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Anarchist bombing in New York City1919 Anarchist Bombings - In 1919, the United States saw violent anarchists target political leaders, law enforcement and others through a series of bombings in several cities.


United State is Voted Dry1919 - United States Year in Review - World War I was over and most Americans were eager for peace and security; but, 1919 would prove to be anything but. We take a look at the turmoil from race riots and strikes to anarchist bombings and the flu in this 1919 year in review.



Church in Watrous, New MexicoWatrous - River Junction on the Santa Fe Trail - The valley where the tiny town of Watrous stands today, has long been a resting and meeting place, beginning with the indigenous tribes of the area. It continued to be a popular stop when the Santa Fe Trail came through the area.


Samuel Watrous and third wife, Josephine Chapin WatrousThe Life & Mysterious Death of Samuel B. Watrous - Rancher and farmer of Mora County, New Mexico for whom the town of Watrous is named. After a long and successful life living along the Santa Fe Trail, he was killed by two gunshots to the head, which remains a mystery today.


The Lucien Maxwell House, Cimarron, New Mexico, 1864Maxwell Ranch on the Santa Fe Trail - One of the most interesting and picturesque regions of all New Mexico was the immense tract of nearly two million acres known as Maxwell's Ranch, through which the Santa Fe Trail ran. (By Colonel Henry Inman in 1897)


Soldiers and IndiansIndian Terrors on the Santa Fe Trail - Almost immediately after Mexican-American War and the addition of the southwest to the United States, the powerful Ute tribe inaugurated a bloody and relentless war against white settlers in the Territory. (By Colonel Henry Inman in 1897)


Deadwood, South Dakota StagecoachOverland Mail on the Santa Fe Trail - The Santa Fe line of beautifully painted, elegant mail stages left Independence, Missouri on its first monthly journey on July 1, 1850.


The Outlaw Amongst Us - John Jarrette, member of the James-Younger Gang, is thought by many to have died in California. Author Al Donnelly says otherwise and tells the tale of the outlaw in British Columbia.


Raton Pass, New MexicoThe Treacherous Raton Pass on the Santa Fe Trail - Raton Pass, at the border of present day New Mexico and Colorado, was one of the most important, yet treacherous, segments of the Mountain Branch Santa Fe Trail. The pass cut through the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains, allowing wagons access to the vast western territory.


Branches of the Santa Fe Trail - The historic trade route of the Santa Fe Missouri through Kansas to Santa Fe, New Mexico had two primary branches -- the Cimarron Route and the Mountain Route. During the trail's heydays, both were well traveled for different reasons.

Morris County, Kansas Santa Fe Trail - Continue traveling the old Santa Fe Trail into Morris County, Kansas, where numerous historic sites can still be seen and visited.


Seth M. Hays, Founder of Council Grove, KansasFrom our Legends Of Kansas PagesSeth M. Hayes, Founder of Council Grove- Seth Hays was a shrewd, colorful, and successful trader, rancher, tavern owner, and publisher. Settling early on the Santa Fe Trail, he founded Council Grove, Kansas.


Legends Of Kansas Pages - Charles H. Withington - Santa Fe Trail Merchant - Withington was one of many who operated a store along the Santa Fe Trail and was involved in the tumultuous days of Bleeding Kansas.


William Becknell blazes the Santa Fe TrailSanta Fe Trail People - Find many of the people who were involved in the trade of the Santa Fe Trail, folks who traveled the pathway, and those who wrote about it. Here, you'll not only find well known names such as folks like Buffalo Bill Cody, William Becknell, and Christopher "Kit" Carson; but, also, many of those small store proprietors, the Indians, who were displaced by the blazing of the trail, and more.


Santa Fe Trail, Kansas - Continuing the expansion of Santa Fe Trail history through Kansas into

Osage County, and Waubaunsee and Lyon Counties.





Independence, Missouri Square, 1850Independence, Missouri - Queen City of the Trails - Lying on the south bank of the Missouri River, near the western edge of the state, Independence, Missouri was originally called home to the Kanza and Osage Indians, who called the area Big Spring.


