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The Great AwakeningUtopias in America - During the 18th and 19th centuries there were hundreds of communal utopian experiments in the United States. The Shakers alone founded around 20 settlements. While great differences existed between the various utopian communities or colonies, each society shared a common bond in a vision of communal living in a utopian society.

 

Early California WomenWomen on the Move: Overland Journeys to California - Contrasting the experiences of various women who left their homes to put down roots in California during the last quarter of the 18th century to the mid 19th century. Includes women who were part of Spanish explorer, Juan Bautista de Anza's overland expeditions in 1774-75 from what is now Mexico to the San Francisco Bay area; women who lived in California when it was under Spanish (1769-1821) and Mexican (1822-46) control; and women who were drawn to the area following the discovery of gold in 1848.

 

Suffrage Parade, New York City, 1912The Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 - When Alice Paul and Lucy Burns returned to the United States after working with the radical wing of the British suffrage movement, they sought to infuse the lethargic American campaign with techniques and strategies that had proven successful across the ocean. Their first activity was mobilizing 5,000 women for a massive suffrage parade on the eve of President-elect Woodrow Wilson's inauguration.

 

Women votingWomen's Suffrage in the United States - Women's suffrage is the right of women to vote and to stand for electoral office. Limited voting rights were gained by women in some western U.S. states in the late 19th century.

 

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.

 

William Becknell blazes the Santa Fe TrailBranches 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.

 

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

Osage County, and Waubaunsee and Lyon Counties.

 

Santa 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Compiled by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America

 

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