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Carnegie Library Mural by Brad Smith
Corsicana, Texas

Corsicana had a literary magazine in the early 1880s and a Carnegie Library in 1904. The library was originally built at a cost of $25,000, which put it in the middle range of the 32 Carnegie libraries that were originally built in Texas.
Carnegie Library in Corsicana, Texas



The Carnegie Library in Corsicana, razed in 1967

Postcard courtesy texasoldphotos.com
While the Carnegie library was razed in 1967, it still lives in the 1998 mural by Brad Smith. This mural is a fine example of a forgotten building brought back to life in an affordable manner.
Corsicana Texas - Carnegie Library mural
Carnegie Library Mural painted in 1998 by Brad Smith
On W. Collin St. next to the current library.
" The mural had just been restored at the time of my visit."

- Terry Jeanson, December 2011
Corsicana Texas - Carnegie Library mural
Detail of Carnegie Library mural
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
Corsicana Texas - Carnegie Library mural
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
Corsicana Texas - Carnegie Library mural
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2011
Boy bicycling and dog mural
"The Book Return"
(Mural Detail)
Boy and dog are life-sized.
TE Photo, 6-2000
While every town in Texas didn't have a Carnegie library, every town in Texas has lost beautiful buildings. See Razed in Texas

More of Brad Smith's murals in nearby Malakoff
Carnegie Library in Corsicana (43652 bytes)
Carnegie Library
TE postcard
For our curious readers, the entire text follows: "This is one of the Corsicana scenes I wanted to send you while there, and didnít get to. Well, I guess Iím the most unlucky girl that ever was. I went to the woodpile yesterday afternoon for kindling and stuck a nail almost to the head in my foot. I didnít sleep (front of card) scarcely any last night and can hardly walk this morning. Leonard is going to take me to school. Will be glad when morning comes. Elizabeth and I went to Hubbard yesterday.
© John Troesser
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