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Exploring history, destinations, people, & legends of this great  country since 2003.

 

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Route 66 - America's Mother Road, although no longer 'officially' in existence, is driven by travelers from across the world who want to take part in the American experience. See our Route 66 photo galleries HERE.

 

 

 

  Did You Know?

 

In 1926, when Route 66 was commissioned, only 800 miles were paved. It wasn't until 1937 that Route 66 got paved end-to-end.

 

 

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South Carolina
 
Rhode Island Postcard
 
Wisconsin
 

 

 

 

 

American Factoids:

 

Route 66, the "super-highway,” as it was thought of in 1926, represented unprecedented freedom to travel across the American West. Spawned by the rapidly changing demands of America, entrepreneurs, Cyrus Avery of Tulsa, Oklahoma and John Woodruff of Springfield, Missouri conceived of the grand idea of linking Chicago to Los Angeles and began lobbying efforts to promote the new highway. While other East/West highways existed at the time, most followed a linear course, leaving out the rural communities, dependent upon transportation for farm products and other goods. Route 66 would change that.

 

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What qualifies as a Ghost Town? While some argue it is a town completely abandoned, a ghost town is any historical town or site that leaves evidence of a town's previous glory. This could be in many forms -- all businesses closed, municipal services at a minimum, rubble and old nails strewn about, ruins of former buildings, etc. Some places that are categorized as ghost towns still have people living in them and though sometimes they don't want to be called a ghost town, most historians will continue to reference them that way if the reason or purpose for it's original "boom" is gone. This would include towns like Tombstone, Arizona; Cripple Creek, Colorado; Madrid, New Mexico, and dozens of others.

 

Elkhorn, Montana Ghost Town Buildings

Two of the most photographed buildings in Montana include Gillian Hall on the left, and the Fraternity Hall on the right, in the ghost town of  Elkhorn, Montana. Today, both buildings form Montana's smallest state park.  Photo by  Kathy Weiser-Alexander, July 2008. This image available for photographic prints and  downloads HERE!

 

 

Old West Factoids

  • Though the term "stick 'em up" is widely used in Western films, it wasn't actually coined until the 1930's.

  • Topeka, Kansas was the scene of many a gun battle, but the most bizarre incident occurred in the Kansas House of Representatives where Boston Corbett, the reported killer of John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin, ran amuck. Corbett threatened to kill several state congressmen for stalling legislation; he finally surrendered his weapon without shooting anyone and was sent to an insane asylum.

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A Dash for the Timber, Frederic Remington, 1889

 A Dash for the Timber - Frederic Remington, 1889. From our Cowboys & Trailblazers Gallery

 

 

 

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Fort Bowie, Arizona, 1894Located in the southeast corner of Arizona, Fort Bowie National Historic Site commemorates the story of the bitter conflict between the Chiricahua Apache and the United States military. It also stands as a lasting monument to the bravery and endurance of U.S. soldiers in paving the way for westward settlement and the taming of the western frontier.

 

The fort was named in honor of Colonel George Washington Bowie commander of the 5th Regiment California Volunteer Infantry who first established it. Initially, the post resembled more of a temporary military camp than a fort. However, in 1868, a second, more substantial Fort Bowie was built which included adobe barracks, houses, corrals, a trading post, and a hospital. The new fort became the focal point of military operations for more than 30 years.

The Apache were finally subdued with the surrender of Geronimo in 1886 and the Chiricahua Apache were banished to Florida and Alabama. The fort then returned to use as a travelers’ stop until it was totally abandoned in 1894.  In 1911 the land was sold for $1.25 to $2.50 an acre and many of the buildings were dismantled.

In 1964, the site was authorized as a National Historic site. Today, the remains of Fort Bowie are carefully preserved, as are the adobe walls of various post buildings and the ruins of a Butterfield Stage Station. The site is located on the unpaved Apache Pass Road which can be accessed from Interstate 10 near Bowie, Arizona or from Arizona Highway 186 just north of the entrance to Chiricahua National Monument. Access to the ruins of Fort Bowie and the visitor center is via a 1.5 mile foot trail which begins at a parking area along Apache Pass Road. 

 

See our Fort Bowie photo gallery HERE.

 

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  • Louisiana - Vintage and current photographs and art of Louisiana, including New Orleans and coastal photos.

  • Patriotic - Restored vintage photos , illustrations, and posters of Patriotic people, scenes and slogans in American History, including Freedom, Liberty, the American Flag, Heroes in American History and much more.

 

   

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Ghost Towns: America's Lost World DVDKathy Weiser-AlexanderGhost Towns (America's Lost World) 2 Disc DVD

 

Unearth America's Lost World! This 5-Part series ventures into the roots of our nations high hopes and hard labors to discover the towns that boomed fast and went bust even faster. Through original footage, interviews with experts and archival materials, this fascinating documentary takes viewers on an amazing journey through our abandoned history. From the deserts of California and mountains of Colorado to the forts, trails and battle sites of war, witness the precious remains of the past that only exist today as shadows of former glories and empty promises.

Dave AlexanderFirst time on DVD! Legends of America's own Kathy Weiser-Alexander and Dave Alexander, along with noted Ghost Town author Philip Varney, authors Jeff Barnes, Kenneth Jessen and many more, even an appearance from Bob Boze Bell. Created and Produced by Award-Winning Documentarians, Centre Communications, exclusively for Mill Creek Entertainment. Total Running time 5 hours, 34 minutes.

 

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Dave and Kathy at Big Nose Kate's Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona

Lots of folks think Legends of America is a big corporation with dozens of employees -- because we've been around so long & provide thousands of web pages -- Nope, we're not.

 

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