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John Wilkes Booth, circa 1865, by Alexander GardnerJohn 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.


Rise of an Empire (Morris Markin and Checker Motors) - Author Jim Hinckley explores the rise of Morris Markin and Checker Motors.


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.


General William T. Sherman's March to the SeaSherman's Famous March to the Sea - Union Major General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea is the name commonly given to the Savannah Campaign conducted through a Georgia from November 15 to December 21, 1864 in the Civil War.


Battle of ChicamaugaCivil War Battles of Georgia - On January 19, 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union as the "Republic of Georgia" and on February 4, 1861 it joined the Confederate States of America. Most Georgians hoped to avoid war and peacefully leave the Union, but, when Fort Sumter, South Carolina was fired upon on April 12, 1861, the Civil War began.


James Edward OglethorpeJames Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) - British general, Parliament member, philanthropist, Oglethorpe, along with 120 immigrants founded the city of Savannah and the Georgia Colony,


Ship from England called AnneThe Founding of Savannah - At high noon on November 16, 1732, the good ship Anne spread her white sails and, like some great canvas-winged bird of the sea, flew from the shores of England westward over the Atlantic Ocean, carrying with her, British general, Parliament member, and, philanthropist, James Oglethorpe, and his 120 emigrants. They would establish the city of Savannah and the colony of Georgia the next year.


Thomas Jefferson PortraitThomas Jefferson - The Father of American History - Guest writer Anna Hicks presents her arguments as to why, even more so than George Washington, Thomas Jefferson is truly the Founding Father of American History.


Georgia - We're anticipating some travel to the Empire State of the South soon, so this state is finally getting it's own main page.  Watch for the addition of stories and photos from our travels in the coming months.


A Tour Along the Georgia Coast - Georgia’s Coast stretches approximately 100 miles between historic Savannah - Georgia’s oldest city - to St. Marys, the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore.


Dave and Kathy AlexanderLegends of America's Media Kit - To introduce ourselves to the people and places that we visit, we have put together a short media kit. Take a look and tell us what you think. Email us.


Hotel Ponce de Leon-Flagler CollegeSt. Augustine - Oldest U.S. City - Located in Northeast Florida, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States.













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Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FloridaCastillo De San Marcos - Spanish Stronghold - The oldest existing permanent seacoast fortification in the continental United States, Castillo de San Marcos, in St. Augustine Florida was built between 1672 - 1756


Fort Matanzas - Protecting St. Augustine - Fort Matanzas National Monument is a Spanish fortress built in 1742 to guard the Matanzas Inlet, which could be used as a rear entrance to the city of St. Augustine.


The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 - Taking place in western Pennsylvania, the Whiskey Rebellion was the first test of federal authority in the United States, and enforced the idea that the government had the right to levy taxes and pass laws that effected all states.


November Newsletter - Dave talks Thanksgiving and black olives and announces our new photo partnership with David Fisk, who joins Jim Hinckley as a photo contributor. 


Selling The Sizzle - Part One (Automotive Advertising) - In the world of marketing, advertising, and sales, substance often takes a back seat to perception. Jim Hinckley looks at the early days of selling the sizzle in the Auto Industry.

Winners Announced in our 10th Anniversary Photo Contest!


Veterans Day - Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11 has become an observance for more than just those who died in World War I.


Legends Partners with David Fisk - "Through the Lens of Fisk" is a new gallery in our Photo Print shop from David Fisk, a retired Newspaper Writer/Editor who has developed a unique view since first picking up a camera in 1970.  David joins Jim Hinckley on our photo team, adding to our view of Americana.


Tom Horn - Wyoming Killer for Hire - While not a lot is known about his early years, Tom Horn would become nationally known as a killer for hire in Wyoming and his legend would prove lasting in Old West lore.


Great Chicago Fire - October 8, 1871 would see many fires in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois, but the one most notable in the headlines was the Great Chicago Fire, which destroyed thousands of buildings and left 100 thousand homeless. 


The Peshtigo Firestorm of 1871 - The Peshtigo Firestorm of 1871 is the deadliest fire in United States History, killing up to 2,500 and leaving 1.2 million acres destroyed around Peshtigo Wisconsin.  It happened on the same night at the Great Chicago Fire, which overshadowed it in the news of the times.


Legends' General Store Booth, Warsaw, MissouriLegends' Store Front (Kinda-Sorta) - Legends' General Store has a NEW "Store Front" -- well, kinda, sorta. Customers are always telling us they want to come visit our "store". But, our store has always been on-line only. At least until now. We've now opened a booth at a local "mall" right here in our hometown of Warsaw, Missouri. It's located in the Old Curiosity Shop at 406 W. Main Street.




Compiled by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America


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