Tuesday Council Highlights: Mayor’s Mountain Bike Challenge Gets an Enthusiastic Sendoff, Library Park Gets a New Name, Social Media Gets Reviewed and a Bike Park is Proposed

It was only fitting that a Redding City Council meeting that started with an announcement of the Mayor’s Mountain Bike Challenge would speed along and cover a lot of ground.

That was the case Tuesday as one of the first orders of business involved Mayor Brent Weaver and Ryan Schuppert, vice president of the Redding Trail Alliance, teaming up to introduce the Challenge.

(Details of the challenge, which starts today, can be found here)

Ryan Schuppert helps unveil the Mayor's Mountain Bike Challenge.

Ryan Schuppert helps unveil the Mayor's Mountain Bike Challenge. Photos by Jon Lewis.

Schuppert screened a short video that showed why Redding, with its urban network of trails tied to the Sacramento River and its surrounding countryside laced with single-track, is a perfect fit for the Challenge.

The friendly competition is intended to boost tourism by showcasing Redding’s bike-friendly surroundings to snowbound riders and encourage locals to take advantage of the ample resources, Schuppert said.

“There’s just no reason why Redding is not in the top 10 on every healthy city list” with such an abundance of recreation opportunities, Councilwoman Francie Sullivan said.

The Challenge is a team effort.

The Challenge is a team effort.

Weaver, an avid mountain bike rider, encouraged fellow riders to join him for a social event at 5 p.m. Thursday at Maxwell’s Eatery, 1344 Market St. in downtown Redding. Volunteers with Shasta Living Streets will provide secure valet parking for bicycles.

Prior to introducing the Challenge, Weaver surprised Brian Sindt, a project manager with the McConnell Foundation, with a special recognition for his work in developing bike trails in the Swasey Recreation Area, around Keswick Reservoir and along Clear Creek.

Mayor Brent Weaver, left, and Brian Sindt.

Mayor Brent Weaver, left, and Brian Sindt.

In other action Tuesday, the council:

Bike Park

--Listened to a proposal from Jamie Lynn to develop a bike park in Caldwell Park. Featuring chutes, ramps, ladders, jumps and undulations for bicyclists of all ages and abilities, the park would be located adjacent to the Sacramento River Trail between the Aquatic Center and North Market Street.

Lynn, a developer, said the facility would attract outdoor enthusiasts and families, promote fitness and clean up what has become a seedy section of the popular park. Best of all, he said, it could be built without tax dollars. “A lot of people want to see this happen,” he said.

The idea will be reviewed today at 4 p.m. by the Community Services Advisory Commission.

Science Bowl

--Heard a report from Redding Electric Utility’s Matt Madison on the 20th annual Redding
Regional Science Bowl, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Simpson University.

The Science Bowl is a math- and science-related question-and-answer competition involving high school and middle school teams from eight north state counties. This year’s contest, “the biggest and brightest so far,” Madison said, has attracted 30 high school teams from 15 schools and 18 middle school teams.

Winning teams from both grade levels will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy, to compete in the National Science Bowl in late April. “The kids will impress and amaze you,” Madison promised.

Library Park’s new name

--Voted 5-0 to accept a recommendation from the Community Services Advisory Commission and change the name of Library Park to Carnegie Park. The park, located behind the Lorenz Hotel, was established 115 years ago to complement the Carnegie Library, which opened in 1903.

In a report to the council, Community Services Director Kim Niemer said the Carnegie Library remained in use until the Shasta County Library on West Street was built in 1962. After a couple years of debate, the council voted to demolish the Carnegie Library building in 1965.

The Carnegie Library opened in 1903 and was demolished in 1965. Photo courtesy Shasta Historical Society.

The Carnegie Library opened in 1903 and was demolished in 1965. Photo courtesy Shasta Historical Society.

That demolition left Library Park without a library, Niemer said. While the park itself continues to play a key role in downtown Redding, many people associated with it said some confusion has surfaced in connection with its name.

