Carnegie Libraries: Kansas

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There were 59 public Carnegie Libraries built in Kansas; 47 buildings survive, though few are used as libraries. This board will eventually showcase each library that still exist as of 2014. All photos on this board are original by the author, except where noted. Also, images of historical pictures and postcards are included in some pins.

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Built with local limestone, this stately library is of the Classic Revival design. Mostly well preserved, it is now private offices; a new library was built in 1959. Dear owners: Please replace the missing words at top of and building and acknowledge its history on a sign. FACTS: El Dorado, Kansas (Butler County; Built 1910: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 37.816667; Longitude: -96.854722 #libraries #carnegie Carnegie Library, Historical Pictures, Kansas, Places Ive Been, Survival, Public, Mansions, History, Architecture

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Built with local limestone, this stately library is of the Classic Revival design. Mostly well preserved, it is now private offices; a new library was built in 1959. Dear owners: Please replace the missing words at top of and building and acknowledge its history on a sign. FACTS: El Dorado, Kansas (Butler County; Built 1910: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 37.816667; Longitude: -96.854722 #libraries #carnegie

This building now houses the Harvey County Historical Museum, which is a great use. It is well preserved. FACTS: Newton, Kansas (Harvey County) Built: 1903; Grant: $16,000; GPS: Latitude: 38.044161 ; Longitude: 97.345382 Latitude 38, Newton Kansas, Carnegie Library, Kansas Usa, Western Union, Local History, Historical Pictures, Libraries, Big Ben

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This building now houses the Harvey County Historical Museum, which is a great use. It is well preserved. FACTS: Newton, Kansas (Harvey County) Built: 1903; Grant: $16,000; GPS: Latitude: 38.044161 ; Longitude: 97.345382

The original Carnegie grant of $10,000 was supplemented with additional funds from many local patrons. Numerous additions and upgrades have been locally funded over the years, and the building still functions as the town library. (Photos by Larry Clark) FACTS: Hiawatha, Kansas (Brown County; Built 1907: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 39.852875; Longitude: -95.532628 Larry Clark, Carnegie Library, Brown County, Free Library, Historical Pictures, Weekend Trips, Libraries, Kansas, Places Ive Been

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The original Carnegie grant of $10,000 was supplemented with additional funds from many local patrons. Numerous additions and upgrades have been locally funded over the years, and the building still functions as the town library. (Photos by Larry Clark) FACTS: Hiawatha, Kansas (Brown County; Built 1907: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 39.852875; Longitude: -95.532628

A simple yet unique design, front and back are nearly symmetrical with an entrance on each.Vacant, it belongs to the school district, but it would be costly to bring up to access codes. No plans for it at this time.  FACTS: Caldwell, Kansas (Sumner County) Built: 1910; Grant: $7,000; GPS: Latitude:   37.033025°; Longitude: 97.609761° Carnegie Library, Historical Pictures, School District, Ufo, Libraries, Kansas, Entrance, Facts, Vacation

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A simple yet unique design, front and back are nearly symmetrical with an entrance on each.Vacant, it belongs to the school district, but it would be costly to bring up to access codes. No plans for it at this time. FACTS: Caldwell, Kansas (Sumner County) Built: 1910; Grant: $7,000; GPS: Latitude: 37.033025°; Longitude: 97.609761°

The original building houses a local museum, but is next to a new library… Latitude 38, Carnegie Library, Kids Reading Books, Local Museums, Main Library, Historical Pictures, Stairways, Libraries, Kansas

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The original building houses a local museum, but is next to a new library building. This structure is unique for a Carnegie building as it does not have a stairway to the main library floor. Like many libraries, a bronze statue with children reading books graces a corner in front. FACTS: Lyons, Kansas (Rice County; Built 1909: Funded $6,000, Latitude: 38.3455539; Longitude: -98.203340

This is a well-preserved example of the classic design built with local limestone. It now houses the Cloud County Historical Museum. Small and simple, it is one of the finest looking Carnegie Libraries in the state. FACTS: Concordia, Kansas (Cloud County; Built: 1909: Funded $10,000, Latitude:  39.5705171; Longitude:  -97.6584986 Carnegie Library, Historical Pictures, Weekend Trips, Libraries, Building Design, Kansas, Public, Museum, Houses

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This is a well-preserved example of the classic design built with local limestone. It now houses the Cloud County Historical Museum. Small and simple, it is one of the finest looking Carnegie Libraries in the state. FACTS: Concordia, Kansas (Cloud County; Built: 1909: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 39.5705171; Longitude: -97.6584986

Nearly shrouded by beautiful trees, the Peabody Library is still a functioning library. It show-cases original stain glass windows,, exquisite architecture, and original furniture, though modern throughout. FACTS: Peabody, Kansas (Marion County; Built 1914: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 38.168889,; Longitude: -97.107222 Latitude 38, Peabody Library, Carnegie Library, Then Sings My Soul, Marion County, Historical Pictures, Libraries, Kansas, Trees

