Saturday, December 5, 2015

Carnegie Libraries: Council Bluffs


1903 - The Beaux Arts style Free Public Carnegie Library building is built in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

September 6, 1904 - The library opens to the public.

1904 to 1997 - The public library serves the people of Council Bluff Iowa but the need for a more modern facility arose.

1997 - The new Council Bluffs Public Library opened to the public.

1997 - 2003 - Funding was raised to remodel the former Carnegie public library building and turn it into the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

May 10, 2003 - The new Union Pacific Railroad Museum opens in the former library building.

Present Day - The former library building continues to serve as the railroad museum.

Previous articles in the series:
Carnegie Libraries: Chronology
Sioux City History and Culture by Bicycle Part 53: Sioux City Free Public Museum
Jefferson, Iowa: Jefferson Public Library
Carnegie Libraries: Additional Chronology

How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy
ANDREW CARNEGIE: Pioneer. Visionary. Innovator.
Iowa Library Services / State Library: Carnegie Libraries of Iowa
Union Pacific Railroad Museum: History