Saturday, October 15, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 15

October 15, 1970 – The Taylors Falls, Minn., public library was named to the National Register of Historical Places on this date.

“Built originally as a residence and tailor shop for John Jacob Spengler, the house was sold in 1887 to the Taylors Falls Library Association for use as the town library.

“The single-story, wood-frame building was built in 1854 in the Eastlake style. The front room with its barrel-vault ceiling served as Spengler's tailor shop, which made uniforms for Taylors Falls soldiers during the Civil War. Spengler and his family lived in the back room, decorated with oak-grained pine woodwork and a pressed tin ceiling.

“Few changes were made to the building when it was converted to a library in 1887. There the Taylors Falls Library Association housed its collection, catalogued in order of acquisition beginning with a Bible. The library, filled with travel diaries, children's stories, tales of adventure, mysteries and novels, proved popular with townspeople and summer visitors alike.”

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Oct. 15, 2016,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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