Friday, May 15, 2009

1913 Entrance to library, Pacific Park, Long Beach, CA


The earliest Long Beach library was founded on Jan. 1, 1896, and was housed in a room adjoining the City Council office at the corner of Pine and Pacific. In 1899, the library moved into the new City Hall next to Pacific Park. A Carnegie Foundation grant was secured to build a new library building, and the park was chosen for the site. In 1909, the new Long Beach library opened, very near the location of the present Main Library. In 1915 Pacific Park was rededicated as Lincoln Park as thousands of onlookers cheered and the U.S.S. Saratoga fired a 21-gun salute. The library in the park was a center of culture in a proud and growing city. [SOURCE]

No comments: