Insights and Historical Notes
from the historical fiction novel Robbing the Pillars and Raid of Souls
The Secret Room
This little nugget of secrecy ignited a mood, a mystery, and a story of hidden agendas . . .
The “Legislature of a Thousand Drinks” – Who were these guys?
In my historical novel, ROBBING THE PILLARS, Judge Dandridge bemoans the damage done to California’s reputation by the notorious “Legislature of 1000 drinks.” Despite their crudeness, more passion and purity of focus existed in California’s “legislature of a thousand drinks” than the most sophisticated and well-financed groups of legislators that followed. This moniker became indelibly attached to the first state legislature held in a make-shift capital of old San Jose.
The History of the Silver Moon Tavern
From the novel Robbing the Pillars
The Silver Moon Tavern is a fictitious establishment set in a framework of the historic mining town of Nevada City. The descriptions of the early town and circumstances surrounding the emergence of the first establishments, are accurate portrayals of the types of development for the time period. The Silver Moon is a favorite haunt of my lead characters, so here I include for the reader – part of the story.