“With construction of the Redding Library on Parkview Avenue, some have begun to associate South City Park with the library facility. For some, the name Library Park without a library is confusing,” Niemer’s report says.

The name change has the support of the Shasta Historical Society, Niemer said, and the society is interested in working with the city to create a plaque that will educate park visitors about the history of the site and the library that once was.

Social Media

--Heard a report from Matt Morgan of Optimize Worldwide, who for the past year has been shepherding the city into the brave new world of social media.

Matt Morgan reviews the city's social media program.

Matt Morgan reviews the city's social media program.

Deputy City Manager Greg Clark said the city’s use of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the neighborhood-specific Nextdoor.com Web site has allowed it to get important and timely messages to the public. Traffic on the social media platforms has steadily increased, he said.

As an example, Clark said the city issued 30 traditional press releases in 2016. So far in 2017, the city has issued 10 press releases, but has sent out an additional 50 messages via social media. Topics have included meetings on the Blueprint for Public Safety, the Redding Area Bus Authority’s “Beach Bus” service to Whiskeytown Lake and water conservation updates.

The city’s one-year, $24,000 contract with Morgan’s company has reached its end. The work completed included a review of the city’s resources, analysis of its existing social media efforts, meetings and training sessions, and development of 17 different social media sites on six different platforms.

With the groundwork now in place, Clark recommended the council continue utilizing Optimize Worldwide’s services and suggested that question be brought up during a priority-setting workshop scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in the council chambers.

Jon Lewis
Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at jonpaullewis@gmail.com.
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19 Responses

  1. Karen McGrath says:

    It would be extra helpful and convenient if you could include a link to the Council agenda (found on the City website), so that those interested in all the actions up for consideration could quickly access them. There you can review staff reports and more thoroughly understand the issues. This would be the cherry on the sundae, as this reporter always does such a great job!

  2. Richard Christoph says:



    Thanks for your excellent article on the most positive and civil City Council meeting we have ever attended.

  3. Dick says:

    Great article as usual 🙂

    How does Mayor Weaver propose to ensure happy trail sharing between the bikers and the hikers? It hasn’t worked out too well elsewhere.

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      When we lived in Anchorage, we were walking with our dog on a paved trail when a cyclist zoomed by and hit our dog.  Both went down, neither was badly injured, but we stopped walking on the trail, lovely as it was.  I don’t know how sharing is possible between fast moving bicycles and walkers.  Divided lanes perhaps?  Double the cost.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        You had better luck than us. Our dog got hit by a cyclist on the Sacramento River Trail who was going at least 2.5 times the speed limit, riding a fixie with no breaks, cranking hard.  He and his riding partner came over a blind hill and was on us in about 2 seconds.  He flew over the dog and his bike, stuck his arm out to break his fall, and (((crunch))).  Neither our dog nor the cyclist will ever be the same—the cyclist missed months of work and can no longer ride (it was his second severely shattered clavicle owing to road biking accidents), and our dog can no longer go on long hikes without limping for days (damaged hip and front shoulder).

        The cyclist sued us for the maximum of our homeowner’s insurance. Our attorney tells us that a settlement is in the works, but I haven’t seen it in writing yet. I wanted to go to court, but the insurance company is betting that the cyclist (good looking, well-spoken professional) could sway the sympathies of a jury.  In his deposition, the cyclist said he and his partner were going the speed limit—10 mph.  You can damn near ride a bike into a parked car at 10 mph and stay on the bike.

        She’s a big, 100-pound yellow lab.  My grandson was 2 years old at the time, less than half the dog’s size, and had walked on that trial when visiting prior to the accident.  If the cyclist had hit my grandson as hard as it hit the dog, the result likely would have been injuries worse than the cyclists, or death.  I swear, shattered clavicle notwithstanding, I would have…done something that would have put me in prison.

