Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for Pinkerton, Alan, and the Pinkerton Dective Agency

My theme for A- Z is the year my book takes place: 1881. I"ll be posting about people, places, and random facts about the year as it relates - however distantly - to my book, West of Paradise.

Today we have P for Alan Pinkerton and the Pinkerton Detective Agency.

Alan Pinkerton founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in 1855. Last spring I wrote a series of five posts about the Pinkertons and how they figured in my novel. If you want to read more, check out the following:

Part one - the Founding
Part two - the first female detective
Part three - the Civil War Period
Part four - the Adams Express Robbery (my personal favorite)
Part five - ghouls in the graveyard

Today the Pinkertons are still in business, and to see a complete timeline, go here.

ps the new header pic is courtesy of my son. The bird is a Common Eider, though really, he's anything but.


  1. I used to be an employee of these bad boys!

  2. I remember those posts. Amazing they are still in business.
    Tell your son he did a fine job with the photo!

  3. Great header pic! That is so cool they are still in business, heading back to read the other posts. Have a great Friday!

  4. He died in a strange way didn't he? I must check out your links.

  5. Fantastic photo... makes be believe Spring is HOPEFULLY on it's way. We had two nice days...let's hope we don't get zapped with another snowstorm like on Tuesday. I'm SO OVER WINTER. LOL.

    Interesting that they are still in business.... So many family business' have died out.

  6. You always have the best headers.

    Excellent posts on the Pinkertons! Loved the grave robbing one. It's so cool how you've weaved the Pinkertons into your book.

  7. Love the new header!
    I think it's so amazing that the Pinkertons are still in business. Fascinating history.

  8. It is NUTS that they are still operating today! Centuries later!

  9. I love anything to do with detectives and to think they still exist! That's great you can incorporate your son into your writing.

  10. Pinkerton's is still in business? Wow! I love your new header pic! :)

  11. As soon as I clicked on the link to your blog I knew I had to comment on the header. I did know the Pinkertons were still in business though not much is heard about them.

  12. Ghouls? I love it. Great shot by your son. He has your eye.

  13. Yay! The Pinkertons factor into one of the story ideas rolling around in my brain too. :)


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