Where Swiss Technology Meets a Colorado Icon

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In my last blog, I talked about the nineteenth-century, narrow-gauge Georgetown Loop Rail Road in Colorado. This week, I want to expand on a theme that connects Swiss technology with another Colorado icon—the Manitou and Pikes Peak Colorado Cog Railway west of Colorado Springs. Long before the Territory of Colorado was formed in 1861 in response to the Colorado gold …

Where an “Old-Time” Train Experience Meets a Modern Adventure

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Long before my Singing Silver Mine historical fiction series came to pass, our family became fans of the Georgetown Loop Railroad, a living museum attraction in Georgetown, Colorado. The three-foot, narrow-gauge railroad through the Rocky Mountains provided a delightful summer excursion only forty-five minutes west from Denver. Little did I know its importance in the history of Colorado would take …

Flash Back Scene, A Song of Deliverance

How a Sixty-Five-Room Historic Mansion Became the First Irish National Park

Donna Wichelman Europe

If you’ve read my blogs, you know one of the more enjoyable aspects of being a writer of historical fiction for me is research, especially if I have the chance to go to the place that I’m researching. In the case of Muckross House, the historical mansion and environs became a flashback scene for my protagonist, Anna, in A Song …

How One Woman’s Vision Created Beauty from Ashes

Donna Wichelman North America

Butchart Gardens is one of my favorite places in the Western Hemisphere. These spectacular gardens on Vancouver Island, British Columbia are a horticultural delight that must not be missed, and their history is equally remarkable. My husband and I first visited Butchart Gardens in the fall of 2004 during our twentieth anniversary trip to the Northwest, and then again in …

Discover Where Dublin’s Literary Treasures Come to Life in Illustrious Color

Donna Wichelman Europe

A number of images come to mind when people think of Dublin, Ireland—from Guinness Ale to musical pub crawls to clam chowder to four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, and St. Patrick’s Day. Many Americans go to Ireland to discover their ancestral roots. Some people have romantic notions of rugged shorelines and pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. While these …

Have They Really Found the Prison Where Peter and Paul Were Incarcerated Two Millennia Ago?

Donna Wichelman Europe, Uncategorized

The unsuspecting tourist visiting Rome may not know that at the north end of the Forum they have just walked past one of the most revealing archaeological finds in the city discovered a little over a decade ago. Since Medieval times the Mamertine Prison, also known as the Carcere Tullianum in Biblical times, was hallowed as the prison where Christians …

When Finding Family Roots Digs Into Deeper Soil

Donna Wichelman Europe

Have you ever had a strong desire to discover your roots—I mean, where you hail from, the place where your grandparents or great-grandparents once called home? It seems a lot of us have. Ancestry.com claims more than 15 million people are currently in their network, and more than 16 million have gone through their DNA analysis. Sometimes, the results are …

Where Transportation is Concerned, It Seems Some Things Never Change

Donna Wichelman Carriages and Cars, Uncategorized

As a person born in the latter half of the twentieth-century, I entered the modern world with its motorized cars, having no experience of transportation modes in earlier centuries. Later I married a man who reads car magazines, like Road and Track, with voracious interest. Yet, as a woman intrigued by history, it’s an exciting find to walk into a …

Merry Christmas Blessings

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Merry Christmas and many blessings to all who’ve spent time reading and responding to my blog over the last several months. You are appreciated more than you know and in my heart and in my prayers. May you know God’s light and love as you move into 2021. Stay safe and healthy! Good people all, this Christmas time Consider well …

Why Christmas Came a Little Early This Year

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Like me, you probably noticed the Christmas season started a little early this year. Shattered and shuttered by COVID’s impact on our lives, the symbols of Christmas sprang up across our community almost immediately following Halloween. Perhaps even you put up your Christmas tree and hung lights before Thanksgiving. According to a Denver Post article on November 19th, home decorators …