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    • "We'll have to get on over to the dinning room them. Afraid it's liable to be a bit more like Kalispell than Frisco." He said. "But it'll be good food, just not what we've been used too. Will be up on the hill, for sure.  I was told this is the best hotel because it was a ways out across the river from town, and it was solid built."   "The wealth on the hill is such that all most everything around it is growing at a fast pace. You'll really see that when we visit the Capitol, Carson City. Supposedly discovered by Kit Carson and General John Freemont on their way to Sacramento in. At least Freemont named the river after him back in '43 or '44. Nothin' was there then."   "All that made me hungry too, let's go eat an then take us a walk across the river, or along it, which ever you want." @Bongo
    • That did not take long. Cookie rang the triangle and shouted his best but in the end he sent the kid to roust all but the closest to him. Rance joined young Wheeler in the line, a bit out of the wind, but mostly in it for the moment. It seemed calmer up by the wagon.   "That had ta be bad back there. The wind drivin' the dust an' the smell, but should this wind let up you'll be on flank, left flank, then right, then back to the drag. It'll be me, Dallas, an' Dixie. eatin' dust tomorrow. But at least we got hot grub, won't always be that'a way out here though, every trip is different."   And they moved up steadily. @Bongo
    • "Nothing to discuss? I am surprised, Jonah. Why, if we have time for breakfast, there will be much to discuss regarding the hospital as well as the start of the orphanage. Hopefully that the railroad will be completed, or close to it by then." She smiled brightly. "Things will be different by then."   "My hope is that we get through all of this without my fathers interference causing delays, or real problems with the builders. You know we could get well into October before the snow flies, but I'm not counting on that. The winter will stop construction until the thaw." She stated, but the smile was still there, "But it will be well underway!" @Bongo
    • "Pleased ta meet ya, Rance."  Justus gave the man a nod, then lined up with the others for grub.  Maybe he could get some sleep despite the wind.  He surely was tired enough, and until there was something that concerned him, he didn't need to be concerned.   First, though, a full belly!  As the line progressed, he he nodded to the kid who was the cook's help.  "Times like this, I bet yer glad ya don't have ta be on th' downwind end of a herd'a cows!"   @Flip
    • "It's good to know you'll have the best working on the project, you've come this far, you don't need to risk the quality with less than the best working on it."  Even though he had no doubt that the crew would be excellent, it was reassuring to know that the man hand picked for the job would actually be on site overseeing it.  That way, too, he'd be there if Leah needed to discuss anything with him, and Jonah had a good feeling that was going to happen!   He grinned and took a sip of coffee.  "Just think, this time next year it will all be over!  We'll have a fine hospital with the best equipment...and nothing to discuss over breakfast!"   @Flip  

Yes, I am Traveling Alone

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With: Open, Any Hotel staff
When: Mid April 1876
Time of Day: Noon, exactly






Gillian took a long look at the main room of the inn that she had just entered. The single phrase she had repeated most sounded in her mind, almost like a mantra or even a chant. Like a song one got stuck in their head, she found the words floating around. They were simple words and said by a man would have not have had the same meaning. They would have even been different if said by a white woman. But coming from her, they could be dangerous.


The room was simple, if well decorated and clean. It was like many she had seen in towns like this, if a bit larger and more upscale. The wood creaked beneath her fine black leather ankle boots and her taffeta skirts swished as she walked further inside. Her dark eyes were serious and her face showed no hint of a smile for the people in the room, some taking up tables for the midday meal and others who actually worked the establishment.


Her stomach growled at the smells from the kitchen, reminding her that breakfast on the train had been unsatisfying. She was sure she had been under-served because of the phrase that again fell into her thoughts. It wasn't until the staff in the train realized she was the one with money (and not some unseen husband) that they finally began to pay attention but by then Gillian's appetite had been lost. 


She didn't expect it to be different here but there was always a sliver of hope. But, just a sliver. She approached the wooden desk that announced its purpose as a check-in counter with a little sign, "Good afternoon, I would like a room, please." Yes, I am traveling alone, she finished in her head. 

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Walter Simpson, the day desk clerk, had been putting some mail into various slots at the back of the desk, when he heard a woman's voice asking for a room.  He turned around and was surprised to see a young woman standing there.  She was well dressed, which was a good thing as most of the cheaper rooms in the hotel were already occupied.


Smiling, he stepped towards the desk, "Good day to you, madam.  We have a few rooms available.  Do you require a single or double room?"





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"A single, please." Gillian replied immediately. Normally, she left it open whether or not she was alone but this was no time to keep someone guessing. And she wasn't about to pay more for a room than necessary even if she had it.  She would always stay in practice of spending modestly but there was something to be said for getting used to living a certain way. 


"If you have something ready now, I would like to clean up after traveling." Though it was probably hard to see what she may clean up as her hair and dress were spotless. Still, she had been riding in a train for days and wanted to change, "Then perhaps you will tell me a bit about this town." She said, glancing down at her luggage as if someone else should be carrying it up to the room. Looking around the room again, she began to make plans on taking a sort of tour of the town.

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Walter raised one eyebrow as he turned to see what single rooms were available.  It wasn't his place to ask why the young lady was travelling alone especially to a place that was remote as Kalispell.


Turning back to the woman, he smiled, "Room 10 is available.  It's just up the hall from our bathrooms.  If you require hot water for a bath just let us know when.  Now if you will just sign here, we'll take care of the rest."


As he waited for her to sign the ledger, he motioned to the boy who usually carried the luggage up to the rooms.  The boy came over and waited for the new guest.


After the lady had signed the register, Walter read the name, "Thank you, Miss Locke.  If you would like I can ask Mr. Wentworth to help you with any enquiries you may have about the town."



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