So, if you’ve read THE WILD ROAD, you might possibly remember that the latter half of the novel takes place in Indiana, at the West Baden Springs Hotel. Quite a few people have asked if this place truly exists—and indeed, it does; remarkably so. I remember visiting before it was renovated, and there was (and still is) a mythic quality to the place, something I can’t quite define, but that makes you feel as though there are ghost stories in the walls.
I was there today, taking another look at the Christmas decorations, and snapped some photos.
Incidentally, it seems that Shanghai real estate developer might be tearing down the rest of the historic site—despite promises to the contrary. Oh, man. That hurts. It’s impossible to convey just how special that place was.