My book is centered around the ghost town of Last Chance, Ca. It was once a booming mining town, situated high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, about 2 hours NE of Sacramento, in what at the time was the southern part of the Oregon Territory.
My story takes place in the late 1800’s and will encompass the town as well as the surrounding high mountain valley, where Alexia, our heroine lives and raises horses.
My husband and I are taking a trip to the old town site of Last Chance in early June to research the area and see how much history we can unearth. We’ll be staying at a nearby lodge and walking the final 2-3 miles to the town site, as we understand it can only be accessed with a 4×4. We’re flying in to Sacramento and renting a car, and may not be able to acquire something that will straddle the deep ruts in the road. We’re hoping the snow will be melted off the trails by then, as Last Chance sits at the 5,000′ elevation. Most winters the town would get so much snow that the miners weren’t able to obtain supplies. They either had to move to lower elevations, or pack them from Deadwood, seven miles away through the heavy snows.
I’ll be posting a report of what I find in the area while we’re visiting there, and hopefully a picture or two, as well.
Miralee Ferrell, author of Love Finds You In Last Chance, CA.