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Carnegie Library - TravelStorys

Historic Downtown Cody

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Wyoming 45 minutes

Carnegie Library

If it's getting close to lunch or dinner time and the smell of pizza is in the air, you are getting close to the site of the old Carnegie library. Where you now see Millstone Pizza, Cody's Carnegie library once stood. In 1904 a group of women in Cody decided Cody needed a library. In an effort to build a library, the Women's Club of Cody asked for a contribution from Andrew Carnegie. Unfortunately, his foundation would only contribute funds to county seats. The club did, however, succeed in acquiring land and built a small library in 1906. After Cody became the county seat of the newly organized Park County in 1909 a contribution from Carnegie was received. Mabel Wilkinson from Greeley, Colorado became Cody's first professional librarian and the opening ceremonies for the Carnegie library were held on the evening of May 9, 1916. The library was added on to in the early 1960s and when it became apparent that the Carnegie building had suffered termite damage and could not be repaired, it was demolished to make way for another addition that was dedicated in 1965. After the county library moved to a new location in 2008 the former library building was sold. When renovations were made to convert the library into Millstone Pizza, a time capsule was discovered behind a 1965 cornerstone. Inside were photos of the old Carnegie library, various documents, and several old coins.

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