I recently finished reading the first book in the original Nancy Drew series – The Secret of the Old Clock. (By the way, I did finish all of those books in the picture I took of that library trip…and then proceeded to check out about 8 more.) We all know Nancy lives in River Heights, but this book never actually says where River Heights is. SO, I am concluding that River Heights is a fictional town in…drum roll, please….IOWA.
Here’s the facts:
— A quote from page 26 of The Secret of the Old Clock: “Like a true daughter of the Middle West, Nancy Drew took pride in the fertility of her State and saw beauty in a crop of waving green corn as well as in the rolling hills and the expanse of prairie land.” I may only have lived here for a year and a half, but that sounds like Iowa to me.
— The book also mentions a town named Masonville. There is totally a Masonville, Iowa!
— Mildred Wirt Benson, who wrote 23 of the first 25 books in the series under the name Carolyn Keene, was born in Ladora, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa. Don’t believe me? Go here. (Seriously, go there, it’s awesome!)
According to Wikipedia, The Phantom of Pine Hill (book 42) indicates that River Heights is in or near Ohio, and Counterfeit Christmas (#102 of The Nancy Drew Files) implies that it is one hour east of Chicago, but obviously, the ghostwriters got it wrong. River Heights is definitely in IOWA. Mystery solved!