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Death Valley's Corkscrew Peak- Dave Alexander, 2015

We're on the road for our Winter tour of history in warmer climates.  But before we got too warm, we decided we need to hit a bit of Route 66 west of Santa Rosa, through Arizona, that we haven't done in a decade.  Follow our journey in images through our Photo Blog.


Revisiting the Mother Road - Western New Mexico


Along the Painted Landscape of Arizona Route 66


Eclectic Path to Kingman


Our Journey To Death Valley


Riddle Brothers Ranch National Historic Site, OregonRiddle Brothers Ranch - Pioneer Homestead - The old Riddle Brothers Ranch, located in Harney County, Oregon is part of the historic context of pioneer settlement in the American West.


Jean Nicolet arrives in WisconsinWhen Wisconsin Was Discovered - A Parisian mail carrier's son was the first white man to step upon Wisconsin soil. The year was 1634, and King Louis XIII reigned as monarch of France. Thus, by the law of nations relating to new discoveries, Wisconsin became part of New France.


Paul Bunyan and the Blue Ox near St. Ignace, Michigan.Paul Bunyan, Hero Lumberjack - Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack in American folklore who has long been the hero of the American logging camps. His exploits, which revolved around the tall tales of his superhuman labors, were told by the fires of bunkhouses in the northern camps from Wisconsin to Maine, from Minnesota to Oregon, to Washington and California for decades.


On the Road - Oregon's Main Street: U.S. Highway 99 - In the early part of the 20th century, travel through and between the Pacific Coast states of Washington, Oregon and California was cumbersome. Towns and developing cities were connected haphazardly and, for the most part, the roads were still dirt trails wending through all types of terrain. Authors Jo-Brew and Pat Edwards take us back to when the famed Pacific Highway that answered the problem, and became Oregon's Main Street, U.S. Highway 99.


Americana - Original DesignAmericana - From baseball to apple pie, Thanksgiving to cheeseburgers, Norman Rockwell paintings to a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country styles, Americana is all things American. More specifically, it is those values, traditions, cultures found within the melting pot of the United States.


Central Mine Powder House Ruins, Kathy Weiser-Alexander 2014Central Mine (Copper Ghost Preserved) - The Central Mine in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula was the most productive of all the fissure deposit mines, producing nearly 52 million pounds of copper before playing out. The town that grew around was abandoned, but today it is preserved for all.


Furnace Complex at Fayette Historic TownsiteFayette Historic Townsite - Located on Michigan's Garden Peninsula, Fayette Historic Town Site is a 19th Century, well preserved, company town, that manufactured charcoal pig iron and lime from 1867 to 1891.


Laundress exhibit at Old World Wisconsin, 2014. Old World Wisconsin - The largest outdoor museum of rural life in the United States, Old World Wisconsin covers some 600 acres and features 60 historic buildings.


The Ioway Tribe - People of Iowa - The Ioway tribe, also known as the Iowa and Baxoje, are a Native American Siouan people. Their name was thought to have been borrowed by the French from Ayuhwa, the Dakota term applied to them, which, signifies “sleepy ones.”  The state of Iowa, where they once lived, was named after them.


Ma-Has-Kah or White Cloud, an Ioway chiefNative Peoples of Iowa - Many different Native American tribes have lived in Iowa over the generations. Each tribe, whether they were residents for centuries, or utilized the land for short periods, had their own culture, language and traditions.


Chippewa - People of the Great Lakes - Also known as the Ojibway, Ojibwe, and Anishinaabe, the Chippewa tribe are one of the largest and most powerful nations, having nearly 150 different bands throughout their original homeland in the northern United States and Canada.


Greetings From Iowa Postcard - custom design by Legends of AmericaIowa - The American Heartland - While visiting Iowa say hello and give a wave to these fine folks as you follow Iowa's National Scenic Byways along the shorelines of the mighty Mississippi River and over the hills above the Missouri River Plains. Trace the footsteps of Lewis & Clark, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Native Americans. Stop at some of the Hawkeye States best attractions including the Bridges of Madison County, Amana Colony, the Field of Dreams, and take a ride along the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad.


Early History of Iowa - The earliest known inhabitants of Iowa were the Mound Builders, which has been shown throughout the years by an abundance of historical evidence. These peoples were followed by American Indians and European explorers.






Fayette Historic Town Site, Michigan - Dave Alexander 2014

Amana Heritage Museum in Amana, IowaAmana Colony - The Community of True Inspiration - The Amana Colonies, a historic utopian society located in the rolling hills of Iowa's River Valley, were established shortly before the Civil War by a group of German-speaking European settlers


We toured the Upper Midwest for several weeks and blogged about the sites and history we ran into along the way.  See our journey in images via the Photo Blog and read about some of our primary destinations in the Travel Blog.  Links to all provided below.


Leelanau Peninsula and a Bit of Indiana (Photo Blog) - We've wrapped up our tour of history in the Upper Midwest after traveling up and down the Leelanau Peninsula and then exploring Amish country in Indiana.  See our latest Photo Blog.


Mackinac Bridge, Michigan - Dave Alexander September 2014Toodlin' Down to St. Ignace (Photo Blog) - We took a more leisurely stroll from Hancock to St. Ignace for our final days in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  See our quick journey in photos in this latest Photo Blog. 


