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Ernie Pyle Public Library

The home of famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle is now a library and museum dedicated to his memory.  

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Ernie Pyle was known as one of the best travel writers of the 1930s. Later in life, he began working as a war correspondent. He was admired both for his grit and his compassion, following soldiers into war zones and telling their stories in a way that touched the hearts of millions of Americans. After he was killed by enemy fire in the Battle of Okinawa, President Truman said, “No man in this war has so well told the story of the American fighting man as American fighting men wanted it told. He deserves the gratitude of all his countrymen.”

Ernie was born in Dana, Indiana, but he chose to make Albuquerque his home base for his world travels. His home is a wonderful example of real Americana and now serves as a branch of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library. Inside are dozens of tributes to Pyle’s life and work including various forms of memorabilia and monuments. In 2006, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The home is a wonderful example of real Americana and now serves as a branch of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library. Inside are dozens of tributes to Pyle’s life and work including various forms of memorabilia and monuments. In 2006, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Know Before You Go

Ernie's house may now be a public library, but it is still largely a residential area. Please be respectful of the neighbors when finding parking, and respectful when exploring the home of one of America's greatest journalists.


Ernie himself is buried at the Punchbowl Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

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