Early Public Library

Early Public Library (HM15LO)

Location: Barstow, TX 79719 Ward County
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N 31° 27.695', W 103° 23.651'

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Vicinity of Early Public Library
The Republic of Texas set a cultural example by legislation for a state library in 1839. In 1874 cities were authorized to establish public libraries, but most were privately financed.

A library near here about 1890 was gift of Miss Anna Gould, a daughter of railroad magnate Jay Gould, when she was visiting the stone quarry 4.5 miles east. She established the library — the first in Ward County, which was not organized until 1892 — for families near the quarry.

Most Texas counties now have free public libraries, since a 1919 law granted this privilege.
HM NumberHM15LO
Marker Number5645
Year Placed1968
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 8:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 652566 N 3481874
Decimal Degrees31.46158333, -103.39418333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 27.695', W 103° 23.651'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 27' 41.70" N, 103° 23' 39.06" W
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Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 103-115 Ranch Rd 516, Barstow TX 79719, US
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