Santa Fe Trail Map Douglas, Osage and Lyon CountiesIn an expansion of our Santa Fe Trail history, we dive deeper into the trail in Johnson County and Douglas County, Kansas.


Johnson County Santa Fe Trail - The different Missouri River branches of the trail, whether from old Franklin, Fort Osage, Independence, Westport, or Kansas City, came together in Johnson County, Kansas and by one common course, passed out of the county near its southwest corner.


Douglas County Santa Fe Trail - The trail entered Douglas County near its southeast corner, a few miles east of the old town of Black Jack before taking northwesterly course through Palmyra and on to Willow Springs. Here, it turned to the southwest, passing close to the now extinct towns of Globe and Baden and into Osage County about three miles north of the southwest corner of Douglas County.

John Wilkes Booth - Actor to Assassin - John Wilkes Booth loved acting, but was even more passionate about his politics, which would lead to one of the darkest days in American History and the loss of a beloved President. 


Hudson River Valley, New York by John Collier, 1941, colorization by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.A Touch of Color - Kathy's had her "right brain" in gear toward photo's in this new gallery in our Photo Print Shop.  Taking some vintage, and some more recent photos and adding a small touch of color to each.  Be sure to check out this "growing" gallery and give us some feedback.


Battle Horseshoe Bend, New York Public Library, 1847. Battle of Horseshoe Bend - In the Spring of 1814, a deadly and decisive battle would occur on the Tallapoosa River in Alabama, killing more Native American's in a single battle than any other in the history of America. It would also result in the end of the Creek Civil War, and lead to the State of Alabama.


Shootout at the Pembina Post Office - Author Jim Benjaminson takes us to Pembina North Dakota and a dark day in November 1878 when the effects of the Sam Bass gang rippled into this tiny border town.


George Washington Carver - Scientist, Educator, Inventor - Born to slave parents, George Washington Carvers thirst for knowledge and love of nature would leave an incredible legacy on the agricultural community of the United States.


UPDATE: Fort Caroline may not be in Florida after all. New evidence points to ruins found on the Georgia Coast.


Route 66 Does Not EndBest of Route 66 Slideshow - Known by several names throughout the years including the "Mother Road," "Main Street of America," and the "Will Rogers Highway," Route 66 served travelers for some 50 years, before totally succumbing to the "new and improved" interstate system.


Greetings from California PostcardCalifornia Route 66 Slideshow - The stretch of Route 66 that passes through California extends from the Colorado River near Needles, all the way to the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica. Traveling through deserts, mountains, ghost towns, metropolitan areas, and beach communities, California's 320 miles of the Mother Road provide a wide variety of geography, cultures, architecture, and photographic opportunities.


Hackberry General StoreArizona Route 66 Slideshow - Take a virtual tour along Arizona's stretch of old Route 66 through the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, to Flagstaff, Oatman, and more.


Curse of the Petrified ForestThe Curse of the Petrified Forest - When visiting, the Petrified Forest National Park, folks are enamored by the beauty and uniqueness of the petrified wood. But, since the time the Petrified Forest became a National Monument, it has been illegal to remove any specimens of petrified wood from the park. But, people still do it. They obviously are unaware of the Curse.


John Lorenzo Hubble and the Hubble Trading Post - Located in Ganado, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation, the Hubbell Trading Post was established by John Lorenzo Hubbell in 1878. It is one of the oldest operating trading posts in the American Southwest, where the differing cultures of the Indians, Spanish, and Anglo-Americans have come together for mutual benefit.




Fort Wingate, New Mexico, 1873Fort Wingate, New Mexico - Reigning in the Navajo - Having two different locations, Fort Wingate, New Mexico was established to control the Navajo tribe.


Selling The Sizzle - Part Two - In the world of marketing, advertising, and sales, substance often takes a back seat to perception. In part two, author Jim Hinckley explores how Calkins & Holden Make Art out of advertising the automobile.



Compiled by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America


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