Clear Lake Public Library
Current street address: 200 North 4th Street Clear Lake, IA 50428-1698
Carnegie address: 200 North 4th Street Clear Lake, IA 50428-1698
Original building still standing: Yes
Still in use as a library: Yes
Carnegie Grant Information
Date of Grant: March 31, 19161
Amount of Grant: $8,500.001
Cornerstone Date: 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Opening Date: Friday, June 7 1918, Congregational church, afternoon3
Librarian, at Dedication: Miss Pearl McDowell3
Architect: J. H. Jeffers, Mason City
Contractor: J. H. Patterson
Building Size: 45 x 60 ft.2
Building Description: "The building which is of mat brick..."3
Town & County
City: Clear Lake
County: Cerro Gordo County
Population in 1900: 2,741
Population in 2010: 7,777
Twelfth Census of the United States â€” 1900. p. 449.
Thirteenth Census of the United States — 1910. 2,014.
Clear Lake is in the county of Cerro Gordo, which was established on January 15, 1851. The county was named for the site where General Winfield Scott defeated the forces of General Santa Ana in the Mexican War in 1847. In 1855, Mason City was selected as the county seat. In Cerro Gordo County, both Clear Lake and Mason City received Carnegie grants.
(Source: Pratt, LeRoy G. “The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa.” Mason City, Ia; Klipto Printing & Office Supply Company, 1977, p. 64.)
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