During the past couple days I have thought of Crawfordsville, Indiana a few times.
The first thoughts came from a Facebook reminder that I had posted a picture from Crawfordsville 10 years ago. This started bringing back memories from the trip I took there at that time.
Then last night I used a picture that I took in Crawfordsville in my post Leaves on Sidewalks.
General Lew Wallace served in the Mexican-American war, became a lawyer and was also a general for the Union in the Civil War.
Wallace finished the novel in 1880 while serving as the territorial governor of the New Mexico Territory. He then served as the U.S. Minister to the Ottoman Empire from 1881 – 1885.
After returning to Indiana he had his study built so that he would have a place of solitude where he could spend time alone while studying or writing. He also needed a place to keep his small library of more than 1,000 books.
I also thought of the Crawfordsville Carnegie Library this evening during a meeting I was in at our library. We were talking about new libraries and I remembered visiting the new library in Crawfordsville. They had turned the old Carnegie Library into a museum.
Some good memories tonight.