The Lost Soulmate Facts & Photos 2018-02-24T05:04:15+00:00

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Airlines in the early 1950s

The first five photos show what it was like when Shayna and Barb were stewardesses and Brock and Josh were pilots.

A 1950’s Northwest Airlines’ postcard.   At that time, they were the world’s fastest and most modern airliners…Northwest Airlines’ 75-passenger double-deck Boeing Stratocruisers.  Maximum cruising speed exceeded 340 mph.  Spiral staircases, lower deck lounges, large dressing rooms, and altitude conditioned cabins were among the many other luxury features.

Another postcard showing the inside of a Northwest Stratocruiser, from November 1951.

Note:  The postcards, ticket and envelope are all from Carlyn Cade’s personal records.

An actual ticket from the early ’50’s.  Notice the cost of $22.45 to fly from Columbia, SC to Atlanta and finally to Chicago.

This is the front of the original envelope containing the ticket on the left.   Once a customer purchased a ticket from Delta Air Lines, it was placed inside an envelope just like this one.

This is the inside view of the envelope.  It’s kind of fascinating to compare Delta’s routes from then to now, and to observe the advertising they used back then.

Mt. Charleston, Nevada

Mt. Charleston, Nevada is real. It is outside Las Vegas, approximately 35 miles, yet it is a world away. In Shayna and Damon’s time, it was a very small town that had a great asset—the Mt. Charleston Lodge where the Vegas showgirls would go after their midnight shows.

Just imagine the fun you could have had at “Nevada’s only year-round ice skating rink.”

Photo by Carlyn Cade

The Plane Crash

The plane crash in the Mt. Charleston mountains was real.  In The Lost Soulmate, it was depicted as a crash site.

The story I was first told was that the airplane belonged to Howard Hughes, and two pilots were killed in the crash. They say you can still see the wreckage high in the mountains when the sun reflects off it.  An Apache helicopter with a two-man crew was also supposed to have crashed there around 1950.  The Forest Rangers can show you where the wreckage of one of these crashes is and, perhaps, tell you the full story.

Wait!  There’s also a third story.  The Las Vegas Review-Journal sent me a story from November 18, 1955 with the headline, “Charleston Crash Wreckage Found—See No Survivors.”  The article states:  “A rescue team…was inching its way up the rugged slope of Mt. Charleston today seeking to determine whether any of the 14 persons aboard a C-54 from Norton Air Force Base, which crashed yesterday, still are alive.”  (Unfortunately, no one survived.)

This is not the crash referred to in The Lost Soulmate or the two crash stories above, but perhaps, that is the plane crash you can see on Mt. Charleston, and the one they refer to when they tell you that you can see the wreckage.  The date of 1955, of course, is five years later then what’s in my story, but that’s fiction for you.  There was a crash.  You can see the wreckage today.  So I used literary license because it fit right into The Lost Soulmate’s plot.

Photo by Carlyn Cade

Photo by Carlyn Cade

Mary Jane Falls

On the top of the 12,000-foot mountain is Mary Jane Falls.  The trail leading to the top used to be an old logging road.  It travels through tall ponderosa pines, white fir, aspens and mountain mahogany.

Below the southern ridge of the canyon are twisted limestone strata thrust up 50 million years ago.  The climb to the summit is worth the hike.  The waterfall there is not so gushing in summer, as it was described in The Lost Soulmate

A ledge rests behind the falls.  Shayna and Damon had their romantic picnic there on that ledge gazing through the waterfall. The view surrounding you, which includes the other mountain tops covered with snow, is magnificent.  Las Vegas might be 100 degrees, but you can still make a snowball with the patches of snow in the area.

[Note:  This photo is not from the Mary Jane Falls in Nevada. Their falls did not have enough rain to make this waterfall.  It is a waterfall from the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.]

Robbers’ Roost

The Pathway Leading to Robbers’ Roost

Photo by Carlyn Cade

Robbers’ Roost is in the area leading to Mt. Charleston.  Signs point the way.

Legend has it that Robbers’ Roost was a hideout around 1900 for bandits during the days of the old Mormon Trail.  The caves not only offered shelter, but also an excellent vantage point for spotting would-be attackers.  Many times the bandits concealed stolen goods and livestock at Robbers’ Roost that had been snatched from travelers on route to California and Utah.

There’s also a shack nearby where the outlaws stayed, but its location is not well known. The Indians in the area would not go there because it was considered sacred grounds.

A Cave in the Rocks

Photo by Carlyn Cade

Damon said the bandits stored their loot there.  You can walk around and see a cave hidden in the cliff walls of the rock formations.

A Wild Mustang in the Mountains

Photo by Carlyn Cade

Damon’s movie was shot in the Robbers’ Roost area.  Wild mustangs lived in the mountains and the valleys.  You can even ride horseback there. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a mustang or two grazing in the desert.

Bugsy Siegel

      Photo by Carlyn Cade

A plaque in memory of Bugsy Siegel rests behind today’s Flamingo Hilton on the Vegas strip. Their garden grounds are gorgeous and should never be missed when you visit Vegas.  Bugsy was killed a few years before Shayna arrived there.

March 1947.  The Flamingo was the most glamorous hotel in Las Vegas with 105 rooms, a health club, gym, steam room, tennis courts and facilities for squash, handball and badminton. The entire staff dressed in tuxedos.  Stables for 40 horses, a trapshooting range, swimming pool, 9-hole golf course and assorted shops were also included on the Flamingo property.

In addition, there was a three-story waterfall in front, acres of beautifully landscaped grounds which contained Oriental date palms, rare Spanish cork trees and other exotic species.

[Info from:  Nevada State Museum,  Las Vegas News Bureau.]

The Pfister Hotel

Photo from the Pfister Hotel’s brochure 

History

The Pfister Hotel is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The illustration, on the right, depicts the Pfister Hotel prior to 1962.

The hotel was opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister and his son Charles.  The original cost was just over a million dollars.  Guests back then were treated to such luxuries as fireproofing, electricity and even thermostat controls in every room.  And who knows…maybe the hotel key shown above was Damon’s.

Photo from Pfister Hotel’s documentation

Today

The rest of the photos shown below are from today.  In 1962, Ben Marcus purchased the Pfister and renovated the “distinguished hotel to its original beauty.”  (Quote taken from the Pfister Hotel’s website.)

The hotel today is a perennial winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award.  When you’re in Milwaukee, be sure to check it out.   Or even book a stay there.  You will then understand why their name, “The Pfister, is spoken with such reverence by guests from Milwaukee and indeed the entire world.”  (Quote taken from the Pfister Hotel’s website.)

The ambiance of this grand hotel is incredible and their food is excellent.  The Pfister is also well known for their exquisite Victorian art collection, the largest collection of any hotel in the world.

Photo by Carlyn Cade

Registration Desk

Photo by Carlyn Cade

A Bronzed Lion Greets Guests in the Lobby

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