From this group, a library board was established which approached Andrew
Carnegie requesting a grant
to construct the building. The building's style is Second
Andrew Carnegie did not like many of the library's features,
such as the dome, fireplace, and the room
for community civic group to meet. He believed that the
space and money used for such extras would
have been better spent for books and shelves.
Guthrie has the only Carnegie Library with a dome that was paid for by Carnegie
funds. Other Carnegie
libraries that have domes were paid by other funds.
Frank Frantz, the last territorial governor, was inaugurated on the library's
front steps on January 5, 1906,
with over 10,000 spectators in the crowd, Frantz had been a member
of the "Rough Riders" in the 1898
Spanish-American War and 25 of his former comrades participated in the inaugural
Charles N. Haskell, the first state governor, took the oath of office on
these same steps on Nov. 16, 1907
Just before Haskell inauguration, a symbolic wedding uniting Mr. Oklahoma
and Miss Indian Territory was
performed. The State Capital newspaper reported that 15,000 to 20,000 visitors
were in Guthrie that day.
The upper floor of the building features a large central domed rotunda where
the circulation desk still stand.
This area has a tiles floor. There are five auxiliary rooms off the central
Time has dealt less kindly with the lower floor of the building. In the early
days Tom Mix, later a Hollywood
cowboy star, taught boxing in the gymnasium which was in the basement and
a part of the first floor.
Years later a floor was added to the gym and the lower
area was converted into a recreation facility for
The basement and first floor now contain museum offices and storage areas
and are not accessible to the