Site of Cheyenne's Carnegie Public Library — 1901-1966

Site of Cheyenne's Carnegie Public Library — 1901-1966 (HM1SMT)

Location: Cheyenne, WY 82001 Laramie County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 8.274', W 104° 49.109'

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New York, Dec. 27, 1899
Robert C. Morris, Esq.,
Dear Sir: Your favor of the 16th instant received. When the city of Cheyenne is willing to furnish a proper site for a free public library and maintain it at a cost of not less than $3,000 a year, I shall be glad to give $50,000 for the building.
A public library cannot be maintained for less than $3,000, and really should be $4,000 per year.
Very truly yours,
Andrew Carnegie

The Cheyenne Carnegie Public Library was located on the southeast corner of West 22nd Street and Capitol Avenue, and was a County Library rather than a City Library. The first Carnegie built in Wyoming (1 of 16), it was replaced in 1966 and torn down in 1971. A bronze plaque from the Library is located in the current County Library just a few blocks west of its former location.
Carnegie libraries are libraries which were built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie. Over 2,500 Carnegie libraries were built, including public and university. Carnegie earned the nickname Patron Saint of Libraries.
Of the 2,500 libraries funded between 1883 and 1929, 1,689 are built in the United States. Very few towns that requested a grant and agreed to his terms were refused. When the last grant was made in 1919, there were 3,500 libraries in the



United States, nearly half of them paid for by Carnegie.
In the early 20th Century, a Carnegie library was the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities from Maine to California. Most of the library buildings are unique, displaying a number of different styles, including Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Classic Revival and Spanish Colonial. Each style was chosen by the community and was typically simple yet formal, welcoming patrons to enter through a prominent doorway, nearly always accessed via a staircase. The staircase was intended to show that a person was elevating himself. Similarly, outside virtually every branch a lamppost or lantern symbolized enlightenment.
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HM NumberHM1SMT
Series This marker is part of the Carnegie Libraries series, and the Carnegie Libraries series.
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Placed ByCheyenne Historic Preservation Board
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at 11:38am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 515233 N 4554081
Decimal Degrees41.13790000, -104.81848333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 8.274', W 104° 49.109'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 8' 16.44" N, 104° 49' 6.54" W
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Area Code(s)307, 712
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2121 Capitol Ave, Cheyenne WY 82001, US
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