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Deadwood in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Deadwood's Carnegie Library

 
 
Deadwood's Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
1. Deadwood's Carnegie Library Marker
Inscription. Andrew Carnegie, steel tycoon and philanthropist, is best known for his charitable contributions in financing public libraries. From 1886 until his death in 1919, Carnegie supported the construction of 1,679 public libraries across the United States. In South Dakota, twenty-five libraries, including the one before you, were built through Carnegie's charitable contributions. Deadwood would become the sixth South Dakota community to apply for and receive funds in the amount of $15,000 dollars for the construction of the library.

Deadwood's library would not have been possible without the hard work and perseverance of the Round Table Club and the Deadwood Womans Club. In 1899, these women's literary groups joined forces to promote the creation of a public library. Within four years, ground for the new library was officially broke on March 28, 1904. Plans from Deadwood architect Charles A. Randall were adopted by the City Commission and called for a one story building to be built in the Greek Style of architecture. An interesting exterior feature of the library included the white sandstone retaining wall from the Burke Quarry in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Prior to being placed in front of the library, the wall was on display in the South Dakota exhibit at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

On November 8, 1905, the library
Marker detail: Portrait of Andrew Carnegie, 1835-1919 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
2. Marker detail: Portrait of Andrew Carnegie, 1835-1919
was officially dedicated in front of a large crowd of spectators. Deadwood Mayor Edward McDonald delivered a thought provoking speech on the importance of a public library and its benefit on the community. Today Deadwood's Carnegie Library still continues to serve the Deadwood citizens and visitors in the capacity of a library, archives, and research facility.
 
Erected by The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries marker series.
 
Location. 44° 22.585′ N, 103° 43.913′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Williams Street and Denver Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Williams Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the left side of the library main entrance from Williams Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 435 Williams Street, Deadwood SD 57732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Generations of Change (within shouting distance of this marker); Ride High, T.C., Ride High (within shouting distance of this marker); Serving the Black Hills (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waite Block Annex
Marker detail: Digging the foundation for the new Deadwood Carnegie Library, April 19, 1904 image. Click for full size.
Adams Museum Collection, Deadwood History, Inc.
3. Marker detail: Digging the foundation for the new Deadwood Carnegie Library, April 19, 1904
(about 300 feet away); Spanish-American War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Deadwood Changing -- 1884 1902 and Now (about 400 feet away); Jack McCall Capture Site (about 400 feet away); Forest Hill (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts.
 
Also see . . .
1. Deadwood Carnegie Library. The Round Table Club and the Deadwood Women’s Club organized Deadwood’s first public library. In 1903, these women’s groups’ facilitated negotiations between the Deadwood City Commission and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie for funds to build a library. Today, the Carnegie Library continues to serve both Deadwood citizens and visitors. It is also a repository of historic newspapers, photographs, and archives. (Submitted on August 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Carnegie Libraries: The Future Made Bright. Many Americans first entered the worlds of information and imagination offered by reading when they walked through the front doors of a Carnegie library. One of 19th-century industrialist
Deadwood's Carnegie Library Entrance (<i>marker visible at left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
4. Deadwood's Carnegie Library Entrance (marker visible at left)
Andrew Carnegie’s many philanthropies, these libraries entertained and educated millions. Between 1886 and 1919, Carnegie’s donations of more than $40 million paid for 1,679 new library buildings in communities large and small across America. (Submitted on August 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Andrew Carnegie’s Story. Andrew Carnegie's philanthropic career began around 1870. Although he supported myriad projects and causes, he is best known for his gifts of free public library buildings, beginning in his native Dunfermline and ultimately extending throughout the English-speaking world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. (Submitted on August 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

4. How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy. Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world. Coming as a dirt poor kid from Scotland to the U.S., by the 1880s he'd built an empire in steel — and then gave it all away: $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country. Carnegie libraries are still the best buildings in many towns. Over the years some have been expanded or torn down. And, in addition to books and computers, Carnegie libraries find new ways to serve the community. (Submitted on September 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Deadwood's Carnegie Library (<i>marker visible just left of entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 12, 2018
5. Deadwood's Carnegie Library (marker visible just left of entrance)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on August 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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