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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.


The lighthouse in 1824Haunted 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.


Fort Mose - A Free Black Town - Fort Mose, originally known as Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mosé, is a U.S. National Historic Landmark located two miles north of St. Augustine, Florida, and was home to free black slaves during Spanish rule.


Osceola - Osceola, the most well-known leader of the Seminoles, was born in 1804, in a Creek town near Tallassee, present-day Tuskegee, Alabama.


Life in the Frontier Army - One of the determining factors about life in the U.S. Army on the frontiers of America was the small size of the force engaged in operations in relative isolation from the country and from the rest of the Army. (By Richard W. Stewart)


Valley Forge - A Patriotic Symbol of Perseverance - The name of Valley Forge has come to stand, and rightly so, as a patriotic symbol of suffering, courage, and perseverance. (By Richard W. Stewart)


The Army and Westward Expansion - When rumors reached America that France had acquired Louisiana from Spain, the news was upsetting as many Americans believed that when Spain lost its weak hold on the colonies the United States would automatically fall heir to them. (By Richard W. Stewart)


Replica of the Cardiff Giant in Fort Dodge IowaThe Cardiff Giant - "A Sucker Born Every Minute" - What started as an argument between George Hull of New York and a Methodist Preacher in 1868 turned into one of the most famous hoaxes of all time in America known as the 'Cardiff Giant'.


How to Make Money Renting Your RV When You're Not Using It - Making money renting your RV when you’re not using it can be a rousing endeavor. The return can be spectacular. As you wait for your next journey, you can help another family have theirs. Why not give it a shot? Submitted by RVShare.com.


How to Get the Best Deal Renting an RV - Renting has often been called 'dead money,' but this doesn’t have to be the case. As outlined in this article, there are a couple of ways you can save money renting an RV, as long as you take care to plan. Submitted by RVShare.com.


Causes of the American Revolution - England was never guilty of greater folly than in the treatment of her American colonies after the close of the French and Indian War by taxing the colonists without representation. From Charles Morse's A New history of the United States: The greater Republic;  published 1899.


Lee's Last 100 Days - Abraham Lincoln stated to Generals William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant that he would leave the final phases of the war to his two leading professional soldiers. A look at Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's last 100 days, based on Charles Morse's A New history of the United States: The greater Republic;  published 1899.


President James MonroeJames Monroe - Fifth President of the United States - James Monroe was the 5th President of the United States and the last Founding Father to become a U.S. President. He is most noted for the Monroe Doctrine.


The Axeman of New Orleans - For over a year, from May, 1918 to October, 1919, the City of New Orleans was in a frenzied panic over a roaming serial killer dubbed the "Axeman".


D.B. Cooper - Disappearing Into the Wilderness - D.B. Cooper is an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 1971, extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted to an uncertain fate.



Compiled by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America


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