Historical Events That Shaped Our Country and 5 Gift Card Giveaways by Charlene Sands!

 

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:

1875

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.

1876

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.

1879

First Woolworth store opens in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The San Francisco California Electrical Company is the first in the world to begin selling electrical services

1880

Hide hunters have shot buffalo to near extinction

Cattle business booms in the West.

The Tombstone Epitaph begins publication in Arizona

1882

Polygamy is outlawed

William F. Cody initiated the first Wild West exhibition

1883

The Northern Pacific Railroad connecting the northwestern states to points east is finally completed after 19 years of struggle.

Statue of Liberty unveiled

1884

Prairie fires burn millions of acres in North Dakota

Ohio Valley floods

There’s a financial crisis in New York

1887

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

 

1889

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

 

1890

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!

For the authors:  I’m saying a Special Big Thank You for being supportive, hard-working and diligent in making this blog one of the finest!   I love you all!!

For our bloggers:  Please know that these authors, many of whom have become life-long  friends are the very best of the best. I leave you in their capable hands.  And to celebrate my years here at Petticoats, I’m giving away five, $5.00  Amazon Gift cards to random winners to show my appreciation!  Check back later in the day! 

So Happy Trails and love to all,

Charlene

Visit me at http://www.charlenesands.com for all my new releases and latest news!  And be sure to look for the 3rd book in the Forever Texan Series titled Redeeming the Texas Rancher – August 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlene Sands
Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling Author of 35 novels, writing both western and contemporary romance. She's a lover of all things romantic, especially her bold, rugged, heartstopping "real good men" heroes! She's the recepient of the National Readers' Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award and the Cataromance Reviwer's Choice Award. When not writing, she spends time with her "hero" husband, enjoying Pacific Beaches and drinking iced mocha cappucinos!

Charlene loves to hear from her readers.
Drop her a line at www.charlenesands.com or write her at PO. Box 4883, West Hills, CA 91308
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Updated: June 4, 2017 — 11:39 pm

52 Comments

  1. Sorry to see you go, but will look forward to your visits. I have enjoyed your posts. Good luck with your new writing.

    1. HI Debra,
      And I appreciate all of your reviews thru the years! You are a great support to romance!
      I hope to see you online!

      Charlene

  2. Charlene- thank you for that wonderful timeline and the events that happened in them. I’m going to copy those dates & events off to have while I read my favorite genre Historical westerns. Your books sound awesome. Congrats on 5 years here and for the awesome giveaway you’re offering us. Have a great Thursday.

    1. HI Tonya!

      Thanks for blogging with me and I look forward to seeing you online! Best Wishes!

  3. Love all the facts you have shared! Charlene, I hate to see you go but sometimes things change. Good luck with your future endeavors and enjoy what is to come.

    1. Hi Melanie!

      Thanks for your good wishes. I hope to see you online!

  4. Thank you for all the fun posts and discussions in your ten year run. We will miss you!

    1. Thanks so much, Susan P!
      Best wishes!

  5. Have enjoyed your posts! You will be missed.

    1. Thanks Estella!
      I have enjoyed having your blog with me too. Best Wishes!

  6. You will be missed. Always enjoyed your posts. Love hearing facts like these – I find it interesting that Woolworth started in Lancaster, PA since I’m not far from there. Best Wishes.

    1. Thanks Catslady!
      I will always be around!!
      Best Wishes to you!

  7. Interesting (yet somehow not surprising) that wildfires were sch a problem in North Dakota while flood took out the Ohio Valley. Thanks for all your blogging!

    1. Thank you Rachael K!

      I find those facts both surprising and interesting. I love how history always surprises me.
      Happy Reading and I hope to see you online!!

  8. Charlene I have always enjoyed your post and I hope you will come back now and then as a guest… Loved this interesting history lesson of the US.

    1. HI Kathleen

      I hope this isn’t the end to our long relationship! I think we connected on the Harlequin posts, yes? I will be back to visit and I hope to see you online!

  9. What an interesting time period you chose. Good luck with your stories and I am sorry to see you go.

    1. HI Maureen!

      Thanks for your good wishes. I hope to see you online! And thanks for blogging with me!

      Best Wishes!

  10. You will be missed here at P&P, Charlene! Wishing you all the best in your endeavors!

    1. Thanks Britney! It’s been a pleasure blogging here.

  11. I’m so sad to see you go!!! When I read this I said NOO!!!! I’m so sad when some of my favorite authors leave this site. P&P has turned me onto some wonderful authors like you!!! You actually paid one of the sweetest compliments one time in a comment. I know others will miss seeing you and your blogs! I can’t wait to read your newest book!

