour of Newton. (Submitted on June 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.