James A. Janke
|I loosely define the Old West as the legend
and reality of 19th Century America west of the Mississippi and Missouri
Rivers and anything and anybody associated with it, past and present.
After all, the Old West is not really a time or place but a state
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Traveling all over the West - doing "research" - is a delightful part of writing Westerns. I'll regularly feature some sites and scenes I've found.
South Pass City State Historic Site, Wyoming.
"South Pass City’s history is a long & rich one. Drawn to the region by the promise of gold, miners flocked to the nearby hills & streams in 1868-1869, only to have their hopes dashed by the back breaking work & severe conditions of South Pass. Others found their niche & thrived. Today, South Pass City is one of the best preserved mining towns in the west."
Jeremiah Bacon drove a stagecoach from Point of Rocks to South Pass City. The stage came down the road in the background, thundered across the wooden bridge over Willow Creek, and came to a rattling stop in front of the hotel, the brown building with the porch across the front of the second story.
My Broken Wheel Ranch
Home is 10.5 acres of an old farmstead on a gravel road in rural southeastern South Dakota. No buffalo roam here but the deer definitely play. And coyotes yip at each other. And sometimes the cattle in the pasture across the road wind up grazing around the ranch house. Campfires are not interrupted by city or highway noises. Just crickets chirping. And owls hooting. All under the canopy of a very black sky awash with a zillion stars.
|My First Novel
Your first novel always has a special place in your heart: Jeremiah Bacon, Dell, 1980. Editor: Jim Frenkel
The photo used for the cover is one I took in 2012 of the interior of the Carissa Saloon in South Pass City State Historic Site, WY. South Pass City plays a prominent role in Jeremiah Bacon.