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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.


Company Store in Sego, UtahThat 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.


Santa Fe Trail Mountain Branch - Stops, Sites, and Descriptions of the Santa Fe Trail Mountain branch in New Mexico.


Battle of Glorieta Pass, by Roy AndersonCivil War on the Santa Fe Trail: 1861-1865 - The significance of the Civil War in relation to the Santa Fe Trail was limited to military matters such as the increase in the numbers of soldiers, escorts, patrols and forts along the Trail.


The Mexican War and the Santa Fe Trail, 1846-1848 - The Mexican-American War, from its outbreak on May 13, 1846 until the termination of hostilities signified by the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1848, transformed the Santa Fe Trail.


The Santa Fe Trail and the Railroad: 1865-1880 - The importance of the period of railroad expansion westward along the course of the Santa Fe Trail from its eastern terminus in 1865 to its arrival in Santa Fe in 1880, lies in the fact that it witnessed the change in character of overland trade along the Trail.


The Santa Fe Trade - The first American to penetrate the wilds of Louisiana and enter New Mexican territory was James Pursley, a Kentuckian, but his arrival at Santa Fe was antedated by that of Baptiste Lalande, a French Creole, who reached the province in 1804. (by Helen Haines, 1891)


Cimarron Route of the Santa Fe Trail - Rabbit Ears to Watrous


Wagon Mound, New MexicoIncidents on the Trail - One of the most remarkable stories of Wagon Mound country dealt with the nerve and bravery of John L. Hatcher in defense of his life, and those of the men in his caravan, about 1858. This story and more from Colonel Henry Inman, 1897.


Stories of the Old Santa Fe Trail - Early in the 1800s fables of the riches and splendors of the Spanish Hidalgos of New Mexico began to reach the ears of the frontier traders who believed there lay a market that was unsurpassed. By William E. Curtis, 1883.


Heroes of the Old Santa Fe Trail - Danger always develops heroes, as it develops recklessness and ruffianism, and a disregard for the value of human life that is almost incredible. A look at a few characters of the Santa Fe Trail, from William E. Curtis, 1883.


Legends of America November Newsletter - The latest news from our world, a look at new additions to our website, specials in our General Store & Photo Print Shop and more!


Seattle & the Klondike Gold Rush - For Seattle, the Yukon gold rush created a boom that attracted people from all over the world even after the gold rush ended.







Stede Bonnet - Gentleman Pirate - The story of the career of Major Stede Bonnet is indeed a strange one as he had less cause than most to become a pirate. His background was much more respectable than that of the average sea rover.


Girl FightSadie "The Goat" Farrell - The Queen of the Waterfront - Not as vicious with her claws as the Dead Rabbits' Hellcat Maggie. Nor as big and strong as riverfront bouncer Gallus Mag. But Sadie Farrell made more money than both women combined when she was the 'Queen of the New York Waterfront.' (By Joseph Bruno)


American Pirate List - A list of some well known, and not so known pirates in American History.


The Largest K.G.C. Treasure Ever Found - Imagine finding 5,000 gold coins in a pot buried under your house. That's what happened to two Baltimore boys in 1934, but the story of how the coins got there is even more interesting than the find, and involved a secret Confederate society known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. Submitted by Author Jack Myers.


A Daring Escape From Alcatraz - On June 12, 1962, the routine early morning bed check turned out to be anything but. Three convicts were not in their cells: John Anglin, his brother Clarence Anglin, and Frank Morris.


Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel - Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel, a Jewish-American mobster, is the man most responsible for the re-birth of the city of Las Vegas as the gambling capitol of the world. (By Joseph Bruno)


The Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad in Rhyolite, NevadaLas Vegas & Tonopah Railroad - The Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad ran between the many mines in Nevada.


Bonnie & Clyde - Stars of the Public Enemy Era - Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were American criminals who traveled the central United States with the Barrow Gang during the Great Depression, robbing people and killing when cornered or confronted.



Members of Murder, Inc.Murder, Inc. - Murder, Inc. was the name the press gave to organized crime groups in the 1930s to the 1940s that acted as the "enforcement arm" of the Italian-American Mafia, Jewish mob, and connected organized crime groups in New York and elsewhere.

(By Joseph Bruno)


Drugs in the Old West - The dice and the guns weren't the only things loaded in the Old West -- so were many of the men and women.


Giuseppe "Joe" MorelloGiuseppe "The Clutch Hand" Morello - The Blackhanders came from the mobbed-up city of Corleone, Sicily, but they perpetrated their murder and mayhem in the mean streets of New York City. (By Joseph Bruno).


Chatham Manor and the Lady in White - Over two centuries old, Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, Virginia is haunted by the ghost of a woman who cannot seem to break the bonds of unrequited love.


Haunted Fort Jackson - The oldest standing brick fortification in Georgia and a National Historic Landmark, Old Fort Jackson not only provides a wealth of history, but is also allegedly haunted.


Nathan HaleNathan Hale - The Patriot Spy - Nathan Hale was a Patriot through and through, who gave his life trying to bring back information for General Washington in New York. Story by Inez Nellie Canfield McFee, 1913.


Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve - Visitors to Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve have an opportunity to explore thousands of years of history in the wetlands along Florida's Atlantic coast.


Timucua Tribe Lost Today - The Timucua were the Native American people living in the Northeast and North Central portions of what is now Florida. Their name may derive from the Spanish pronunciation of the Timucuan word atimoqua which means 'lord' or 'chief'.


Historic Travel in New MexicoHistoric Sites of New Mexico - Some of the great historic travel destinations in New Mexico.


American Southwest - The American Southwest with its distinctive building traditions, languages, religions, and foods, reflects the vitality of the Spanish, Mexican, Indian and Anglo cultures which formed its history.


Boggsville - On the Santa Fe Trail - Representing the First Non-Military settlement in Southeastern Colorado, Boggsville was established on the Banks of the Purgatoire River, near its confluence with the Arkansas River, in 1866.


Santa Fe Trail in Colorado - Stops, Sites, and Detailed Descriptions of the Santa Fe Trail Through Colorado.


Historic Sites of Colorado - A look at some of the 'Southwestern' Historic Sites in Colorado.


Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area - The first National Heritage Area west of the Mississippi River covers 21-square miles encompassing the town of Yuma, Arizona, near the Californian and Mexican borders.


The White House, Canyon de Chelly, ArizonaCanyon de Chelly - For nearly 5,000 years, people have used the towering sandstone walls of Canyon de Chelly as a place for campsites, shelters, and permanent homes.


Arizona Historic Sites - Menu/List of a few of the great travel destinations in Arizona.


Haunted Hiking Trails Across America - Hikers in America are facing a strange and mysterious phenomenon. They are disappearing without a trace, which leaves science speechless (by Emma Mills)


Augusta, Georgia History - Founded in 1736 on the western bank of the Savannah River, Augusta, Georgia became the second town of the 13th British colony.


Myrtles Plantation - A Most Haunted Place - The infamous Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana is widely considered one of the most haunted places in America.


The Frontier GamblerFrontier Gambler - The Frontier Gambler is one of the most recognizable stock characters of the American West, usually portrayed as a gentlemanly southerner living outside of the law.


Port Hudson and a 48 Day Siege - Located about 20 miles northwest of Baton Rouge, Port Hudson is known best for a long battle that took place during the Civil War.


Tombs at the Cities of the Dead, New Orleans, Louisiana

Haunted Cities of the Dead - New Orleans - Established by Spanish royal decree on August 14, 1789, St. Louis Cemetery #1 is not only the oldest cemetery that can be visited in New Orleans, it is also said to be the most haunted.


Monsters & Sea Serpents - The remarkable sea serpent has been reported at so many points, and by so many witnesses not addicted to fish tales nor liquor, that there ought to be some reason for him. (Charles M. Skinner, 1896)


TreasureTales of Ghostly Lost Treasure - The wealth of the Astors hardly exceeds the treasure that is supposed to be secreted here and there about the country, and thousands of dollars have been expended in dredging rivers and shallow seas, and in blasting caves and cellars. (Charles M. Skinner, 1896)


Legends of Captain Kidd's Treasure - If Captain Kidd's earnings in the gentle craft of piracy were frugally kept, he possibly left some pots of money in holes in the ground between Key West, Florida and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Arghh, there are many o' tale to tell. (Charles M. Skinner, 1896)


Gulf Islands National Seashore - The area included within the National Seashore was important in the creation and protection of the southern United States after a series of occupations by the Spanish and British.


Fort Barrancas - Fort Barrancas (Florida) was built on the site of numerous previous forts, including Fort San Carlos de Austria, which was constructed by the Spanish in 1698.


Bateria de San Antonio - The Bateria de San Antonio is semicircular masonry fortification in Pensacola, Florida that was designed and built as a shore battery in conjunction with Castillo de San Carlos as part of the late 18th century Spanish defense system.


Jean Lafitte - A "Hero" Pirate - Jean Lafitte was a French-American pirate and privateer, who with his brother Pierre, operated in Lousiana and Texas in the early 19th century. (written by John R. Spears, 1903)


Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor - The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is home to the Gullah people in the Carolinas, and the Geechee in Georgia and Florida – cultural groups descended from enslaved peoples from West and Central Africa.


Santa Fe Trail in Oklahoma - Of the five states located along the Santa Fe Trail, Oklahoma's growth and development was least affected by the historic trade route.


International Trade on the Santa Fe Trail, 1821-1846 - Trade was an integral part of Native American life well before the opening of the Santa Fe Trail. By 1821, trade was agreed to and legal with Mexico.


George C. Sibley - Surveyor of the Santa Fe Trail - George C. Sibley was an American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and politician who led the 1825 Sibley Survey team of the Santa Fe Trail.


Route 66 Postcard Coloring BookRoute 66 Postcard Coloring Book - If you love Route 66, enjoy coloring, and like to share with others, this book is for you! The Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book contains 20 postcards of various places along America's Mother Road, each ready for your own artistic touch. Designed and published in Missouri, U.S.A by Legends of America founder Kathy Weiser-Alexander.


Haunted St. Augustine - Located in Northeast Florida, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States. It is also said to be one of the most haunted cities in the nation.



Compiled by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America


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