Category Archives: Stagecoaches

On the Railroad 150 Years Ago

One hundred fifty years ago, in August 1868, the Union Pacific Railroad’s tracks in Wyoming extended almost seven hundred miles west from Omaha, Nebraska. End of track was now thirty miles beyond the new bridge over the North Platte River … Continue reading

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Will Braddock, Fort Bridger, and Christmas

Will Braddock spent his first Christmas in the far west in 1867 at Fort Bridger, which at that time was still Dakota Territory. I reveal in Chapter 1 of Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two, that Will had wintered-over at the fort with … Continue reading

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Dale Creek Bridge, Wyoming

[media-credit name=”A. J. Russell” align=”aligncenter” width=”485″][/media-credit] The Dale Creek Bridge in southeastern Wyoming figures in the first two books of The Iron Horse Chronicles. The Union Pacific Railroad completed the timber trestle in the spring of 1868. The bridge was the highest … Continue reading

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Virginia Dale Station, Colorado

In Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, Jenny McNabb buries her mother behind the Virginia Dale stagecoach station in northern Colorado. Virginia Dale served as one of the “home stations” on the Overland Trail. When Jenny passed through in 1867, the … Continue reading

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Julesburg—A Tale of Four Cities

Julesburg, Colorado, has the unusual distinction of existing in four different locations. The current and fourth Town of Julesburg, advertising itself as the “Gateway to Colorado,” is a pleasant community of about 1,200 persons. It is located on the South … Continue reading

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Bear Claws Cover Released

[media-credit name=”ENC Graphic Services” align=”alignleft” width=”194″][/media-credit] The cover art for Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two, has been released by ENC Graphic Services and Five Star Publishing. The cover conveys the power and intensity of the adventures facing fifteen-year-old Will Braddock as the … Continue reading

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Locomotive Substitution

Like the starter in a sporting event, the locomotive that begins the game may not be the one at the finish. The two famous locomotives that touched cowcatchers at Promontory Summit, Utah, when the golden spike was driven, were both substitutes. … Continue reading

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