Category Archives: Wagon Trains

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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Upper California Crossing, Julesburg, Colorado

[media-credit name=”William H. Jackson” align=”aligncenter” width=”900″][/media-credit] The Upper California Crossing, where Lodgepole Creek joins the South Platte River near Julesburg, Colorado, served wagon train travelers as the principal place to cross from the south to the north side of the wide … Continue reading

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The Covered Wagon

Jenny McNabb and her family travel west in a covered wagon in 1867 in Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One. Will Braddock first encounters Jenny when the family’s Conestoga wagon breaks a wheel when crossing a swollen creek near Julesburg, Colorado. … Continue reading

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Western Historical Trails

The Western Historical Trails Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, located not far off I-80 where it crosses the Missouri River, provides an educational and informative introduction to four important trails that passed through this region before the transcontinental railroad made travel easier. … Continue reading

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