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Temple in Bell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Temple Public Library

 
 
Temple Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
1. Temple Public Library Marker
Inscription. On March 29, 1900, the Women’s Literary Club and the Self Culture Club formed a city federation for the purpose of organizing a public library. Soon the first library opened in a corner of the post office building and later moved to a book store. In 1901 the National Library Program of steel millionaire Andrew Carnegie funded a library building. The new structure was opened in 1904 in the center of the city park at First and Central Avenue. Citizens headed by Mrs. W.S. Banks held fund drives to operate the facility until 1907 when the city appropriated revenue.
     In 1918, fire destroyed the building. The library reopened in 1924 and was housed in various businesses until 1929 when it moved into the municipal building. Women of the library board ran the program until the city took over in 1954.
     After a new postal facility was erected in 1963 the city received this 51-year-old post office building for a library. The Renaissance Revival edifice was remodeled in 1964 using funds from a bond issue and the Carnegie Library Association. A memorial room was named for W. Goodrich Jones, one of the library’s benefactors. This facility is a member of the Central Texas Library Association and provides a full library program.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1978

 
Erected
Marker next to Main Entrance of Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
2. Marker next to Main Entrance of Building
1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5223.)
 
Location. 31° 5.869′ N, 97° 20.438′ W. Marker is in Temple, Texas, in Bell County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Main Street and E. Adams Avenue (State Highway 53), on the right when traveling north on N. Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 N. Main St, Temple TX 76501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Organization of the Texas Forestry Association (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pool of Tears Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Bernard Moore Temple (about 700 feet away); Wilson Van Dyke (approx. 10.1 miles away); Bell County (approx. 11.1 miles away); Little River Fort (approx. 11.1 miles away); Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Planing Mill (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Temple.
 
Categories. Education
 
103 Year Old Building Used for Library and Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
3. 103 Year Old Building Used for Library and Post Office
At northeast corner of N. Main St and E. Adams Ave
About 103 years ago.... image. Click for full size.
circa 1912
4. About 103 years ago....
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4. submitted on October 28, 2015.
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