Terrorists blew up this library on October 25, 1909. They were hard-working, pissed off Americans.
This was part of a dynamiting campaign by the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers which reached its zenith with the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building in 1910, but got off to a rawkus start with the timed, simultaneous explosion of 4 sites in Indianapolis. One of those was this Carnegie library, the Hawthorne Branch of the Indianapolis Library, which was under construction.
The library opened finally in 1911 and lasted until 1955. It currently serves as the Center for Working Families, part of the Hawthorne Community Center.
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