By AHW Staff
October 2, 2017
In October 1895, a library was established in Green River and was located on the first floor of the school (now the Masonic Temple), through the efforts of Robert C. Morris and T.S. Taliaferro, Jr. Green River received a $20,000 Carnegie Public Library Building grant in December of 1905. Noted Wyoming architect William Dubois designed the building, and the library was dedicated on Independence Day in 1907, with 500 citizens attending the ceremonies. The first county librarian was Elizabeth Moriarty and she served until World War I. Her starting wage was $10 per year. When the library celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 4, 1957, they had one employee who worked there the entire 50 years, custodian William Hutton, Jr.
When Green River’s new Sweetwater County Library opened in 1980 the Carnegie building was used to house the county circuit court, but it is now vacant and its future is uncertain. It is included in the Green River Commercial District on the National Register of Historic Places.
Come see our traveling Cowboy Carnegies exhibit at the Sweetwater County Library in Green River. It will be on display at the library from September 8th through October 29th. There will be a free public talk on Tuesday, October 3rd. Come learn more about Green River's Carnegie library and other Carnegies around the state.
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