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Fort Worth Flashback: Carnegie Library anchored downtown for many years

Posted May 30, 2014

A 1920s view shows Throckmorton and Ninth streets

A 1920s view shows Throckmorton and Ninth streets. Included in the frame is the Fort Worth Carnegie Public Library (center), with the W.T. Waggoner Building behind and Fort Worth Blue Print Co. across from the library.

The Fort Worth Public Library Association built the original library building in downtown Fort Worth at the corner of Ninth and Throckmorton. The association then ceded the building title to the City of Fort Worth and contracted with the city to operate the library.

The Carnegie Library operated from 1901 until it was demolished and a new building was constructed on the same site. That building was dedicated in 1939.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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