        That was our last time on the Sacramento River Trail, as this was after multiple bad experiences with road bikers.  We continue to hike on trails used by mountain bikers at Swasey and Whiskeytown—we’ve never had a problem with mountain bikers.  They always slow down, pass carefully, say hi to the dogs, mention if anyone is behind them, etc.  Night and day.

        I’ll all for accommodating bike riders, but serious road bikers, in my experience, are d*cks with limbs, with overdeveloped senses of entitlement and magnificently huge victim mentalities.  All paved surfaces are there for them, and nothing is ever their fault.

        • Richard Christoph says:


          Despite having several friends who are road bikers, I  emitted a hearty LOL at your description of  “d*cks with limbs.”  I hike solo, with dogs, and also mountain bike often, and have found as you have, that mountain bikers are generally courteous, friendly, and polite. When on the trail, I ALWAYS defer to hikers/runners and other bikers unless they are jerks, and in that case will stand my ground.

          As supportive of the Mayor’s Weaver’s Mountain Bike Challenge as I truly am, the video shown last evening at the C.C. meeting (and available at krcr.com) does show a number of instances of excessive speed on single-track trails in which it would have been impossible for the biker to avoid hitting a hiker/runner/horse/other biker coming the opposite direction. One luxury of being 67 is that one can enjoy the ride, the environment, and the solitude without having to prove anything to oneself or to others, and to recognize the attendant risk/reward ratio. I hope to still be hiking/biking well into my 90’s, and a foolish and ill-considered risk could jettison that in an instant.

          And if some reckless and unrepentant biker were to harm one of my dogs,….


          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            There are a couple of downhills at Swasey that I know the mountain bikers like to bomb, and I mostly avoid them.  It’s pretty obvious where they are, and they have decent sight lines, so I don’t mind the mountain bikers letting it fly on those trails.  I ski like that*, but I hold myself to reasonable standards.  I don’t bomb crowded or tight runs with slower skiers traversing back and forth below me.

            (*Mostly high-speed cruising on groomed trails these past 10 years, with the occasional tree skiing if the powder is deep and dry.  I no longer ski the fall line through a mogul field like my legs are pistons, and it’s been decades since I’ve skied off the cornice of a bowl or chute and tucked it.)

        • Kerr, David says:

          Road cyclists usually go faster than mountain bikers.  Since energy depends on velocity squared, that means worse crashes.  Road bike brakes are not as good as the disk brakes on most mountain bikes.  Road bikes don’t corner as well as mountain bikes.   The road cyclist has less time to react when coming around a blind corner.    I gave up road biking on the River Trail after causing an accident on a sharp turn.  The bike I ran off the trail went into the blackberries.  Bike and rider were not hurt.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            These were “fixies” without brakes of any kind—illegal in California.  You slow them down by resisting the forward momentum of the bike, which is pushing the pedals because the hub is fixed (you can’t free-wheel like you can on a regular bike).

            In researching the case, I came across the argument by fixie proponents that their bikes do have a mechanism that meets vague legal standard of a brake.  Theoretically, a fixie rider, needing to stop fast, can pop a reverse-wheelie by throwing his weight forward, lifting the rear wheel.  That removes the forward-momentum force from the pedals.  The rider can lock the pedals while the rear wheel hangs in the air, stopping the hub and tire from spinning.  When he drops the rear wheel back to the pavement, he will skid to a halt.

            Yeah, right.

        • Beverly Stafford says:

          I realize that justice doesn’t always prevail in court, but I hope you take your case before a jury of a dozen dog lovers who wouldn’t be swayed by a good-looking, well-spoken professional – reminds me of R.V.’s grifter.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Beverly —  I’d have loved for the case to go to court.  For one thing, the guy who hit my dog was a relatively wealthy Bay Area professional, and I think we could have stirred up some good old-fashioned Shasta County resentment toward the privileged fancy-boy who thinks he can come here and do whatever he wants, to the detriment of the locals.  For another, I had witnesses who could testify that he was violating at least two laws.  I had a couple of expert witnesses lined up, too, to refute the blatant lie that he was only going 10 mph.

