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The Good Old Days - A collection of restored vintage photographs of people and places in the past. See our Nostalgic & 20th Century galleries HERE.




  Did You Know?


There is one active volcano, thousands of petrified trees, and almost 300 waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park.



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American Factoids:


The Presidential Election of 1800  between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson was one of only two elections that resulted in the House of Representatives deciding who would be President of the United States. It was also the only time where there was a tie for President in the Electoral College. Although it wasn't a tie, the House of Representatives also had to decide the President in the election of 1824, between Adams son John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson, when no candidate reached the required majority of electoral votes.


The term "O.K." is credited to Martin Van Buren who was raised in Kinderhook, New York. After he went into politics, Van Buren became known as "Old Kinderhook." Soon people were using the term O.K. referring to Van Buren and the word "okay" was derived.


Sitgreaves Pass Arizona Route 66 - Jim Hinckley

Sitgreaves Pass Arizona along the pre-1952 alignment of Route 66.

Photo by Jim Hinckley available for prints HERE!



When is a corn dog not a corn dog? When you're at the Cozy Dog Drive along Route 66 in Springfield, Illinois. This first fast food of the road was introduced by Ed Waldmire at the 1946 Illinois State Fair. In 1950, he opened the Cozy Dog Drive Inn. This Mother Road icon still stands today at 2935 So. Sixth Street in Springfield, Illinois, but when go try their "Cozy Dog," don't call it a corn dog, or you might be met with little more than a steely eyed stare.



Old West Factoids

  • Buffalo, which were strewn across the Great Plains after the mass buffalo hunts of 1870-1883, were bought by Eastern firms for the production of fertilizer and bone china. "Bone pickers” earned eight dollars a ton for the bones.

  • Rumor has it that the tradition of spreading sawdust on the floors of bars and saloons started in Deadwood, South Dakota due to the amount of gold dust that would fall on the floor. The sawdust was used to hide the fallen gold dust and was swept up at the end of the night.

  • The Colt Peacemaker, the weapon that became known as "the gun that won the West” was a .45-caliber manufactured by Colt’s Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut in 1873. At the time it sold for $17.00.


Pic Fave of the Moment


Desert Manequins, digital art by Kathy Weiser-Alexander

Desert Manequins - Digital composition utilizing numerous photographs. These mannequins were never sitting in the Nevada Desert, except for in the imagination of the artist and on this image. Background Rhyolite, Nevada. Art by Kathy Weiser-Alexander. For more digital compositions and Photo Art, see our galleries HERE.




Did You Know?


John Moulton Barn, Grand Tetons, WyomingComposed of a series of peaks and landforms, separated by lush valleys, the Grand Tetons provide an abundance of scenic views at its many back country lakes, forested elevations, and jagged mountain tops. There are more than 100 alpine lakes in the park, the largest of which is Jackson Lake with more than 25,000 acres.  

Native American hunting parties from the northern Rocky Mountains camped along the shore of Jackson Lake around 12,000 years ago while following game. For thousands of years Jackson Hole was used as a neutral crossroads for trade and travel routes in the area. One route followed the Snake River to its source in the Yellowstone area. Another major route traversed the Teton Pass at the southern end of the range, providing a shortcut to the Pacific Northwest region. Yet another southern route led to the Colorado Plateaus region and the Great Basin.

The Tetons were named by French explorers who called the three highest peaks of the range Les Trois Tetons. In the 18th and 19th centuries, white fur trappers and traders called deep valleys rimmed by high mountains "holes." One such fur trapper was named David Jackson and his favorite place to 'hole-up' was named after him in 1829.


Featured Fotos:  Signs of the Times



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  • Veterans Day - It was "the war to end all wars." Or at least that's how World War I was viewed in November of 1918, when it was known simply as "The Great War". And it was on the eleventh hour.. of the eleventh day.. of the eleventh month in 1918 that fighting ended on the western front of the war through an armistice; A day which would eventually be remembered and recognized in the U.S. as Veterans Day. Thank you to all who have served to keep our nation free.

  • Westward Ho - Between the California Gold Rush and the Civil War, Americans, in growing numbers filled the Mississippi River Valley, the southwest territories, and the new states of Kansas and Nebraska. During the war, gold and silver discoveries drew prospectors—and later settlers—into Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, and Montana. But, the most rapid migration occurred after the Civil War. One factor in encouraging settlers to move west was the Homestead Act, passed in 1862, which allowed settlers to claim 160 acres of land for free. Another important factor was completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869 which led to much more rapid Western migration.  Westward expansion had serious consequences for Native Americans since continental expansion implicitly meant the occupation and annexation of their lands. The United States continued the European practice of recognizing only limited land rights of indigenous peoples and sought to expand into the west through the nominally legal purchase of Native American land in treaties. In many cases, these treaties were negotiated and signed by tribal members who didn't have the authority to do so, and in some cases, by signers who lacked knowledge of what they were signing. Despite the legality of a treaty, once one was signed, the government often used force to move the Indians from their homelands.


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Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases, by Kathy Weiser Alexander

Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases, by Kathy Weiser-Alexander & Legends of America


From the wild and woolly mining camps, to the rampages of the Civil War, to the many cowboys riding on the range, those frontier folks often used terms and phrases that are no longer used in everyday language today. Yet other words and sayings were often specific to certain regions and never used across the states. These terms, as in the past, are still sometimes heard in specific areas, but are “foreign” to the rest of us.

From the pages of period newspapers, books, and century old dictionaries comes the slang, lingo, and phrases of the American Frontier. Even if you're not looking for a definition, you'll get a peek into the charm and character of a historic era.

In addition to the hundreds of words and phrases, readers will also enjoy more than 150 vintage images.

132 pages, Black and White on White Paper, Signed by the Author if ordered here through our General Store.

Published by Legends Of America, 2015.


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