My WIP is an historical mystery (the first in a planned series), set in 1880s Portland, Oregon, when the city's connection to the transcontinental railroad converted it from a small city a major transportation capital of the West Coast.
While the railroad brought great wealth to a few, corruption grew, con artists thrived, and the city became deeply segregated by class and race.
One segment of Portland, The North End, became notorious for its poverty, opium dens, and shanghaiing. Within a few years, The North End would be nicknamed "Whitechapel" after the crime-ridden section of London where Jack the Ripper killed his victims.
Watch this site for news about my WIP. In the meantime, enjoy some
photographs and illustrations about the city in the 1880s.