            That said, I trust that my interests align with the interests of my insurance company, and that our attorney understands the risk/reward ratio of taking it to court.  I’ll pinch my nose and sign the settlement papers when they come, as it’s considerably less than the amount he sued for, and it’s not coming out of my ass(etts).  I won’t be happy about it, though.

  4. Karen C says:

    I have had many a scare while out on the trails with my dog or another person, when suddenly you hear a loud voice saying “coming up on your left” and someone on a bike zooms by.  It can be very scary, and especially, if you move the wrong way. Scary for the dog too, who did not understand the words and I did not have enough time to gather my wits and keep him out of harms way.

    However, I do like the idea and wish Mr. Weaver success with this endeavor.

  5. Grammy says:

    A good start to an excellent fitness goal.  The photo on the front of the Record Searchlight Monday newspaper sums up what most of Shasta County residents look like, well ahhh….very well padded.

    But safety must come first.  To get hurt on a trail or cycling on our lousy streets will result in a fit person laid up possibly the rest of their life.

  6. R.V. Scheide Jr. says:

    I’m curious about the Carnegie name. Were there local Carnegies in Redding the library was named after or is it named after Andrew Carnegie, the philanthropist?

    • Jon Lewis says:

      R.V., You might find this report helpful:



      A History of Library Park

      Although the building no longer stands, Redding’s Library Park was the site of a Carnegie Library for over 50 years. Currently, the park is a focal point for Redding’s downtown area. For nearly 115 years the lot on Yuba St. has been a park or public gathering place. Therefore, it stands to reason that the area will have a permanent and prominent place in Redding’s history. This site is so married to Andrew Carnegie’s legacy and the actions of a few key citizens that it remains a treasured asset to the City and its residents to this day.

      Andrew Carnegie

      Put very simply, Andrew Carnegie was a highly successful businessman turned philanthropist. With a total lifetime benefaction of $371,065,6531, this polarizing figure was giving, to say the least.2 Carnegie, a Scottish immigrant born in 1835, made millions in the steel industry. In 1901, after building an empire, he sold his businesses and retired to pursue life as a philanthropist until his death in 1919, at which point he gave away all but a small fraction of his remaining money.3 Carnegie’s long and colorful history could in no way be summarized in such small space. Concerning his personal and business history, there are several meaty volumes dedicated to this subject. David Nasaw’s Andrew Carnegie, Peter Krass’ Carnegie and Joseph Frazier Wall’s Andrew Carnegie are just a few noteworthy tomes for those looking for a more in-depth discussion of his history and legacy.

      In 1889, Andrew Carnegie penned his philanthropic philosophy in The Gospel of Wealth. Published in the North American Review, the article administered harsh criticism regarding the wealthiest individuals of his time and outlined the responsibilities that he believed the wealthy have to their fellow humans. He insisted that the surplus wealth of the few should benefit the many through civic donations. Carnegie proclaimed the wisest uses of excess monies to be in the form of universities, libraries, public parks, hospitals, churches, and other public facilities. On this subject, though, Carnegie writes “The result of my own study of the question, ‘What is the best gift which can be given to a community?’ is that a free library occupies the first place, provided the community will accept and maintain it as a public institution.”4 Carnegie attributed some of his personal success to his free access as a young man to a library provided by a Colonel Anderson. Later, he vowed to give this same opportunity to as many people as possible.

      “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never-failing spring in the desert.” -Andrew Carnegie

      Philanthropic Pursuits

      He would employ these ideals throughout the remainder of his years. His foundation donated millions of dollars to music halls, church organs, educational institutions, and even funded a program that aimed to simplify the English language. Eventually, “Carnegie and his foundations would establish 2,811 libraries at a cost of over $60 Million.”5 Carnegie aimed to


      give immigrants the opportunity gain cultural knowledge and provide a place to educate themselves, much like he had as a young boy, and find their own success. Eventually, these acts would see him dubbed the Patron Saint of Libraries. 6 In fact, Carnegie donated libraries in so many different English-speaking countries that it is said the sun never set on his libraries.