Abandoned Rail Engine at Quincy Mine Shaft No.2, Hancock, MIKeweenaw Peninsula and Copper Island (Photo Blog) - We hit our ultimate goal of ghost towns and mining camps, surrounded by beautiful blue waters in the Upper Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan.  See our journey in images, and be sure to hover over the photos for some fascinating history in this edition of our Photo Blog.


Stonington Peninsula and Ghost Town Fayette (Photo Blog) - We made it to Michigan and parked our trailer on the Stonington Peninsula for several days of exploration, including the fantastic and well preserved ghost town of Fayette. See our visit to the Peninsula Point Lighthouse, Fayette Historic Town Site and more in this edition of our Photo Blog.

On to Michigan and the Fayette Historic Town Site (Travel Blog) - Read about the history of Fayette, a small industrial 19th century town on the Garden Peninsula of Michigan that is preserved as an historic town site.  Talk about some interesting history.. read about it in this edition of our Travel Blog.


Lake Life around Bailys Harbor in Door County Wisconsin

A Little Door County (Photo Blog) - We moved on to the Door Peninsula and found lake life on the Bay, along with some history and great photo opportunities. It's easy to understand why this area of Wisconsin attracts so many during the tourist season.


Milwaukee Area and Beer (Photo Blog) - For our time in East Central Wisconsin, we save Milwaukee for last and traveled down from Fond du Lac on Labor Day weekend for some history in German immigration, beer and more. See our visit through images on our Photo Blog.


Fond du Lac to Milwaukee (Travel Blog) - Did you know that Milwaukee was born out of a Bridge War? Read some interesting history of Milwaukee and a little bit of the surrounding area in this post on our Travel Blog.


East Central Wisconsin from Fond du Lac (Photo Blog) - We took a little down time but still explored the area around Fond du Lac and over to Lake Michigan.  See our visit via this photo blog.


Images of Old World Wisconsin (Photo Blog) - Now in our all time favorite list, Old World Wisconsin outdoor museum has something for the entire family to see and do. See our visit in images via this photo blog.


Old World Wisconsin (Travel Blog) - Read about how this outdoor museum came together and the interesting history we found inside via our Travel Blog.


When in Rome... Wisconsin (Photo Blog) - We headed out of Prairie du Chien and across Wisconsin to Kettle Moraine State Park, catching some great views along the way.


Iowa to Wisconsin Via a Field of Dreams (Photo Blog)  - We had a blast at the Field of Dreams movie site before landing in Pikes Peak State Park for some rich Mississippi history.  After browsing the photo blog, read about the history of McGregor, Prairie du Chien and more via the Travel Blog.


Prairie du Chien via a Field of Dreams (Travel Blog) - Read about the Field of Dreams Movie Site along with the history of McGregor Iowa and Prairie du Chien Wisconsin and more in this edition of our adventure in the Upper Midwest.


Amana Colonies - A Tour through Time (Photo Blog) - Images from our visit to the seven communities that make up Amana Colonies in Iowa, an interesting piece of communal history.


Amana Colonies (Travel Blog) - Read about the history of how the Amana Colonies were formed and why "The Great Change" in 1932 was brought about.


Strolling into Iowa (Photo Blog) - We head out of Missouri, catching the sites and history in photos along the way.


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Presidio of San Ignacio de Tubac, painting by William AhrendtPresidio of San Ignacio de Tubac (1752-1848) - Also called Fort Tubac, this Spanish built presidio was established by the Spanish Army in 1752 at the site of present-day Tubac, Arizona. For some 50 years prior, the Catholic Church and the Spanish military had been the vanguards of Spanish frontier expansion throughout New Spain.

Mission San Jose, San Antonio, TexasMission-Presidio Life in the United States -The first Spanish missions and presidios were established in the mid 16th Centuryin the Southeast United States and quickly spread throughout New Spain Territory, particularly in the Southwest.


Evil Kin - Legends of America Founder/Editor Kathy Weiser-Alexander appears on Investigation Discovery (ID Channel) in an episode of "Evil Kin" about the Bloody Benders, debuting 8pm Central Tuesday 8/12.



The Great AwakeningUtopias in America - During the 18th and 19th centuries there were hundreds of communal utopian experiments in the United States. The Shakers alone founded around 20 settlements. While great differences existed between the various utopian communities or colonies, each society shared a common bond in a vision of communal living in a utopian society.


Early California Women Women on the Move: Overland Journeys to California - Contrasting the experiences of various women who left their homes to put down roots in California during the last quarter of the 18th century to the mid 19th century. Includes women who were part of Spanish explorer, Juan Bautista de Anza's overland expeditions in 1774-75 from what is now Mexico to the San Francisco Bay area; women who lived in California when it was under Spanish (1769-1821) and Mexican (1822-46) control; and women who were drawn to the area following the discovery of gold in 1848.


Suffrage Parade, New York City, 1912The Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 - When Alice Paul and Lucy Burns returned to the United States after working with the radical wing of the British suffrage movement, they sought to infuse the lethargic American campaign with techniques and strategies that had proven successful across the ocean. Their first activity was mobilizing 5,000 women for a massive suffrage parade on the eve of President-elect Woodrow Wilson's inauguration.


Women votingWomen's Suffrage in the United States - Women's suffrage is the right of women to vote and to stand for electoral office. Limited voting rights were gained by women in some western U.S. states in the late 19th century.




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