Carnegie Library in Lusk, WY

Readers of this blog know that I enjoy visiting Carnegie Libraries. While this beauty is not open late on a Sunday afternoon, it is a wonderful example of the “real and permanent good” that Andrew Carnegie sought to do with his philanthropy.

Wyoming is the least populous of the 48 contiguous states. The 4O miles between Lusk and the next big town down the road is filled with grassland, prong-horn deer – and few people. This little library serves not only the 5000+ people of Lusk, but the entire county.

Built to face a corner on the only big street in town, it shares the block with what appears to be City Hall, which proclaims “A public office is a public trust” in bold letters over the entrance.

My hat is off to the people of Lusk: they have their priorities in good shape!

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