National Register of Historic Places

Carnegie Public Library


Date Added to Register

Sunday, November 07, 1976

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The Johnson County Library Building is situated on the northwest corner of the County Courthouse grounds. It was built in 1909 of native stone. It is a fine example of the Neoclassical style of architecture. On January 28, 1909, the local newspaper of Buffalo reported that Judge Parmalee had returned from visiting libraries in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. He said that Andrew Carnegie had agreed to provide $12,500 for erection of a library building in Buffalo, if the County would furnish the site and $1,250 a year for maintenance. Citizens of Johnson County agreed, and a portion of the Courthouse grounds was donated by the County Commissioners upon which to build the library.

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