Carnegie libraries have rich Wyoming history

(Wyoming) — The Alliance for Historic Wyoming has recently released an interactive website featuring histories of each of Wyoming's 16 Carnegie Libraries — some still in use, some now gone. In 2016, the Alliance will host a traveling exhibit in several communities around Wyoming. Sheridan's former Carnegie facility is gone, but Johnson County's is still in use. The organization hopes to keep the nine remaining buildings in use or preserved. According to the new website, in 1876, the American Library Association was formed. In 1886, Andrew Carnegie began giving money to build free public libraries. [image: unnamed (1).png] *h/t Alliance for Historic Wyoming / Pitchengine Communities* Sheridan County's former Carnegie Library was awarded grant funds of $12,500 on March 18, 1904, and was completed in 1905. It was demolished in 1974, when the library facilities moved to the Sheridan County Fulmer Library. [image: lkjlkj.JPG] *​**h/t Alliance for Historic Wyoming / Pitchengine Communities* The Johnson County Library, now the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, was granted $12,500 on Jan. 14, 1909 and was completed that same year. The building served as a library until 1987. Today, it is the only Wyoming Carnegie library listed independently on the National Register of Historic Places. In Craig Johnson's "Longmire" series, the fictional sheriff has his office in the Buffalo Carnegie building, according to the Alliance. *Feature photo Alliance for Historic Wyoming / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news