Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library (HMYNI)

Location: Fort Collins, CO 80524 Larimer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 35.083', W 105° 4.424'

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The building that today houses the Fort Collins Museum was constructed in 1903, as a public library. Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie provided $12,000 in funds for the construction. Opened to the public on August 24,1904, the Carnegie Library boasted 3,900 books. Local quarries near today's Horsetooth Reservoir provided the native red sandstone of the building's facade. During the November 18, 1903, cornerstone ceremony, citizens sealed contemporary newspapers and other documents in a metal container and laid it in the stone as a time capsule of Fort Collins History.

During the late 1930s, WPA workers built an addition on the east side of the Carnegie building. This provided more space, including an auditorium. By 1975, the public library had outgrown the facility, and construction began on a new main building, located on the east side of Library Park. The now empty Carnegie Library became home to the Fort Collins Museum in 1977.
Series This marker is part of the Carnegie Libraries series, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series.
Placed ByFort Collins Museum
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 7:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 493760 N 4492660
Decimal Degrees40.58471667, -105.07373333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 35.083', W 105° 4.424'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 35' 4.98" N, 105° 4' 25.44" W
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Area Code(s)970
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 Mathews St, Fort Collins CO 80524, US
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