Colorado & Wyoming
Public Libraries

Wyoming's non-Carnegie libraries have been added to this page.

Akron

Founded 1915. This building, still in use, was built in 1928. Among other funding, dollar raffle tickets helped build the red brick library.

 

The photo postcard was added to a collection in 1958.

Akron, CO public library
Boulder

Replaced (more or less) the Carnegie building. 

 

Mike Roberts chrome postcard.

 

 

Boulder, CO public library
Buena Vista

Now the Northern Chaffee County Library District.


This building was a combination Library and Community House.

Buena Vista, CO public library & community room
Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO public library

Caption from the deckle-edged Dexter Press card's back:
View of Penrose Public Library, Holly Sugar Building, May-D&F Dept. Store and Antlers Plaza Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Opened 1968; renovated 1999. Augmented the Carnegie building.

 

Surprisingly, due to the city annexation of Colorado City, Colorado Springs houses two Carnegie buildings.

 

Denver

Most (well, 8) of Denver's libraries were Carnegie buildings.

1956 main building (Broadway and 14th)
Denver, CO public library

This replaced the Carnegie building, which still stands.

 

Dexter Press card, produced for Sanborn Souvenir Company. The series of postcards all has curved corners, making a good scan challenging.

Sanborn Souvenir Company produced some marvelous photo postcards (see Grand Junction card, below) earlier in the century.

 

Interior of the Denver, CO public library

In turn, the 1956 library was renovated by Michael Graves in 1990. This is the incarnation I have visited, although I don't remember these views.

 

(L) Interior of the lobby. Can you see the postcard rack?
(R) Western Room.

Western Room of the Denver, CO public library
Georgetown (John Tomay Memorial Library)
Julesburg, CO John Tomay Memorial Library (reprint postcard)

This exquisite building, which resembles a train station of the late 19th century, is still in use as a public library.

It's uncommon to see vintage images of libraries reprinted as postcards. Frank J. Duca did this for many intermountain historical structures, and was gentleman enough to make it obvious that his product line was comprised of reprints.

Grand Junction

Built in 1938, as a WPA project, as a replacement for the Carnegie building. In use, with assistance from the Mesa Junior College District, until approximately 1974.

 

Sanborn photo card.

 

Grand Junction, CO public library
Julesburg
Julesburg, CO public library

Somebody flipped a negative.

(L) W.C. Pine card, never mailed.

(R) Mayrose Co. card.

 

Julesburg, CO public library

Combination public library and museum, built in 1937 as a WPA project, and still in use.
On the Colorado State Register of Historical Properties.

Pueblo (McClelland Public Library)
McClelland Public Library's 2nd building, Pueblo, CO

Replaced the Carnegie building sometime around 1965,

 

The Henry McGrew postcard came in Continental size, and has a deckle edge.

Sugar City

Public library, Sugar City, CO

Sugar City was essentially a company town, with an economy dependent on the National Sugar Manufacturing Company, which closed in 1967.

I don't know yet whether this was a village public library, or one serving the workers of the sugar plant. There seems to be no library building  remaining in the town as examining it via Google Street View.

The Process Photo Studios of Chicago issued this card, making me wonder if it's a reprint.

 Wyoming Public Libraries 

Basin (Big Horn County Library)

Big Horn County Library, Basin, WY

Replaced the Carnegie building in the mid-1950s. Doesn't the image scream mid-20th Century?

I believe the other building pictured to be the Big Horn County Courthouse.

Powell
Powell, WY City Hall & Library

Mid-century modern municipal building, no longer housing the library.

 

Now part of the Park County Library System.

 

Torrington

Just because a building is utilitarian, it doesn't have to be ugly.

There is a Sanborn postcard out there that doesn't include "library" in its caption. And on Google Street view, the current library looks like it might be a modernized version of this building. Not hideous, just not as nice.

Postcard by Littler Photograph.

Torrington, WY City Hall & Library

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