Tag Archives: National Park Service

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 … Continue reading

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History and the National Park Service.

As many of the readers of this blog are aware, every few weeks I contribute a blog posting to Mad About MG History. On September 1, 2016, I wrote about the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. In several previous … Continue reading

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Golden Spike Acquired by Five Star Publishing

Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three, has been acquired by Five Star Publishing. Over the next several months, I will be engaged with Five Star’s editorial staff in polishing the manuscript to get it ready for publication. The book … Continue reading

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A New Posting on Mad About MG History

This past week I posted again on Mad About MG History. I contribute frequently to this website that was created to provide help to teachers and librarians in spreading the word about Middle Grade historical novels. This week the subject is about the importance of … Continue reading

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American Buffalo and Will Braddock

In Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, Will Braddock witnesses the growing plight of the American buffalo. On his first train ride from Omaha, traveling westward across the Nebraska plains, a herd of buffalo crosses the tracks causing the … Continue reading

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How A Steam Locomotive Works

The steam locomotive made possible the rapid opening of the western states and territories of the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. This marvelous invention came into being in England right after the turn of the century, less than seventy years before … Continue reading

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The Beauty of 4-4-0 Locomotives

The 4-4-0 locomotive was a thing of beauty that is hard to appreciate from photography of the mid-nineteenth century. Color photography did not exist during the heyday of the locomotive that “built” the first transcontinental railroad. One of the most famous … 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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National Park Service to Offer Eagle Talons

The National Park Service has approved the sale of my novel Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles-Book One at the Golden Spike National Historic Site in Promontory, Utah. The Golden Spike National Historic Site has an extensive book store and gift shop … Continue reading

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