The Iron Horse Chronicles Trilogy Complete

The Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy is complete. I have received finished, hard-bound copies of the third book, Golden Spike. Five Star Publishing will release the book officially on July 19, 2017. As usual, they have produced a first-class product. I am proud to offer it to my reading public. Click on the sidebar selections for either Amazon or Barnes & Noble to obtain your copy.

With all three books of the trilogy available, and with the story of Will Braddock’s quest to determine his own destiny complete, I have changed the header of this website to reflect the joining of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific at Promontory Summit, Utah.

 

I took my photograph during a visit to the Golden Spike National Historic Site in 2014 at the annual reenactment of the ceremony. My header photograph duplicates the original celebration documented on May 10, 1869, by the famous photographer Andrew J. Russell.

Union Pacific Railroad

Photo by Andrew J. Russell, May 10, 1969

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Union Pacific’s “Great Race to Promontory” Website

The Union Pacific Railroad has produced a website entitled “Great Race to Promontory” as part of their extensive celebration of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad nearly one hundred fifty years ago. Here is a link to the site: http://www.up.com/goldenspike/index.html.

On the website’s opening page you are offered a choice of starting points to begin your journey as you follow the construction of the first transcontinental railroad during the 1860s. It makes no difference which end you choose, you will end up at Promontory Summit, Utah, where the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific joined on May 10, 1869. After you reach the end of one journey be sure to go to the other starting point to make a complete tour. A master map appears at the top of the journey identifying each stop which contains photos and explanations. You can jump to any location along the route by clicking on a button on this map.

I noticed two errors in the text of the website, and I question the labeling of one photo.

In the introduction to the beginning of the Union Pacific half of the journey, the text states the Union Pacific as ” . . . crossing the continental divide at Sherman Summit on April 5, 1868.” Sherman Summit is not on the continental divide, but it is the highest point either of the railroads had to reach in their construction. Sherman Summit is at the crest of the Laramie Mountains. The Union Pacific does cross the continental divide in Wyoming–in fact crossing it twice because of the Great Divide Basin. One crossing is a few miles west of Rawlings, and the other is several miles east of Rock Springs (those being the two closest points to the divide crossings that are included in the website’s journey). Will Braddock makes all of this clear in Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two.

In the Laramie, Wyoming, entry, the website states that Wyoming became a territory in 1869. In fact, Wyoming became a territory on July 25, 1868. Will Braddock discusses this important date with General Grenville Dodge in Bear Claws.

I question the caption for the photograph in the Elko, Nevada, entry. The photo is dated 1913, but the locomotive shown is not suitable for that late date. The engine appears to be a wood-burning, diamond-stacked, model that would have been phased out by 1913.

Never mind my nitpicking these minor points. The website is a fascinating way to follow the building of what is often called the greatest engineering feat of the nineteen century. Plan to spend an hour or so enjoying the journey. It is extensive and educational.

Of course, you can enjoy the thrill of being a part of this adventure by reading all three books in The Iron Horsed Chronicles. Eagle Talons and Bear Claws are currently available for purchase, and Golden Spike, the final book in the trilogy, which will be released by Five Star Publishing on July 19, 2017, can be preordered, by clicking on either the Robert Lee Murphy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble links in the sidebar.

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Goodreads Giveaway

Five Star Publishing, the publisher of my trilogy The Iron Horse Chronicles, is sponsoring a giveaway on Goodreads for copies of the ARC of Golden Spike. Golden Spike, the third book in the trilogy is scheduled for release on July 19, 2017. I thank Tiffany Schofield, Senior Editor at Five Star, for spearheading this effort and making the giveaway possible. Follow this link to Goodreads and click on the “Enter Giveaway” tab to participate in the contest to win one of the books: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/235173-golden-spike.

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Trilogy Approaching Completion

With the Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy approaching completion, I have changed the header on this website. For the past couple of years, Union Pacific’s Engine 119 has been approaching Promontory Summit in Utah from a distance. On July 19, 2017, Golden Spike will be released by Five Star Publishing, and the trilogy about Will Braddock’s quest to determine his own destiny will be complete. It is appropriate that with publication of the final volume about to occur, Engine 119 needs to draw nearer its destination. Stay tuned for another change to the header on July 19.

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Sun City Anthem Book Signing

Copies of The Iron Horse Chronicles ready for autographing.

The members of Anthem Authors had another successful book signing on Saturday, May 20, 2017, as part of the Spring Clubs Fair held at the Recreation Center in Sun City Anthem, Henderson, Nevada.

As you can see from the photo, I was able to autograph copies of Eagle Talons and Bear Claws in both hardcover and large print editions. I was also able to show people the “not for sale” advance reading copy of Golden Spike and inform them it will be released on July 19, 2017, by Five Star Publishing.

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Wyoming History News Announces Golden Spike

Wyoming History News, the official newsletter for the Wyoming State Historical Society, announced the upcoming release of Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three, in its April 2017 edition. I have created this collage from the newsletter’s masthead and the announcement that appeared in the newsletter’s “On the Book Shelf” section.

 

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Roundup Magazine Article

I am proud to inform readers of this blog that Roundup Magazine published an article I wrote in the April 2017 issue.  The article is entitled: “In 1866, the UP made tracks to the first Wild West Show.” Shown here is the first page of the article, which is three pages long and features seven photographs to illustrate the story of this historical event.

Roundup Magazine is the official publication of Western Writers of America. The magazine is published bi-monthly in order to “provide a forum on issues that pertain to Western literature, in general, and Western Writers of America and its members, in particular.” You do not need to be a member of WWA to subscribe to Roundup. Subscriptions cost only $40 per year from Western Writers of America Inc. at 271 CR 219, Encampment, WY 82325.

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WWI at Mad About MG History

Famous WWI Recruiting Poster

Regular readers of my blog know I am a regular contributor to another blog, Mad About MG History, which is devoted to providing information to teachers and librarians who are engaged in educating middle grade students about the joys and necessity of studying history. On April 27, 2017, I wrote a blog about World War I because one hundred years ago this month the United States entered that war. In my post I suggested numerous books suitable for young readers to learn about that “Great War” that was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.” As adults know, history repeats itself. It is important that young students appreciate that fact, as well. It is particularly true today with the United States involved in so many conflicts around the globe: Syria, Afghanistan, and North Korea being especially troublesome.

You can read my blog post about WWI here: http://madaboutmghistory.blogspot.com/

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Golden Spike at Western Fiction Review

Western Fiction Review

Western Fiction Review recently posted a great review of Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three. Western Fiction Review has now reviewed all three books in the trilogy. I thank Steve M. for including my books in his fine website reviews.

You can check out the Golden Spike review, posted on April 3, 2017, by following this link: http://westernfictionreview.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/golden-spike.html.

While you are at Steve’s website, take time to read other reviews of new western books.

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Sun City Anthem Book Signing

During the annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair at Sun City Anthem, Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, April 8, 2017, I signed books for several folks who purchased Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, and Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two. Many readers who had previously purchased the first two books in the trilogy where interested in when they would be able to add Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three to their collections. I was pleased to tell them to expect the final book in the trilogy to be released by Five Star Publishing on July 19, 2017.

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