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





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Legends of America salutes the men and women of our great nation who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Read more about Veterans Day HERE.




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



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American Factoids:


Spanish Missions were not churches. They were Indian towns, with the church as the focus, where, in the 1700s, the native people were learning to become Spanish citizens. In order to become a citizen, they had to be Catholic; that is why the King of Spain sent missionaries to acculturate them.


There were an estimated 18-20 million Native Americans living in the United States when Europeans first arrived. According to the 2010 Census, 5.2 million people in the United States are  identified as American Indian and Alaska Native, either alone or in combination with one or more other races, comprising 1.7% percent of the total population.


The first Thanksgiving in 1621

Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims, 1621, painting by Jean  Leon Gerome Ferris.

Image available for photographic prints and downloads HERE!



The oldest evidence of cotton cloth has been unearthed by archaeologists from caves in Mexico which date back as far as 8,000 years ago. Remains of cotton cloth and cotton bolls were found, making Native Americans the makers of the oldest cotton found to date.

Viking explorers met Native Americans long before Christopher Columbus did. First making their way to North America in the 11th century, archaeological evidence suggests they encountered Native American some 500 years before Columbus arrived.



Thanksgiving Factoids

  • The idea of celebrating the harvest pre-dates the Pilgrims with origins that can be traced back to Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

  • In America, although we recognize the Pilgrims three day feast at Plymouth in October of 1621 as the first Thanksgiving in the new world, celebrations can be found dating back to the 1500's.

  • Palo Duro Canyon, just south of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle, was host to Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado who led 1,500 men in a Thanksgiving celebration in May of 1541.


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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.




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Fort Yellowstone Cavalary, 2903Yellowstone National Park was created 44 years before the National Park Service.

Established on March 1, 1872, as the world's first national park, Yellowstone was first administered by the Interior Department and was managed by a civilian superintendent with limited resources or legal authority to maintain and protect the park's natural features and wildlife, or to deal with poaching, vandalism and other destructive activities. Until 1886, the park was the focus of a number of companies that wished to commercialize and/or privatize park lands with concessionaires, railroad, mining, and other business interests. The poorly funded Interior Department was unable to prevent degradation of the park and in some circumstances, was complicit with special interest groups.

To solve this problem the administration of the park was officially handed over to the War Department and the United States Army in 1886. The U.S. Cavalry was sent in to build a fort and oversee the park, which would continue until the National Park Service was established in 1916. It was during this time that the Cavalry introduced the prototype for today's Ranger uniforms -- the wide-brimmed hat being the most recognizable feature.


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  • Signs of the Times - In the beginning, American roadside advertising was generally local with ara merchants painting their own signs and gluing posts on walls and fences to notify those traveling by of a product or service up ahead. By 1850 advertising first began to be see on street railways and the earliest billboards sprang up in 1867. Outdoor advertising typically has witty slogans, distinctive visuals, and bright colors to draw the eye of the traveler and leave them thinking about the advertisement after they have driven past it. Popular on businesses is the neon sign, which was first demonstrated in a modern form in December, 1910. Used worldwide, they are extremely popular in the United States, especially from about 1920–1960. Gallery displays, old signs, new signs, signs that don't exist anymore, ones that are colorful, fading, bright, tattered, and everything in between.

  • 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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