      Building libraries became a controlled application process in which applicants petitioned Carnegie for conditional construction funding. Carnegie or his Secretary James Bertram would review the designs for the proposed building, to avoid “unnecessary extravagances and waste.”7 His review process ensured that unnecessary embellishments in the architectural design did not consume his funds. Furthermore, Bertram would then scrutinize the applicant town or area, creating a dossier complete with a questionnaire regarding current library facilities, site availability and other general local statistics. Funding was then determined based off census and questionnaire data and a set rate of two dollars per person.8 The grant program also mandated the applicant agency requesting the library provide ten percent of the initial grant total per year for facility maintenance. In keeping with the philosophy outlined in The Gospel of Wealth, Carnegie occasionally refused to grant the funding altogether, stating that he knew of a local capitalist in the area that should be donating the building.9 Concerning his philanthropic endeavors, The Gospel of Wealth was truly his guiding document. This program of library and facility building did not exist without criticisms. In fact, even Mark Twain stated that Carnegie “has deliberately projected and planned out his fame for himself.”10 The idea being that by affixing his name to these valued institutions (Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Library, etc.) he would propagate his own legacy for future generations. Much to the chagrin of his detractors, as it was never a requirement, only 27 percent of Carnegie’s libraries actually chose to employ his name in their title.11 Others criticized Carnegie for donating bricks instead of books or both. Although there was much criticism from socialists in the day “Carnegie was steadfast in his refusal to give money for books; it was up to the locals to select what would best serve their community.”12 However one perceives the philanthropic acts and Carnegie’s stated distaste of philanthropy as an instrument of fame, his legacy is still joined to these pursuits.

      Several north state towns built Libraries with Carnegie dollars. In the early twentieth century, libraries popped up in California towns including Chico, Biggs, Corning, Colusa, Alturas, Yreka, and, of course, Redding. Even the Redding library was not without its detractors, the Red Bluff News labeling Redding as “Carnegie Beggar(s).”13 Ultimately, it was seen as a highly beneficial institution for the community and saw extensive public utilization.

      Women’s Improvement Club

      Building the Redding Carnegie Library would not have been possible without a local organization taking the initiative to apply for Carnegie funding. The Women’s Improvement Club (Club), organized in 1902 by Mrs. George Groves, formed initially to influence the City to find a solution for two roving cows destroying Mrs. Groves’ peonies.14


      The organization sought to promote civic pride and beautification in Redding. In 1902, Mrs. Groves initiated the process to secure funding for a library, eventually writing a letter to Andrew Carnegie, who in turn donated $10,000 to complete the project.15 The proposed site, on the corner of Center St. and Yuba St. was “a veritable bog” positioned on largely unimproved streets that featured no pavement and are said to have been dusty in the summer and near impassable in the winter months.16

      Construction and Operation

      With funding in hand, the project moved forward. The site was infilled with coordinated efforts by the Lorenz estate and the Women’s Improvement Club. After completing the site preparations the Club installed cement curbing and sidewalks, put in a lawn and planted trees. Carnegie or his staff would have had to approve the designs for the brick structure that was designed and built by Matthew Herron. The striking yet modest Classical Revival styled structure featured Richardsonian Romanesque detailing and utilized locally sourced materials. Most notably, the building’s brick came from the Holt & Gregg brickyard in Shasta County.17 After its completion in 1903, the Redding Carnegie Library opened to the public. The first librarian was Mrs. W.F. Aram, a founding member of the Women’s Improvement Club.18 By 1910, the City Librarian Mrs. Jennie Taylor had amassed a collection of 2737 volumes totaling around $3,000 in value and served 648 card-holding

      Although the above design does not reflect the actual building, it is worthy to note that no mention is made of Carnegie at this point as his funding had not been secured. He would only become involved later after the library plan was proposed to him by the Women’s Improvement Club of Redding. – The San Francisco Call, July 29 1902.

