Category Archives: Indians

The First Wild West Show

The first wild west show was a complete surprise to its audience. The incentive for staging that performance was not to sell theatrical tickets. The show was gratuitous. It was a celebration for having won a race—the first race in … Continue reading

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Fetterman Massacre

The Fetterman Massacre figures only peripherally in The Iron Horse Chronicles. In Eagle Talons, Jenny McNabb and her family are forced to follow the Overland Trail on their journey westward in 1867 rather than use the Oregon Trail. Because of the Fetterman … Continue reading

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Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming

Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, contains scenes of Will Braddock, the young protagonist, recovering from injuries and eventually “escaping” from the hospital at Fort D. A. Russell. In July 1867, Braddock had accompanied General Grenville M. Dodge into the southeast … Continue reading

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Anthem Authors Reviewed in Roundup Magazine

Two fellow members of Anthem Authors have books reviewed in the February 2016 issue of Roundup Magazine, the official publication of Western Writers of America. Since many readers of this website’s blog do not subscribe to Roundup Magazine, I want to … Continue reading

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Lodgepole Creek in Eagle Talons

Lodgepole Creek features prominently in Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One. The creek rises in the Laramie Range of the Rocky Mountains in southeastern Wyoming, flows eastward across the southwestern corner of Nebraska, and joins the South Platte River … 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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Verisimilitude or Phony History

In writing The Iron Horse Chronicles, I work hard to create verisimilitude in my story. A current television series and a recent movie about building the first transcontinental railroad have frustrated me by resorting to phony history to create sensationalism. If … Continue reading

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Bear Claws at Western Fiction Review

Western Fiction Review posted a review of Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two, on September 3, 2015. Steve M. (that’s all the name he goes by) regularly reviews new western novels for his blog, which originates in the UK. … Continue reading

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Bear Claws Reviewed by Readers’ Favorite

Readers’ Favorite has awarded its Five Star seal to Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two, and has provided the following review by Jack Magnus: “Bear Claws: The Iron Horse Chronicles, Book Two is a historical coming of age novel … Continue reading

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American Buffalo and Will Braddock

[media-credit name=”Wikipedia” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit] 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 … Continue reading

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