Site of Nevada's First Public Library
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member frivlas
N 39° 31.489 W 119° 48.735
11S E 258272 N 4378795
Quick Description: This marker is sitting on the grassy area outside of the post office on S. Virginia Street, near the Truckee River.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 8/17/2006 11:44:45 PM
Waymark Code: WMMH4
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
Views: 42

Long Description:
A plaque at the site of the first Library to be built in the State of Nevada. The library was built in 1904 using $15,000 donated by Andrew Carnegie.
Marker Title (required): Site of Nevada's First Public Library

Marker Number (If official State Marker from NV SHPO website above, otherwise leave blank): 247

Marker Text (required):
In 1895, Washoe County District Attorney Frank H. Norcross, later a Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court and a Federal Judge, began a drive to establish Nevada's first free public library in Reno. That year, he persuaded the Nevada Legislature to enact a law establishing Nevada's public libraries. Nevada's first public library building was erected on this site in 1904 with $15,000 donated by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie on land originally donated to the City of Reno by pioneer Myron C. Lake. It remained in service until 1930, when growth forced its relocation to the site where the Pioneer Theatre Auditorium now stands. The library was sold for $1 and demolished in 1931. In 1966 the library was relocated to a new building at Center and Liberty Streets, three blocks south of this site.

County (required): Washoe (Reno)

Marker Type (required): Metal Plaque

Is Marker Damaged? (required): No

Other Marker Type (optional): Not listed

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URL - Website (optional): Not listed

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