      members with about 115 to 120 daily visitors.19 In 1914 total volumes on hand increased to 3098 and cardholders grew to 821.20


      These numbers show library patronage to be relatively high, considering the City had a population between three and four thousand in this period. The library became the head of the Shasta County Public Library system in 1948 under librarian Esther L. Mardon, who helmed the program until 1963.21

      By 1959, it was well known that the County Library needed to expand and move to a larger facility.22 The modestly built 4,400 square foot Carnegie building could no longer play host to a countywide program serving nearly 60,000 residents. The construction of the Shasta County Public Library facility on Shasta St. built in 1961-1962 under the order of the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, left the Carnegie Library building vacant.23 The new facility served as the headquarters of a 19-branch library system and cost $272,000.24 This transition saw the historic structure without a purpose for the first time in nearly 60 years. To find some utilization for the historic building or the property, various suggestions and proposals came from the community groups. One idea proposed was to tear down the library to make room for a public parking lot. This plan, championed by the Redding Chamber of Commerce, the Traffic and Parking Commission, and nearly all nearby merchants including Robert Dicker, who represented an organization known as R.A.T.S., found substantial traction during the initial vacancy period.25

      Opposition to this plan came from multiple groups in the Redding area. In 1959, the Shasta Historical Society launched a campaign that would attempt to save the historic structure and last six years. Their plan was to convert into a museum for public viewing of local history and other items.26 The society partnered with several local organizations, including the Cascade Wonderland Iris Society, Shasta County Cow-Belles, the Wonderland Garden Club and the Women’s Improvement Club. Other proposals at this time included converting the building to offices, a community center or a senior citizen center.

      In 1960 ex-City engineer Richard H. Ward issued a damning report on the structural fitness of the Carnegie Library to Redding’s City Council. This report outlined the basic structural and design flaws of the building. Additionally, he


      estimated a price of $50,000 just to restore the building, noting that the restored building would still be structurally flawed, unsafe and unable to stand up to an earthquake.27 With these facts in hand and the liability noted by City Attorney Earl D. Murphy, it was mandated that the building remain vacant until a plan could be implemented.28

      That same year, at the request of Mrs. Robert E. Rice, architect William Woollett of the National Preservation Committee examined the building and offered a vastly different conclusion. Woollet cited that the building suffered mostly from neglect, reporting the building needed work but was not so structurally flawed as to be rendered permanently unusable.29 The fundamental disagreement regarding the preservation of the structure would ultimately foster organized participation from the community supporting both sides of the issue.

      Noting that unless the cost of the rehabilitation was reasonable, the only preservation options presented to City Council by Civic Arts Commission Chairman Ray E. Hullinger were to rent or sell the building. His recommendation was that barring an expensive rehabilitation, the building be torn down and the area retained as a park, unless an alternative park could be established in the area.30 A mixed blessing came in 1962 the Shasta Historical Society’s longstanding wish for a museum facility Redding was granted. The Redding City Council proposed to the Civic Arts Commission that Redding Museum and Art Center be opened in the Carter House. The Commission accepted the proposal. Although not their facility of choice this facility would ultimately offer more flexibility for future growth and provided a more tourist friendly destination. In 1963, the Carter House officially opened as the Redding Museum and Art Center.31 Because it was determined that the City could not support two museum facilities, the library remained vacant. This left the building without a compelling proposed purpose and a large price tag for rehabilitation.

