KFSM Channel 5; Fort Smith, Arkansas
Posted by: boatchick
N 35° 23.145 W 094° 24.963
15S E 371388 N 3916743
Quick Description: The Fort Smith, Arkansas Carnegie building has an interesting new re-use.
Location: Arkansas, United States
Date Posted: 2/4/2010 1:54:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM85XA
As memorialized on the cornerstone of the Fort Smith Carnegie library, the library was founded Oct. 10th 1891 by the Fortnightly Club. In 1902, even before receiving a Carnegie grant, the city of Fort Smith had the largest public library collection in the state of Arkansas. The Fortnightly Club and the Fort Smith Reading Room Association came together to form the Fort Smith Public Library Association in 1904. Their goal was to secure a Carnegie grant and to raise funds for a new and improved library. A grant of $25,000 was given to build a brick and stone building at North 13th and D Streets. Again according to the building's cornerstone, the date of the grant was March 24th, 1906. The library served the public until 1970, when a new, larger facility was opened. Today, the building is the home of KFSM Channel 5
, the local CBS affiliate.
Jones, Theodore. Carnegie Libraries Across America
Fort Smith Public Library