A common question asked by readers is “Where’d that come from?” “That” is usually meant to be the idea for a story rather than something like a canker sore on the tip of my nose. At least, I think that’s so.
GUNSMOKE AND ICE has shootouts and bank robberies and double-dealing intrigue thanks to Allister Legende and the Society of Buckhorn and Bison (they always poke their snouts into the simplest of crimes, only this one is deadly and political). But a part of the background might seem peculiar.
Ice. Back in the day keeping things cold was hard. No freezer. No refrigerator. Hardly an ice box. Tombstone, AZ was supplied by ice shipments from high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains until companies built their own ice making plants nearby.
This story is about one final ice shipment, but if you want to read more how ice was manufactured then (other than chipping it out of a frozen mountain lake).