|Train depot at Umatilla Historical Museum|
That didn't bother me too much. I had been on the tour before. But I still had questions that needed answered about the town in 1900. I went to the Umatilla Historical Museum which was open and found out a bit more about the town and picked up a book on Pendleton.
|Cabin at Umatilla Historical Museum|
|Part of the Tour.|
I started asking my questions. He answered and showed me maps in the book and described some great scenarios that while they happened a few years before my story, I'm going to take creative license and use them in my story. He answered most of my questions and helped me get a better feel for the time period and the actions and reactions of the people in 1900 in Pendleton.
This is what I always love when doing research. Books are good, museums are good, but when you can get a person who knows the history of an area to visit with you, they always have some little tidbit that makes a light bulb go off in my head and inspires great scenes.