      Ultimately, both preservationists and businessmen would lose, failing to see their plans come to fruition. Last minute community efforts to have the Carnegie Library building become a National Historic Landmark failed to gain serious traction or funding. Furthermore, the downtown merchant’s plan was deemed not legal under the guidance of City Attorney Earl D. Murphy, pointing out the land had been dedicated for a park and no precedent existed for establishing a parking lot on a public park. The legal challenge to the parking plan stemmed from the original land donation, which stated that it only be used for a library and city park.32 Murphy’s recommendation was to demolish the building and keep the land for use as a public park.33

      After a few more years of back and forth debating, the City Council ratified Bid Schedule 338 and ordered the building demolished on August 2, 1965. Additionally, “30,000 bricks from building [were] to be cleaned, palletized & stored in City Corporation Yard for future use by Redding Museum and Art Center.”34 The library property did not sit idle for long, seeing continued public use in the aftermath. In the immediate period after demolition, plans emerged to fully incorporate the land into the Master Plan for the Parks of Redding.35 In 1966, the Recreation and Parks commission successfully proposed to the City Council that $7,400 dollars be spent for site improvements.36 Proposed improvements for Carnegie Library


      Library Park undergoing renovations in 1997 37

      Park, as it was named on the plans, included trees, shrubs, ivy, reflection pool and stream, chain link fence, and a plaque with a relief of the library.38

      Modern Uses

      Over the following years, the park would see various uses, including some time spent as a partial parking. In 1996, it began playing host to Redding’s MarketFest, a treasured downtown event featuring a free concert on Thursdays during the summer months. Following its inaugural year, the park received a facelift that would include landscaping, lighting and walking paths. In 1999, the Shasta Builders’ Exchange funded and built a stage. Modeled to be reminiscent of the Carnegie Library building, the stage would play host to the annual Marketfest and remind locals of the site’s heritage. This structure served as the focal point for the festival for the next 14 years until the event moved to another downtown location.39

      More recently, there has been renewed interest in the area for entertainment and cultural events. In 2016, the park hosted Rocktober Nights, a series of concert events. Looking ahead, with its close proximity to downtown Redding, and the forthcoming Downtown Specific Plan, the park will continue to be a hub for community activities and event hosting for the foreseeable future.

      Carnegie’s Legacy

      Although Carnegie maintained he did not intend for his legacy to revolve around his contributions, it does. While the library no longer stands at Library Park, the land is still unoccupied and used strictly for public purposes. Because of the actions undertaken by Andrew Carnegie and the Women’s Improvement Club, this park continues to serve as a place for public events, music performances, and recreation. All of these activities hold true to the ideas put forth in The Gospel of Wealth, and leave this park irrevocably tied to the legacy of Andrew Carnegie.

      Stage at Library Park Funded and Constructed by the Shasta Builders’ Exchange. 40


      1 Approximately $5.178 Billion in 2016 USD or $84.9 Billion in 2016 share of Gross Domestic Product. The US Gross Domestic Product was $78.3 Billion in 1919 and is $17.914 Trillion today. Though, these two calculations are made at 1919 rates. Carnegie’ actual peak philanthropic period came before World War One when the dollar had much more buying power, making these figures much higher. 2 “Carnegie’s Estate at Time of Death About $30,000,000,” New York Times, August 29, 1919.

      3 David Nasaw, Andrew Carnegie. (New York: Penguin Press, 2006), xii-xiii.

      4 Andrew Carnegie. The Gospel of Wealth and Other Timely Essays. (New York: The Century Co., 1901), 27.

      5 Peter Krass, Carnegie, (New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2002), 422-423.

      6 Krass, Carnegie, 422-423.

      7 Krass, Carnegie, 419.

      8 Nasaw, Andrew Carnegie, 608.

      9 Krass, Carnegie, 420.

      10 Krass, Carnegie, 420.

      11 Nasaw, Andrew Carnegie, 606.

      12 Krass, Carnegie, 421.

      13 Red Bluff News, Volume XVII Number 8, 31 January 1902. 14 Mrs. W.D. Tillotson, ”The Women’s Improvement Club of Redding,” The Covered Wagon, (1958): 14-15.

      15 Tillotson, “Women’s Improvement Club,” 15.

      16 Tillotson, “Women’s Improvement Club,” 15.

      17 Tillotson, “Women’s Improvement Club,” 15.

      18 Tillotson, “Women’s Improvement Club,” 15.

      19 “Redding Library Proposers,” The Sacramento Union, July 27, 1910.

