Anyone feel like reading a Virginia Reed adventure in these hot pioneer days of summer?

True story: In August of 1845, the famous Lost Meek Cutoff wagon train wandered the high desert east of present day Bend, Oregon. Stephen Meek, the no good brother of the famous mountain man Joe Meek, had promised them a shortcut. (Seems like most Oregon Trail tragedies involve "shortcuts.)

Somewhere around Hampton Butte they stumbled across gold. The Lost Blue Bucket Mine.

They were never able to find it again...or so it was believed.

As usual I tried for historical accuracy.

And ghosts.

Historical accuracy and ghosts.