Carnegie Libraries of Idaho & Montana

Statistics come from George S. Bobinski's Carnegie Libraries.


Ten Carnegie libraries were built in Idaho.

Boise, ID Carnegie library

(L) Sepia tinted postcard.
(R) Photo postcard by Wesley Andrews


The pleasant Beaux-Arts Carnegie building opened in 1905. It was replaced in 1973.

Boise, ID Carnegie library

Entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, it now serves as law offices.

Idaho Falls

A 1909 grant finally culminated in a new library in 1916. This building serves as a museum today.

The Wesley Andrews card, distributed from Baker, Oregon was actually printed by Chicago's Curt Teich in 1929.

Idaho Falls Carnegie library postcard.

1901 Carnegie grant: replaced in 1973.


The postcard was published by Wheelock, a Peoria firm which often used German printers.

Lewiston, ID Carnegie library

1904 grant. Subsequently modified, and now serves as the library's history room.

I think the last style I would expect for Moscow's Carnegie building is Mission. Well, it's mission with fanlights in the arched windows, and a foundation.


The card claims to have been published by the Spokane Post Card Co., but we in the know know it's really a Curt Teich printing job.

Moscow, ID Carnegie library

1906 grant.
The Carnegie building remains standing with an addition about 4 times its size.

It's now known as the Marshall Public Library.


Isn't this a charming Curt Teich 'C.T. American Art Colored' card?

Pocatello, ID Carnegie library
Nampa, ID Carnegie library, demolished

1907 grant. Replaced in 1966, after which a fire destroyed the Carnegie building.

The postcard was mailed in 1908, but an unevenly divided reverse indicates a publishing date of 1907, which would be before completion.


1914 grant: replaced in 2001; demolished in 2004.


The photo postcard contains no clue as to its age except its 'AZO' stamp box, and its caption is barely legible.
A later photo is part of Idaho Digital Resources.


Preston, ID Canegie libray, now demolished

At one point there were 17 Carnegie libraries in the state.

Big Timber
Big Timber, MT Canegie library, Type A plan

1914 building: still in use.


Chas. E. Morris postcard, printed in Great Falls.

Bozeman, MT Carnegie library

1902 grant: replaced in 1981; in use as law offices.


(L) The postcard is a Brammer-Palmer Drug Company product.

(R) Published for Phillips Bookstore in Bozeman.


Bozeman, MT Carnegie library
Great Falls
Great Falls, MT Carnegie library, now demolished

(L) Photo by Heyn's Elite Studio: card published by Chas E. Morris of Chinook, Mont.
(R) Neat trademark!

Postcard reverse with bucking bronco in postage box

The 1903 Carnegie building was replaced in 1967, and has been demolished.

Lewistown, MT Carnegie library


(L) RPPC in very poor condition: annotated as Lewistown.
(R) Unattributed tinted post card, mailed in 1912.

Lewistown, MT Carnegie library

1905 grant. Still in use, but there is now a strange structure appended to the front.

Livingston, MT Carnegie library

(L) A German postcard offers a glimpse of surrounding buildings.

(R) Owens Bros. card offers an idealized view, but on the right, a peek of another building was left behind.
Bad retoucher! E. Morris of Chinook, Mont.

Livingston, MT Carnegie library

Now the Livingston-Park County Library.

Built in 1904 and still in use, with 1978 and 2005 expansions.


Miles City
Miles City, MT Carnegie library

(L) Bloom Bros. postcard.

(R) Even better Bloom Bros. postcard, printed in Germany.

Miles City, MT Carnegie library, isolated on a dirt road

Established in 1902 after a 1901 grant. The library's site shows significant exterior alterations.

Missoula, MT Carnegie library

(L) Very verdant: no attribution.

(R) Extremely similar to the Stoughton (WI) Public Library. 'Made exp. for the Montana Souvenir Co.//Photo By McKay'. Divided back.

Missoula, MT Carnegie library

Built in 1903, with A.J. Gibson as the architect. Only nine years later, Ole Bakke designed a Prairie addition to the upper floor, which is more than a little oxymoronic.
The building now serves as the Missoula Art Museum.

(R) A real photo post card (RPPC) shows the addition. Seldom do you find an older card showing an early library expansion.

Missoula, MT Carnegie library, with 2nd storey addition

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