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July Newsletter - New material is on pause as we work hard to prepare our new web design.  This edition of the newsletter gives our readers a sneak peek at what's coming soon for our website.


June Newsletter - Anniversary month, website remodel coming along, specials and much more!


Butch Cassidy, aka: Robert Leroy Parker - Butch Cassidy was a notorious train and bank robber and the leader of a gang of criminal outlaws known as the Wild Bunch.


Robbers Roost on the Outlaw Trail - Located within the rugged canyon lands of southeastern Utah, Robbers Roost was a popular hideout for cattle rustlers and other outlaws during the days of the Wild West.


Hole-in-the-Wall, WyomingHole-In-The-Wall - Outlaw Hideout - The Hole-in-the-Wall, a remote pass in Wyoming, is a spectacularly scenic part of the Old West, rich in legend of outlaw activity in the late 1800s.


May Newsletter - The latest from our world, along with specials and featured products at our General Store.


United States Trivia, Fun Facts and Firsts - Did you know Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair?  Or, that by law, only dead people can appear on U.S. currency?  These and more in a fun look at trivia from the U.S.


Brooks–McFarland Feud - Leading to the Spokogee Shootout in 1902, the Brooks - McFarland Feud slowly came to a boil for six years.


April Newsletter - The latest from our world, along with specials and featured products at our General Store.


Lady Marshals of Indian Territory - Being a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Indian Territory was dangerous enough, but even more so for these women of the West, determined to bring in those wanted for justice.


Phoebe Couzins - Lady Law - One of the first female lawyers in the United States, the first female appointed as a U.S. Deputy Marshal, and a well known suffragist, Phoebe Couzins was a trailblazer for women's rights and equality.


Porter RockwellPorter Rockwell - Destroying Angel of Mormondom - Joseph Smith's personal bodyguard, Orrin Porter Rockwell would be known for his loyalty and generosity, as much as his tenacity and ruthlessness as a lawman in Utah.


Sequoyah - Inventor of Written Cherokee - Sequoyah developed a written alphabet based on the sounds of syllables and forever changed the Cherokee Nation.


Mills - A Shell of Memories - Don't blink, or you might miss this town in New Mexico that once boasted 3,000 residents. Today Mills has only a handful of homes still active, and a post office.


The Battle Against Corsets - Author Eric Smith submits this article from his book Lost Skills of the 19th Century about Frances Stuart Parker's call in 1897 for more sensible clothing for women.


March Newsletter - Latest from our world.


Susan La Flesche Picotte - First Native Physician - Omaha Indian Susan La Flesche would overcome the stigma of women in higher education to become the first Native American to receive a medical degree.


SS BaychimoMissing Ships Through the Decades - There are dozens of missing and unexplained disappearances of American ships and boats where no evidence of the ship or crew have ever been found. Here are some of the notable ones.


A Quick History of Smith & Wesson Firearms - This isn’t your typical history lesson. This is the story of Smith & Wesson Firearms, told from the Model 3 American revolver to today’s modern rifles. By Author Lauren Topor.


Madam C.J. Walker - Blazing a Path in Business for Women - Born to newly freed slaves, Sarah Breedlove would make a name for herself as Madam C.J. Walker, and despite adversity, blaze a trail for women in business with her hair care and teachings.


That Time When... Walking the Streets of Tombstone (photo blog)- As part of our series looking back at previous adventures, we revisit our adventure to Tombstone, AZ in 2007, where we discovered more than just an Old West tourist destination, we also found the Ghost Town Trail.


Yanke DoodleAmerican Revolution - Our new main page for all things American Revolution.


Prelude to the Revolutionary War - The French and Indian War set the stage for the American Revolution and was a landmark event in the European struggle for empire.


African Americans In The Revolutionary Period - African Americans in New England rallied to the patriot cause and were part of the militia forces that were organized into the new Continental Army during the American Revolution.


American Indians and the American Revolution - Many Indian nations tried to stay out of the American Revolution, but some sided with the Americans, and some fought with the British as the best hope of protecting their homelands. (By Collin Calloway)


Privateers in the American Revolution - When the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, the infant nation was in no position to defy British rule of the seas so it turned to privateering. (By John Frayler)


A Capsule History of the Revolutionary War - The American Revolution was an event of sweeping worldwide importance. A costly war that lasted from 1775 to 1783, it secured American independence.


February Newsletter - We explored our primary destination for our winter history tour, St. Augustine Florida, America's oldest city.  We found much more than Spanish history here.







President William Henry HarrisonWilliam Henry Harrison - The Hero of Tippecanoe - William Henry Harrison gave up the study of medicine to fight the Indians and became the Hero of Tippecanoe and later the President, although his term was the shortest in American History. (By I.N. McFee 1913)


Robert Fulton & the Steamboat - Robert Fulton was an American engineer and inventor who is widely credited with developing a commercially successful steamboat called the Claremont. (By I.N. McFee 1913)


St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park - For over a century, St. Augustine's Alligator Farm, a National Historic Site, has thrilled tourists and promoted conservation efforts for the states reptiles.


Castillo San Marcos outer wallA Walk Through Our Nations Oldest City - St. Augustine (Photo Blog) - Florida's foundations are apparent in this city established over 400 years ago. Our primary destination of our 2017 tour of history is St. Augustine, and we had one heck of an adventure.


St. Augustine - Florida's Historical Gem (Legends' Video)


Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium - Robert Ripley wanted to buy the Castle Warden Hotel in St. Augustine for years to show the world his collection of oddities. After his death, he got his wish.


Anne Bonny - Lady Pirate - This famous lady pirate known for her violent temper and ferocious fighting, operated in the Caribbean, along with the likes of 'Calico Jack' Rackham and fellow lady pirate, Mary Read.


The Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus - Founded in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the Ringling Brothers Circus was established by five of the seven Ringling Brothers in 1882. A look at the once kings of entertainment as they pass into history.


January Newsletter - New year, new adventure in our first newsletter of 2017.


Christopher Columbus - Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer who found the "New World" of the Americas on an expedition sponsored by King Ferdinand of Spain in 1492.


Fort Morgan, AlabamaFrom Mardi Gras to Seaside Defense - Our Journey along the Gulf Coast  (Photo Travel Blog) - In this addition of our travel blog, we spent some time at the Mardi Gras Museum in Lake Charles (bonus video included) before exploring historic seaside forts along the Gulf Coast.


Maritime History of Florida - A long and flat peninsula surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida has a long and rich maritime history.


Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans, LousianaMardi Gras History - Also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.


The Elusive Fountain of Youth - Explorers and adventurers have long looked for the elusive Fountain of Youth and some say Juan Ponce de Leon found it in Florida.


Fort Conde, Flying Various Flags - Located in Mobile, Alabama, Fort Conde, was originally founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in 1702 as Fort Louis de la Mobile at at 27-Mile Bluff.



Fort Morgan - Stronghold of Mobile Bay - Located on Mobile Point at the end of Fort Morgan Peninsula, this fortress was first established as Fort Bowyer during the War of 1812 and has a history that includes both World Wars.


Gladys City Boomtown Museum, Beaumont, TexasBlack Gold of Beaumont (Photo Travel Blog) Our primary destination on this part of our journey was to the beginnings of the Texas Oil Boom, but along the way we found a ghost town 'Gone with the Wind', and some scenic views of the Gulf Coast, despite Mother Natures gushers of her own. 


Texas Energy Museum uses animation to tell the story of the Lucas GusherTexas Energy Museum & The Texas Oil Boom - The Texas Energy Museum in Beaumont is an excellent view of how oil becomes various products, the history of oil in the Lone Star State and much more!


Gladys City and the Spindletop Gusher - Spindletop Hill, a salt dome oil field, was located in the southern portion of Beaumont, Texas. There had long been suspicions that oil might be under the hill as the area had been known for its sulfur springs and bubbling gas seepages that would ignite if lit.


Battle of San Jacinto - The victory at San Jacinto gave Texas its independence from Mexico and opened the door for the continued westward expansion of the United States.


Presidio de la Bahía, Goliad, TexasExploring Deep Texas History in Goliad (Photo Travel Blog) - Escaping the Missouri Winter, we begin another history adventure in the warmer south, starting our exploration in Texas and learning of the rich history in Goliad County.


Battle of Coleto & The Goliad Massacre - Just days after the fall of the Alamo, the Battle of Coleto would result in another Texan defeat, and lead to the horrific Goliad Massacre, inflaming Texan resistance to Mexico.


Mission Espiritu Santo - Mission Nuestra Senora del Espíritu Santo de Zuniga, also known as Aranama Mission or Mission La Bahia, was a Catholic mission established by the Spanish in 1722, near what is now the town of Goliad.


Legends of America December 2016 Newsletter - The latest from our world, sneak peak at our upcoming history adventure in the South and Southeast, latest from our General Store and more in our monthly newsletter.


Charles "Black Bart" BowlesCharles "Black Bart" Bowles - The Poet Outlaw - One of the most notorious stage robbers to operate in northern California and southern Oregon, Black Bart was considered a gentleman bandit with a reputation for style and sophistication.


Fort Gaines - Civil War Era Post - Located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, off the Gulf coast of Alabama stand the well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines, guarding the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years.


Alabama Civil War Battles - The State of Alabama declared that it had seceded from the United States of America on January 11, 1861 and then quickly joined the Confederate States during the Civil War.


Haunted Athens Asylum for the Insane - Today this complex, called the Ridges, is part of Ohio University, but these historic buildings once housed the Athens Lunatic Asylum, which is said to be haunted.


Grand Portage Historic EncampmentGrand Portage National Monument - When the French ceded Canada to Great Britain in 1763, traders immediately began moving across the Canadian frontier to take advantage of the region’s wealth of resources.


Voyageurs National Park - Located in an area where lakes, forested uplands, rocky lakeshores, marshes, and beaver ponds abound, Voyageurs National Park brings alive the history of the adventurous and brave French Canadian fur trading canoemen known as the voyageurs.


Great Serpent Mound - An internationally known National Historic Landmark, Serpent Mound is a 1,348-foot-long, three-foot-high prehistoric effigy mound on a plateau along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio.


Quincy Mine Smelter from Houghton, MichiganKeweenaw National Historic Park - Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula was the site of one of the most abundant deposits of pure, elemental copper in the world.


The Kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr. - On December 8, 1963, a group of amateur criminals hoping to strike it rich engineered one of the most infamous kidnappings in American history - Frank Sinatra, Jr.


Fort Frederica - James Oglethorpe built Fort Frederica for the British during the Anglo-Spanish conflict for control of what is now Georgia.


Legends of Fort Mountain - Legends say that the wall on Fort Mountain, Georgia was built either by the Moon-eyed people according to Cherokee lore, or to a Welsh prince who was said to have made his way to America in 1170.


Altamaha-ha - Serpent of the Altamaha River  - Near the mouth of the Altamaha River in southeastern Georgia is said to reside a hissing sea monster.


Presidio de la Bahía, Goliad - The Presidio de la Bahía, a National Historic Monument, served the people of four independent nations and is recognized for its cross-cultural, religious, and military significance.


That time when... Our Visit to Sego Canyon Utah - The fourth installment of our photo blog series "That time when..." remembers our 2008 visit to ancient rock art and the old coal mining camp of Sego, Utah.



Compiled by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America


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