Deadwood's Carnegie Library

Deadwood's Carnegie Library (HM2A1E)

Location: Deadwood, SD 57732 Lawrence County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 22.585', W 103° 43.913'

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Andrew Carnegie, steel tycoon and philanthropist, is best known for his charitable contributions in financing public libraries. From 1886 until his death in 1919, Carnegie supported the construction of 1,679 public libraries across the United States. In South Dakota, twenty-five libraries, including the one before you, were built through Carnegie's charitable contributions. Deadwood would become the sixth South Dakota community to apply for and receive funds in the amount of $15,000 dollars for the construction of the library.
Deadwood's library would not have been possible without the hard work and perseverance of the Round Table Club and the Deadwood Womans Club. In 1899, these women's literary groups joined forces to promote the creation of a public library. Within four years, ground for the new library was officially broke on March 28, 1904. Plans from Deadwood architect Charles A. Randall were adopted by the City Commission and called for a one story building to be built in the Greek Style of architecture. An interesting exterior feature of the library included the white sandstone retaining wall from the Burke Quarry in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Prior to being placed in front of the library, the wall was on display in the South Dakota exhibit at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
On November 8, 1905, the library

was officially dedicated in front of a large crowd of spectators. Deadwood Mayor Edward McDonald delivered a thought provoking speech on the importance of a public library and its benefit on the community. Today Deadwood's Carnegie Library still continues to serve the Deadwood citizens and visitors in the capacity of a library, archives, and research facility.
HM NumberHM2A1E
Series This marker is part of the Carnegie Libraries series
Placed ByThe Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission
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Date Added Monday, August 6th, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 601025 N 4914463
Decimal Degrees44.37641667, -103.73188333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 22.585', W 103° 43.913'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 22' 35.1" N, 103° 43' 54.78" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 435 Williams St, Deadwood SD 57732, US
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