A great way to learn about a place is to read about it. Below is a list of books that I have read throughout my travels. These include both fiction and non-fiction books, where the author or setting is related to the Capital or State.

Sacramento California

SACRAMENTO'S CAPITOL PARK
By John E. Allen
128 pp. Arcadia Publishing $22
Historic photojournalism documenting the development of the California State Capitol.


SACRAMENTO CHRONICLES: A GOLDEN PAST
By Cheryll Anne Stapp
144 pp. The History Press $20
A brief history of the Sacramento region from just before the Gold Rush to the middle of the 20th Century.


SACRAMENTO RENAISSANCE: ART, MUSIC, & ACTIVISM IN CALIFORNIA'S CAPITAL CITY
By William Burg
192 pp. The History Press $20
Social movements of the 20th Century that shaped Sacramento.

Honolulu Hawai'i

KAMEHAMEHA: THE WARRIOR KING OF HAWAII
By Susan K. Morrison
96 pp. University of Hawaii Press $15
Historical Fiction documenting the life and times of Kamehameha.

Frankfort Kentucky

CONCERNING THE MATTER OF THE KING OF CRAW
By Ron Rhody
288 pp. Outer Banks Publishing Group $17
During the roaring twenties, in Frankfort Kentucky, two boys come of age.


THE GREAT CROSSING: A HISTORIC JOURNEY TO BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY
By Richard Taylor
109 pp. Buffalo Trace Distillery
A brief history of the Burbon industry in Frankfort.

Carson City Nevada

AMERICAN RAILROADS
By John F. Stover
324 pp. University of Chicago Press $28
From short lines to Amtrak, the entire history of railroads in America.


EARLY CARSON CITY
By Susan J. Ballew and L. Trent Dolan 128 pp. Arcadia Publishing $22
Historic photojournalism documenting people, events, and architecture of early Carson City.


A SHORT HISTORY OF CARSON CITY
By Richard Moreno
189 pp. University of Nevada Press $22
A brief history of the foundations of Carson City.

Salem Oregon

THE SALEM CLIQUE: OREGON'S FOUNDING BROTHERS
By Barbara S. Mahoney
224 pp. Oregon State University Press $23
An Oregon historian explores the complexities of creating a state.

Austin Texas

HISTORIC TALES FROM THE TEXAS REPUBLIC: A GLIMPSE OF TEXAS PAST
By Jeffery Robenalt
163 pp. The History Press $20
Stories tracing the history of the Texas Republic from revolution, to sovereignty, to annexation.

Salt Lake City Utah

HIDDEN HISTORY OF UTAH
By Eileen Hallet Stone
208 pp. The History Press $20
Collection of stories showing that a successful newspaper column does not translate to a successful book.


SALT LAKE CITY: 1890 - 1930
By Gary Topping, Melissa Coy Ferguson, and Utah State Historical Society
128 pp. Arcadia Publishing $22
Historic photojournalism documenting the transformation of Salt Lake City from a Mormon refuge to a metropolis.

Olympia Washington

OLYMPIA
By David Scherer Water
109 pp. $10
A local author writes about the city he loves and hates.