Sunday, July 17, 2011

MERCURY'S RISE: Lovely Cover

The lovely cover of Mercury's Rise is beginning to appear here and there throughout the internet.

The cover image is from a photo from Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department. The description for the photo runs thusly: Well dressed men, women, and children pose in and near a pavilion over the spring at Ute Iron Spring in Manitou (El Paso County), Colorado. The wooden, open air pavilion has decorative wood brackets and sitting benches. Men pose on or beside high-wheel bicycles. An iron fence surrounds the spring, within the pavilion.

The timeframe given in the description is circa 1880 to 1890. Definitely not summer of 1880--the timeframe for Mercury's Rise. This photo shows Manitou as it "would become," the vision that many folks, real and fiction, had for this spa town in my story.