by Andrew Carroll. (at Hays Public Library)
“Here Is Where chronicles Andrew Carroll’s eye-opening – and at times hilarious — journey across America to find and explore unmarked historic sites where extraordinary moments occurred and remarkable individuals once lived. Sparking the idea for this book was Carroll’s visit to the spot where Abraham Lincoln’s son was saved by the brother of Lincoln’s assassin. Carroll wondered, How many other unmarked places are there where intriguing events have unfolded and that we walk past every day, not realizing their significance? To answer that question, Carroll ultimately trekked to every region of the country — by car, train, plane, helicopter, bus, bike, and kayak and on foot.” – from Goodreads
Don’t be put off by the length of this book; each story (even though they are historical events, they truly read like entertaining stories) is just a few pages long. Carroll adds a personal touch, outlining what guided him to that particular piece of history and his experience learning about it. I didn’t realize a book about little-known history could be a page-turner, but this one fit the bill. Sublette, KS makes a notable appearance, as does Fort Riley. The only thing I fault Carroll is that he talks much about the photos he takes of each location, but none of the photos are featured in the book.
5 out of 5 stars.