Today’s topic–the series name, Bourbon Springs.
When I got the idea for the series–small town romance set in a community with an old bourbon distillery–I knew the town needed a great name. I mulled over several different names and the name Bourbon Springs finally hit me very hard. As explained in the back matter of one of the books, the name immediately connects the town to not only what is made there (Kentucky bourbon whiskey), but one of the most important ingredients needed to make it: water.
Central Kentucky (what I call the Land of Bourbon and Bluegrass) sits atop a large limestone dome. It is this limestone which transforms the water–by removing the iron and imparting calcium and magnesium. This same limestone puts the calcium not only into the water, but into the grass, thus producing strong thoroughbred horses.
The importance of water is reflected in the series name as well as the series logo. The blue line or brush underneath the series name is meant to invoke moving water.
The history of the name Bourbon Springs is explained in the first three books, with more detail provided in Angels’ Share, Book 3.
After I came up with the name, I discovered that there was not only a real place in Kentucky called Bourbon Springs, but that there were two such sites, both in Nelson County, Kentucky. The county seat of Nelson County is Bardstown, home to My Old Kentucky Home and several legendary distilleries. It is also known as The Bourbon Capital of the World ™ (yes, it is trademarked). On the map, you can see one Bourbon Springs to the northeast of Bardstown next to Nazareth, Kentucky. The second Bourbon Springs is directly north, then east of Route 31E/150, along Cox’s Creek. Four Roses, which has a distillery in Anderson County Kentucky outside Lawrenceburg, bottles and warehouses its bourbon at its Cox’s Creek facility (click image to enlarge):
There is also an old bourbon brand called Bourbon Springs.
If Bourbon Springs existed, it would be right smack in the middle of the Land of the Bourbon and Bluegrass, and surrounded by the distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail ™. If it were real, Bourbon Springs would be slightly south of Willisburg, Kentucky, along Route 555 which heads toward Springfield, Kentucky. Here is a map of the area (click image to enlarge):
I hope to visit the real Bourbon Springs (both of them) some day in Nelson County. Until then, I’ll have to keep imagining my fictional version of Bourbon Springs in fictional Craig County, Kentucky.