Chance, CA—Pictures Taken Summer of 2008
Left: My husband Allen and I standing on what used
to be the main street of Last Chance, CA. Taken summer 2008.
Right: Four old fence
posts in the formation of a corral. Very possibly the location of the blacksmith shop. Square nail heads show these posts date to the time of my book,
Left: The remains of the Last Chance
cemetery, where Ethan Allen Grosch is buried.
Chance hotel. The upstairs
could only be accessed by a ladder on the outside of the building.
Mostly unmarried miners used the large room. This building
fronted Main Street.
Left: Meadow where the spring is located
the apple orchard used to be. About 10 yrs ago (or so) vandals cut
down the 150-year-old trees.
canyon country the mule
teams had to traverse to get to Last Chance; the elevation changes 3,000&ndash5,000 feet in this section.
Oregon—Pictures Taken Summer 2009
We live less than an hour
from the old town
site of Bridal Veil, and we spent a couple of hours with a local historian
who gave us a tour of what used to be Bridal Veil and the old
mill/town site of Palmer. Very little still exists—just the railroad
tracks, a small post office (not there during the time of the book), and
a church. All the historic houses and businesses were torn down by a
nature preservation group who purchsed the twenty-acre parcel of land
where the town used to be.
Two different views of
Bridal Veil Falls taken from the base, rather than the top, where most
On the left: The stream
where Margaret sat when she needed to think
Right: Tom (the
local historian) and I in front of the second smallest (in use) PO in the United States. The post mistress hand stamps thousands of wedding invitations per year
that are sent to her to receive a special Bridal Veil post
Arizona—Pictures Taken Spring 2010
Left: The Golden Eagle
Brewery, later called the Crystal Palace and featured in my new book.
Right: Stage coach on Allen
Street, the original main street in Tombstone and still much as it was
at the turn of the century.
Left: The Oriental Saloon.
After a fire in 1882, the building was rebuilt from two stories to one. It was a
two-story at the time of my book.
Right: The Tombstone Epitaph, a
newspaper dating back to 1880 and still in business today.
down Allen Street on the left side
down Allen Street on the right side
Left: St. Paul's Episcopal
Church was finished and in use toward the end of 1881.
Right: City Hall, in use
during the time of my book in 1881. Ground floor is the fire department.
Left: Yes, there really IS a Toughnut
Street! The other sign points to the Good Enough mine.
Right: Nellie Cashman's Russ
House (boarding house/restaurant) where Nevada stays.