The Ritzville Adams County Journal - Eastern Adams County's Only Independent Voice Since 1887

By Morgane Plager Roth
Local History Library Assistant 

Library Corner: East Adams Library District helps preserve the history of Adams County


Last updated 9/5/2019 at 11:13am

There are moments when I look down at the keyring in my hands and am mystified by the large silver key that allows me access to the most magical building in town. Did you know that Ritzville was the smallest town in America to advocate for and receive a Carnegie Library grant? Did you know that in one day, thanks to a very successful community dance, the people of Ritzville raised enough money to meet the grant requirements? That the cornerstone laying brought the governor to town on June 4, 1907?

Of the 42 Carnegies built in Washington State, only 14 continue to serve in their original bui...

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