The Daughters of Riverton series is set in the early 1900s, and the stories take place in a fictional town based on my own home town, Prairie Farm, Wisconsin, and people who lived there. 

Riverton is a small, rural town, where everyone not only knows their neighbor, but everyone else in the community. It’s a place where people work together and play together. Like any real town or family, there are those who disagree, cross boundaries, and even judge. But most people sincerely care and look out for each other.

How does Prairie Farm’s history relate to the stories you’ll read in this series?

Like Prairie Farm, Riverton was built along Hay River in Wisconsin when a logging company set up camp at that location. The railroad missed the village, so people traveled to a nearby town to hop on the rail. Prairie Farm still has a population of less than 600 people.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the town’s Memorial Day celebration was indeed a grand affair and drew participants from all over the county.

Most of the buildings/businesses included in the story actually existed in there in 1902.

The Wing’s Opera House—long gone—did hold various forms of entertainment and community activities.

The Sprague Hotel (changed to Sherlock Hotel) was built in 1875. It burned down in 1899, but was rebuilt and ready for business in sixty days. The hotel no longer stands.

George and Alice Scott (changed to George and Alice Carter) were real people who greatly impacted the community with their faith, leadership, generosity, and service. Mr. Scott later became a state senator. I have stayed true to their character to the best of my ability and research.

The Home Store was built in 1902 by Mr. Scott. The building resembled an old Spanish mission. It became known as the most beautiful store of its kind in the country and drew many visitors to the small town of 330 people. Sadly, the store burned down in 1948 and was never rebuilt.

The Scott’s three-story, 26-room mansion featured in the book was built near the river in 1898. It still stands today and is privately owned. George Scott did construct a small roller coaster for his children on the third floor of their home.

The Scott Mansion

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