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Nearly shrouded by beautiful trees, the Peabody Library is still a functioning library. It show-cases original stain glass windows,, exquisite architecture, and original furniture, though modern throughout. FACTS: Peabody, Kansas (Marion County; Built 1914: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 38.168889,; Longitude: -97.107222

A classic style, well-preserved, and still housing part of the public library while being expanded numerous times. Truly a regal building. FACTS: Abilene, Kansas (Butler County; Built: 1908: Funded $12,500, Latitude: 38.919722; Longitude:  -97.217222 Latitude 38, Abilene Kansas, Carnegie Library, Historical Pictures, Libraries, Butler, Classic Style, Public, Facts

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A classic style, well-preserved, and still housing part of the public library while being expanded numerous times. Truly a regal building. FACTS: Abilene, Kansas (Butler County; Built: 1908: Funded $12,500, Latitude: 38.919722; Longitude: -97.217222

The Canton library holds the distinction of being the last U.S. Carnegie Library built. Additionally, it must be one of the smallest. It is still an active library and the community takes great pride in it.  FACTS: Canton, Kansas (McPherson County; Built 1921: Funded $6,000, Latitude: 38.388056; Longitude: -97.426389 Latitude 38, Carnegie Library, State Of Kansas, Historical Pictures, Libraries, Pride, Public, Facts, Community

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The Canton library holds the distinction of being the last U.S. Carnegie Library built. Additionally, it must be one of the smallest. It is still an active library and the community takes great pride in it. FACTS: Canton, Kansas (McPherson County; Built 1921: Funded $6,000, Latitude: 38.388056; Longitude: -97.426389

No longer a library, it is now an office for the AFL-CIO, which they have placed a garish, plastic sign where the words "PUBLIC LIBRARY" were inscribed in relief. Shame on them for not maintaining some semblance of respect for history. Two vintage postcards show earlier views.  FACTS: Hutchinson, Kansas (Reno County); Built 1902; Funded $32,000; Latitude: 38,3.4882N; Longitude: 97,55.9218W Latitude 38, Hutchinson Kansas, Carnegie Library, Plastic Signs, Historical Pictures, Vintage Postcards, Libraries, Respect, Public

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No longer a library, it is now an office for the AFL-CIO, which they have placed a garish, plastic sign where the words "PUBLIC LIBRARY" were inscribed in relief. Shame on them for not maintaining some semblance of respect for history. Two vintage postcards show earlier views. FACTS: Hutchinson, Kansas (Reno County); Built 1902; Funded $32,000; Latitude: 38,3.4882N; Longitude: 97,55.9218W

This library is well preserved, currently used as a cultural center. Unlike many examples, it is located in a lovely park with no crowding of other buildings. FACTS:  Ottawa, Kansas (Franklin County)    Built: 1903;  Grant: $15,000;  GPS: Latitude:  38,36.6612N; Longitude: 95,16.0963W Latitude 38, Ottawa Kansas, Carnegie Library, Franklin County, Cultural Center, Historical Pictures, Libraries, Buildings, Facts

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This library is well preserved, currently used as a cultural center. Unlike many examples, it is located in a lovely park with no crowding of other buildings. FACTS: Ottawa, Kansas (Franklin County) Built: 1903; Grant: $15,000; GPS: Latitude: 38,36.6612N; Longitude: 95,16.0963W

The town supported library development as early as 1887. This lovely building has gone through numerous renovations, including repairs from tornado damage in 1973. Still functions as the main library. FACTS: Clay Center, Kansas (Clay County; Built: 1912: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 39.376667; Longitude:  -97.123889 Tornado Damage, Clay County, Carnegie Library, Clay Center, Main Library, Historical Pictures, Libraries, Kansas, Public

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The town supported library development as early as 1887. This lovely building has gone through numerous renovations, including repairs from tornado damage in 1973. Still functions as the main library. FACTS: Clay Center, Kansas (Clay County; Built: 1912: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 39.376667; Longitude: -97.123889

Map of Carnegie libraries in Kansas. Work in progress. Carnegie Library, City Library, Historical Pictures, Kansas, Libraries, Map, Location Map, Library Room, Maps

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Map of Carnegie libraries in Kansas. Work in progress.

Set in a lovely park, the small library is still in use, and is very well maintained with the surroundings immaculately manicured. Numerous Civil War monuments and sculptures are adjacent to the library. FACTS: Sterling, Kansas (Rice County); Built 1917; Funded $10,000; Latitude: 38.210556; Longitude:  -98.206944 Latitude 38, Carnegie Library, Historical Pictures, Very Well, Monuments, Libraries, Kansas, Sculptures, Rice

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Set in a lovely park, the small library is still in use, and is very well maintained with the surroundings immaculately manicured. Numerous Civil War monuments and sculptures are adjacent to the library. FACTS: Sterling, Kansas (Rice County); Built 1917; Funded $10,000; Latitude: 38.210556; Longitude: -98.206944

This a project to document in photographs all the standing Carnegie Libraries in Kansas. Carnegie Library, Historical Pictures, Libraries, Kansas, Photographs, Survival, Building, Photos, Buildings

This a project to document in photographs all the standing Carnegie Libraries in Kansas.