      20 News notes of California Libraries, July 1914. Vol. 9 Numbers 1-4, January-October, 1914. (California State Printing office, 1915), 590.

      21 “In Memoriam, Esther L. Mardon,” The Covered Wagon, (1984): 85.

      22 “History and the Record of the Shasta Historical Society,” The Covered Wagon, (1959): 5.

      23 “Redding’s New Museum,” The Covered Wagon, (1977): 57.

      24 “In Memoriam, Esther L. Mardon,” The Covered Wagon, (1984): 85.

      25 “History and the Record of the Shasta Historical Society,” The Covered Wagon, (1959): 5;

      Redding Chamber of commerce, letter to Redding City Council, August 16, 1962.

      R. W. Cowden, City Manager, letter to Ray E. Hullinger, Chairman of Civic Arts Commission, April 3, 1962.

      26 “History and the Record of the Shasta Historical Society,” The Covered Wagon, (1959): 5.

      27 “Report on the Structural Fitness of Carnegie Library Building,” Richard H. Ward Letter to City Council, July 29, 1960.

      28 Earl D. Murphy, Memorandum to City Council, Aug 12 1963.

      29 “A Statement of Appraisal of the Physical Condition of the Carnegie Library at Redding, California.” William Woolett, March 14, 1962. (Accessed in Shasta Historical Society archives)

      30 “Redding’s New Museum,” The Covered Wagon, (1977): 59;

      Ray E. Hullinger, Chairman of Civic Arts Commission, letter to Mayor and City Council, June 13, 1962.

      31 “Redding’s New Museum,” The Covered Wagon, (1977): 59.

      32 “Redding Can’t Sell Library,” Record Searchlight, March 20, 1960.

      33 “Sale of Public Park and Library Land Located Between Yuba and Placer Streets,” Earl D Murphy, letter to City Council, Jan 7 1963.

      34 “History and the Record of the Shasta Historical Society,” The Covered Wagon, (1966): V;

      City of Redding Legislative History Card number 407 Carnegie Library Building. Records Office Microfilm Collection.

      35 Richard A. Riis, letter to Mayor and City Council, July 28, 1966.

      36 City of Redding Legislative History Card number 290, Parks Improvement Records Office Microfilm Collection. 37James Theimer, “Rebuilding Downtown-One Marketfest at a Time,” A News Café, September 3, 2009, Accessed November 15, 2016, https://anewscafe.com/2009/09/03/rebuilding-downtown-one-marketfest-at-a-time/.

      38 William L. Smith, Director of Parks, letter to Mayor and City Council, Feb 15, 1966.


      39 David Benda, “No longer MarketFest, Redding’s summer festival gets new name, new location,” Record Searchlight, April 12, 2013, Accessed November 15, 2016, http://www.redding.com/news/no-longer-marketfest-reddings-summer-festival-gets-new-name-new-location-ep-361267648-353952431.html.

      40 Shasta Builders’ Exchange, “SBE Community Fund,” Accessed November 18, 2016, http://www.shastabe.com/about/sbe-community-fund-2/?.

  7. Jon Lewis says:

    Links to the various staff reports cited at Tuesday’s meeting are included in the video of the meeting, which can be found here: http://reddingcityca.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=2682&Format=Minutes

  8. Beverly Stafford says:

    Steve, we seem to have reached the limit of being able to respond to each other, but I will tell you that my niece had a somewhat similar incident in that she was rear-ended while stopped waiting for oncoming traffic on a two-lane road in order to make a left turn into a business driveway.  The other driver was completely in the wrong, no skid marks to indicate that he braked before hitting her at something like 45+ MPH.  Her insurance company took the same route as yours, and she, too, held her nose while accepting an amount that didn’t cover her pain and suffering from lots of physical therapy.  We live in an unfair world often times.  My heart weeps for your dog’s condition after the crash.  But I couldn’t care less about the rogue cyclist.

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