Settler is a fictional town, but it’s based on a real town, Fossil, Oregon. Oh, not the people or the rift, but the layout and the size. Why did I pick it as my model? I fell in love with the town. It’s an amazing place.
I borrowed its fossil digging site and Paleo Institute. Most of the fossil activity in Oregon is farther east than where I put the town (I moved Fossil to the Newberry Caldera and doubled its size).
It’s a beautiful place, Fossil without being moved or altered, and is near Clarno, one of the John Day Fossil sites here in Oregon. My photo journal:
Thank you, Oregon and Fossil for all the inspiration in my stories. They’d not be as exciting without the Oregon influence.
You can find more photos from our trip to Fossil HERE
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