I made it up. Most of it, that is.
As far as my research can uncover, there never has been, nor is there now, a place called Prosperity in the state of Colorado (nor in what was once the Colorado Territory). â€œProsperityâ€ seemed like a name that miners would come up with in order to draw prospective bridesâ€¦ naming it Mud Hole wouldnâ€™t have been nearly so attractive.
So while a place named Prosperity is fictional, virtually everything else is based on history, Coloradoâ€™s rich mining history, factual products, documented circumstances, and patterned after many other similar historical towns.
Leadville, CO, the nearest railroad hub, isnâ€™t just the town down the canyon from Prosperity where our cast of miners meet the mail order bridesâ€” itâ€™s a real place. Leadville played a leading role in the era and much mining took place in Leadville and surrounding areas. Thatâ€™s partly why it made the cut when railroad companies determined where to lay tracks and which towns would receive this honorâ€¦ and which would be bypassed.
All descriptions of nature around Prosperity is accurate. Iâ€™ve vacationed in the Colorado Rockies and live in the Rocky Mountains myself. I put a dot on the map in the canyon and created a high mountain valley where Prosperity would reside. For that altitude, region, and forest, I looked up everything from genus and species of deciduous and coniferous trees to average rainfall, average temperatures, and details on climate. I researched the county wherein my mining camp is and took into consideration their history, commerce, miningâ€™s influence, and more.
Hence the blend of fiction with reality.
Copyright Â© 2015 Kristin Holt LC