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The Oregon Trail is vast with many landmarks to visit, so all I can do is give you the highlights of what I saw and suggest you explore it yourself. Traveling the Oregon Trail should be done as soon as possible. Sadly, some stretches of the trail have been plowed under and those remaining aren’t being marked and preserved as the national treasures they are. Time marches on, each year erasing a little more of what remains. Don't delay.
|Marcus Whitman (1802-1847)
|Narcissa Whitman (1808-1847)
I was disappointed to miss the mission, but I list it here so you won't. After reading some of Narcissa’s letters, I felt a little like I knew her and wanted to pay my respects to this brave woman and her husband at their grave. I told myself I would return one day, but I never have. Writing this reminds me that I should.
Grande Ronde Valley
|Grande Ronde River Valley: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
The first night’s stop was a town located in the southeastern corner of the beautiful and wild Grande Ronde valley, part of the Columbia River Plateau. Union dates from near the end of the Oregon Trail era. Native Americans summered in the Grande Ronde Valley until settlers moved in. In the beginning, the population of the Grande Ronde Valley totaled 35 white settlers and one half-Native American, with the first cabins erected in 1862. The town was platted on November 11, 1864. With the War Between the States, raging Union’s name places the town squarely on the side of the North.
|Union Hotel, Union Oregon: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
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About Janalyn Voigt
I'm what is known as a multi-genre author, but I like to think of myself as a storyteller. The same elements appear in all my novels in proportions dictated by their genre: romance, mystery, adventure, history, and whimsy.
Epic Fantasy: DawnSinger and Wayfarer are the first two novels in the epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven. The final books in the series, Sojourner and DawnKing, are under contract with my publisher.
Historical Fiction: Hills of Nevermore, first installment in Montana Gold, set during Montana's gold rush in the days of vigilante justice, will release in 2017.
Romantic Suspense/Mystery: Deceptive Tide (Islands of Intrigue-San Juans) will release in November 2016. This title is romantic suspense, but I am also moving into writing mystery novels written in the classic style of Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt.
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