I remember when I first started out writing, our dear filly sister, Margaret Brownley , who was once a mentor of mine, told me if I wanted to write western historical novels, I should target a 10 to 15 year period and become very familiar with the events and inventions of those times. Since I love history, this was not a chore and with a little luck, some talent and a lot of hard work, Harlequin published my first historical, Lily Gets Her Man. I don’t know if Margaret knows this, but I attribute my writing that book to her! Thank you, Margaret!
Here’s a bit of the timeline and historic events I used to guide me when writing my historical novels dated from 1875 to 1890:
Wyatt Earp begins a career as a law officer in Kansas
Gold is found by Black Hills miners in Deadwood Creek, South Dakota
Grasshoppers ravage the plains.
Mark Twain writes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The telephone was demonstrated by Alexander Graham Bell
Bat Masterson became a deputy marshal of Dodge City, Kansas, serving along with his brother Jim.
First Woolworth store opens in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The San Francisco California Electrical Company is the first in the world to begin selling electrical services
Hide hunters have shot buffalo to near extinction
Cattle business booms in the West.
The Tombstone Epitaph begins publication in Arizona
Polygamy is outlawed
William F. Cody initiated the first Wild West exhibition
The Northern Pacific Railroad connecting the northwestern states to points east is finally completed after 19 years of struggle.
Statue of Liberty unveiled
Prairie fires burn millions of acres in North Dakota
Ohio Valley floods
There’s a financial crisis in New York
Oregon is the first state to recognize Labor Day as a legal holiday
Silver is discovered in Leadsville, Colorado
On November 8, Doc Holliday died of tuberculosis in Colorado
The first Oklahoma Land Run occurs where 50,000 plus– rush to grab almost 2 million acres of once Indian Territory land.
Idaho and Wyoming are admitted to the Union
The massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends the Indian Wars
North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington are admitted to the Union.
Anne Sewell writes Black Beauty
The US Department of the Interior announces that the frontier is closed.
Fast Forward to 2017
I want to thank each and every one of you wonderful loyal bloggers for coming to my blogs here at Petticoats and Pistols. I’ve had a wonderful ten year run with these fine ladies and it’s my time to bid you ado. I will still be writing my modern day western heroes and will be stopping by to say hello!
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So Happy Trails and love to all,
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