The Haskell Free Library, which straddles the U.S.-Canada border, is home to an array of novels, an opera house and — for a brief time — international gun smugglers.
The heritage building was built in 1904 and is the only library in the world to straddle a border, between the towns of Derby Line, Vt., and Stanstead, Que. There is a black line on the library floor marking the divide.
When I was in Germany I used to buy hash in Amsterdam, call a smuggler that my buddy Ralph turned me on to, meet him near the border, then pick up my package the next day about 50 kilometers into Germany.
I never got real personal with the man, but he was in his 70s or 80s and by outward appearances he was a farmer. I suspected that his farm straddled the border and I also figured he’d been doing that since WWII, smuggling shit past the Nazis.