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On the Railroad 150 Years Ago

Orville Hickman Browning, Secretary of the Interior during the Andrew Johnson administration, had the responsibility of issuing government bonds used to finance the building of the first transcontinental railroad. Browning had earlier completed the senatorial term of Stephen A. Douglas, … Continue reading

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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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On the Railroad 150 Years Ago

One hundred fifty years ago, one of the most significant events in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad took place. The incident did not involve the physical laying of any track, but it influenced the final work on the … Continue reading

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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: … Continue reading

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The Presidents in The Iron Horse Chronicles

In The Iron Horse Chronicles I include scenes about the impact certain Presidents of the United States had on the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. In the first volume of the trilogy, Eagle Talons, I point out the fact … Continue reading

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Fort Sanders, Wyoming

Fort Sanders, Wyoming, near where the present city of Laramie arose, is the location for significant incidents in the first two books of The Iron Horse Chronicles. Unfortunately, not much remains of this installation. U.S. Highway 287 runs through the old … Continue reading

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Fourth of July 1867 in Cheyenne

Will Braddock, in Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, experienced the Fourth of July in 1867 at the founding of the city of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Some historians hold the position that General Grenville M. Dodge, Chief Engineer for the … Continue reading

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Will Braddock’s Canteen

When Will Braddock leaves his Burlington, Iowa, home to commence his quest, as told in the early chapters of Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, he takes with him his father’s Civil War canteen. Jonathan Braddock, Will’s father, was serving as a … Continue reading

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Will Braddock’s Pistol Accessories

When Will Braddock left his home in Burlington, Iowa, to commence his quest to determine his own destiny, he took with him his father’s Army Colt .44-caliber revolver and two pouches. The larger of the two pouches held the cartridges. Each paper-wrapped … Continue reading

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Eagle Talons’ Country

The action in Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, takes place predominately in southeastern Wyoming  (when it was still part of the Dakota Territory) and northeastern Colorado. Will Braddock starts his quest from his birthplace in Burlington, Iowa. He passes through Omaha, Nebraska, in … Continue reading

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