Tag Archives: Historical Personage

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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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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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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Bear Claws Reviewed by Railroad History Magazine

Railroad History, the journal of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, reviewed Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two, in its Spring-Summer 2016 issue, Number 214. In my post of November 9, 2015, I wrote about Railroad History’s review of … 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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The Revenant and the Mountain Men

As many of you know, every few weeks I post on the Mad About MG History blog. On February 4, 2016, I wrote a post for that blog entitled “The Revenant and the Mountain Men.” This posting incorporates portions of  “Revenant and The … Continue reading

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The Revenant and The Iron Horse Chronicles

The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has an interesting and pertinent relationship with The Iron Horse Chronicles. The movie dramatically tells of the hardships endured by the mountain men who hunted, trapped, and explored the western regions of the United States in … Continue reading

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Presentation to Henderson Seniors

Two days before Thanksgiving this year, I had the privilege of making a presentation to guests at the Heritage Park Senior Facility in Henderson, Nevada. My talk, supported with Power Point slides, was on why and how I wrote The Iron … Continue reading

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