Last I heard Robert Maples was supposed to be preaching out of the old Carnegie Library on west 3rd street in Roswell,NM. I just read, courtesy of our very active new RDR editor Timothy Howsare, that the historical treasure is on the auction block.
The article by DJ Porter educationally points out that the curved staircases rising from the sidewalk is a symbolic feature of all Carnegie libraries. The ascending nature of the staircase represents a person’s growth in knowledge and learning!
Taylor Realtors(Ranchline)wants $375,000 for the history resonating structure even hinting of the presence of an alien in the basement.
Nicole Vargas, the sales agent for Ranchline, indicates there is a group of buyers who want to convert it to a homeless shelter for veterans. That is a bad idea and no way to get young kids who fought in Afghanistan and Irag functional and back on their feet.
I know a lot of the veterans suffer from PTSD, but giving them a place to live for free is not towards any type of curative recovery.
Finally, Jan Dunnahoo’s nostalgic recollections of her walks to the library with her mother seem light years away from the mindless activities of the social media adolescents of today!
I almost forgot, as Porter’s well written article mentions, the Roswell Historic Society wants to sustain the venerable library as is. However, Larry Knadle, who combined with Bob Vogel to write a history tome on the Rotary Club, indicates the costly nature of building code requirements, repairs, and asbestos abatement might not sit well with hard working Roswellites whose property tax would fund most of it.