    1. Hi Cori!
      Oh, I will miss you too. It’s very bittersweet saying good-bye. I’m happy that we connected here and hope to see you around in the online community. I’m always on FB.
      Thanks for your support and friendship!

  12. Your posts are always fascinating and your books captivating.

    1. Thanks so much Ellie! Your kind words mean a lot!

  13. I have enjoyed your interesting and informative blogging. Will miss you. best wishes.

    1. Thank you Anne! I appreciate your kindness and hope to see you online. I’m always on FB, so drop me a line when you can! 😉

  14. Great advice from Margaret! I enjoyed seeing your timeline and the events in relation to each other. Best wishes for your continued success!

    1. Hi Heidi!
      Yes, Margaret is an amazing woman! Thanks for your kind words!!
      It was a pleasure blogging with you! 🙂

  15. Its always interesting when something happen or when the first store open. What came about in a certain year is interesting too.

    1. Hi Kim,
      Thanks for blogging with me over the years. Enjoy your time with these special ladies! 🙂

  16. Great blog! Good luck to you.

    1. Thank you anon1001

      I appreciate it so much!

  17. Wishing you happiness. I will miss you. I will be reading your newest book.

    1. Hi Pearl,

      Ah…thanks for your sweet wishes! I do appreciate them!

  18. Thanks for all that you have shared with us over the years! Happy Writing! 🙂

    1. Hi Colleen!

      I really enjoyed blogging with you over the years. You can always find me on FB and I hope we keep in touch! Happy Blogging!

  19. I will miss seeing your posts here. But I follow you on other pages as well. So I will always know where to find you and keep up with your new books. I have enjoyed your posts over the years too.

    1. Hi Janine 🙂

      Thank you for your support! I know we’ll keep in touch online and wishing you lots of fun blogging with these wonderful ladies.

  20. Sniff. This is hard. Adios to you, my dear friend! And keep on writing those amazing cowboy stories! xoxo

  21. Hi Tanya! 🙂

    It’s a bittersweet good-bye but life is full of changes, isn’t it? You will always be my friend! I will see you soon, dear pal!

  22. Char, we are definitely going to miss you, but I totally do understand how things change in our lives and we need to “go with the flow”–I look forward to your visits back here! Love that idea of the timeline — that’s a good thing to do and I can see where that would really help!

    Hugs to you, dear friend. I always admire your happy spirit!

    1. Hi Cheryl!
      Thanks for the lovely words! I will miss everyone and hope to see you at some point, either in person at an event or online. Sending best wishes for filly success! 🙂

  23. Charlene, we’re sure gonna miss you but look forward to having you back as a guest blogger whenever you want. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and you’ll sure be missed. Plus, you are going out with a great blog! Love research and history, so I love, love it. Big Texas hugs to my sister Filly.

    1. Hi Phyliss!
      Oh, I’ll miss your sweet nature and fun spirit too, Phyliss! It’s been a pleasure blogging with you! Sending best wishes and lots of hugs! 🙂

  24. We’ll miss your posts. Thanks for the time finale!

    1. Hi Naomi!
      Thanks for blogging with us. Best wishes! 🙂

  25. Aw, Charlene, you will be missed!!!
    Come and blog any time you’ve got a mind to! 🙂

  26. HI Mary!
    I’ll miss you too. Your humor always lifted me up! I will be back! 🙂

  27. Darn it, Charlene!!!! It’s not fair. What will I do without you? It’s like someone is chopping off my arm! Plus, you’ve got me crying!!! Watch out for alligators and crazy friends who might just show up on your doorstep. I’m not kidding. Love you dearly!

    1. Hi Linda! 🙂
      I will so miss you, but I will keep in touch via FB. I see your posts often and wish you all the best. You are so sweet and such a good friend. Lots of love and thanks for those heartfelt words. It means a lot!

  28. Charlene, my friend. You already know how much I’ll miss you. Your dedication to P & P is one of the reasons why our blog has endured. You are one of the founding fillies and part of our success. Who knew we’d finally say good-by ten years later?!?

    We’ll see you on FB–always enjoy reading about your darling granddaughters and seeing the covers of your books. Many hugs!!!

  29. Will miss your posts. Would like to make one correction on your timeline. As a Washingtonian I see often that the Dakotas, Montana, and Washington became States in 1889 while Idaho and Wyoming became States in 1890.

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