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Sparta in Monroe County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Sparta Free Library

 
 
Sparta Free Library Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 23, 2008
1. Sparta Free Library Marker
Inscription.  Prior to the construction of this building in 1902, the Sparta Free Library had several homes in the community. Schick and Roth, a LaCrosse architectural firm, designed the library building.

Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie provided construction funds. The Carnegie Foundation approved Sparta's application for $10,000 when the city agreed to allocate $1,000 annually to the library. The foundation funded 64 libraries in Wisconsin and 1,679 in the United States.

This property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
 
Erected 2004 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 490.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Carnegie Libraries, and the Wisconsin Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
 
Location. 43° 56.671′ N, 90° 48.733′ W. Marker is in Sparta, Wisconsin, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of North Court Street and West Main Street, on the right when
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traveling north on North Court Street. Marker is at the northeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 West Main Street, Sparta WI 54656, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U.S. Post Office (a few steps from this marker); Masonic Lodge (a few steps from this marker); Monroe County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Cannon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wisconsin Child Center Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fort McCoy South Post Gates (approx. 4.1 miles away); Coulee Country (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Driftless Area (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparta.
 
Marker <i>(left)</i> and Sparta Free Library image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, June 23, 2008
2. Marker (left) and Sparta Free Library
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,180 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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