Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Setting for "The Sagebrush Bride"
The story starts with Avice looking at Chimney Rock, one of the landmarks in Western Nebraska. Here's a distant view of that famous site.
The majority of the story takes place at Fort Laramie, where travelers bought supplies and rested for a day or two before embarking on the most difficult part of the journey west.
Aren't the trees beautiful? They weren't there when Avice and the other pioneers saw the fort. This picture shows the old and new guard houses (not places you'd want to spend any time, I assure you) and the ruins of the administration building. The big grassed area in the center is the parade ground, where the soldiers practiced marching.
As you might expect, Officer's Row was the most beautiful part of the fort. The buildings you see are the surgeon's quarters, the Burt House and the sutler's store.
Ah, the sutler's store. That's where Raleigh spends his days and where he and Avice meet for the first time.
What's inside this rather plain looking building? Many, many things.
The sutler's store was one-stop shopping, simply because it was the only store on the post ... or, for that matter, in the whole area. Is it any wonder Avice made it her first stop when she arrived at the fort?
As for what happens next, all I'm going to tell you is that she got much more than she expected when she set foot inside. And so did Raleigh.