St. Johns Carnegie Library
We visited this charming Carnegie Library in the north Portland neighborhood of St. Johns in March 2016 and were very happy to be able to share it with our friends, Laura and Marvin. The building is still used as a library and is part of the Multnomah County system. The head librarian, Nancy, was […]

St. Johns Carnegie Library


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I’d long hoped to hike the Grand Canyon and finally got it together to sign up for a Sierra Club national outing. I started preparing about six months before the trip, losing some weight and doing hill workouts with a loaded pack. This turned out to have been a very good idea! The trip […]

Grand Canyon Backpacking 2015



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George and Bob and I, three old buddies from the East Coast Paddlers kayaking group in Michigan, went for a week of backpacking in the Wind River Range of Wyoming in early September of 2015. We met in Pinedale and car camped overnight on Half Moon Lake before heading out the next morning from […]

Backpacking the Wind River Range 2015


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From the Albany Public Library’s history page: The Downtown Carnegie Library Andrew Carnegie, a steel magnate, was a philanthropist who began building libraries in the United States in the early 1900s. In 1911, he offered the City of Albany $12,500.00 to build a free public library provided they match his donation and staff the […]

Albany, Oregon Carnegie Library


Gresham Carnegie Library
From the Multnomah County Library web site on the history of the Gresham branch library: By 1912, there was considerable interest in building a library to replace the reading room, which had become inadequate. Community members raised $1,900 to purchase land for a new building on the corner of North Main Street and Fourth […]

Gresham Carnegie Library