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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, LouisianaHaunted 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 LafitteJean 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.







Emancipation Proclamation & The 13th Amendment - President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, which declared that all persons held as slaves within the rebellious states are, and henceforward shall be free. An updated and expanded look at the proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


Military & Government in the Formative Years (1783-1812) - When the American Revolution was over, Congress subscribed to the view that the first line of national defense should be a well-regulated and disciplined militia sufficiently armed and accoutered, but a permanent army would be a heavy expense. (by Richard W. Stewart)


Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton - Founding Father and Political Philosopher - Alexander Hamilton was Aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War, Founding Father of our country and our financial system, economist, and political philosopher.


Assignation of President Abraham Lincoln - Shortly after 10 p.m. on April 14, 1865, while attending a performance of the at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. President President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot.


Nevada Triangle - A Trap in the Mountains - The Nevada Triagnle is located in a region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Nevada and California where some 2,000 planes have been lost in the last 60 years.


Cape Hatteras, North CarolinaCape Hatteras National Seashore - The nation’s first national seashore, Cape Hatteras National Seashore was established in 1937 to preserve significant segments of unspoiled barrier islands along North Carolina's stretch of the Atlantic Coast.


That time when...Our Visit to Shakespeare - (Photo Blog) The third in our series "That time when..", a look back at our favorite travels since 2003, takes us on a journey to southern New Mexico and the ghost town of Shakespeare.


Betsy Ross & the Nations First Flag - The story of Betsy Ross is a patriotic one stitched into American History from tales passed down to her descendants. True or Not, she'll be forever remembered as the woman who fashioned our nations first flag.


North West Company Trading Post, Pine City, Minnesota

North West Co. Fur Post - A Trip to the early 1800's on Snake River (photo blog)


Mill City Museum - Exploring Flour Power in Minneapolis - (Photo Blog) The Mill City Museum and nearby Mill Ruins Park tell the story of how Minneapolis once was the flour mill capital of the world.


Sibley Historic Site & Fort Snelling - (Photo Blog) We took tours deep into Minnesota history at Sibley Historic Site in Mendota, and across the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling.  It's a full day of fun and learning, including some of the oldest structures still standing in The North Star State.


Henry Hastings Sibley, Minnesota Pioneer - Henry Hastings Sibley occupied the stage of Minnesota history for 56 active years. He was the territory's first representative in Congress and the state's first governor.


The Dakota make attacks on settlers during the Dakota War of 1862U.S. - Dakota War of 1862 - The Dakota War of 1862 began on August 17, 1862 along the Minnesota River in southwest Minnesota and ended with a mass execution of 38 Dakota men on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota.


First Settlement of Minnesota - Up to the time of the ratification of the treaties of 1837 there were no lands in the area of Minnesota open to settlement. All was 'Indian country.' From author William Watts Folwell, 1924.


Historic Fort Snelling - The Army founded Fort Saint Anthony (later called Fort Snelling) in 1819 on the bluff above the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers to control the exploration, trade, and settlement on these waterways. First led by Colonel Josiah Snelling, the fort would contribute greatly to the military for more than a century.


On the Road - Fort Dodge..The Other Fort Dodge - (Photo Blog) We're on the road again, with the farthest destination from home being the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. Along the way we are finding plenty of history. Like the Fort Museum & Frontier Village at Fort Dodge, Iowa, which tells a tale of westward expansion and the original Fort Dodge, active from 1850 to 1853. It's worth taking time to visit.

Fort Dodge, Iowa - (Article) The Fort Museum & Frontier Village in Fort Dodge, Iowa tells the story of the original Fort established from 1851 to 1853 and the town that grew beside it.

Wendigo - Flesheater of the Forests - In the north woods of Minnesota, the forests of the Great Lake Region, and the north central regions of Canada is said to live a malevolent being called a wendigo. This creature may appear as a monster with some characteristics of a human, or as a spirit who has possessed a human being and made them become monstrous.


Uncle SamThe Origin of Uncle Sam - Although Uncle Sam is one of our most popular personifications of the United States, many Americans have little or no concept of his origins.


Cane River Creole National Historical Park - The Cane River region is home to a unique culture; the Creoles. The nearly 300 year relationship between the Cane River Creoles and their homeland was shaped by the river. This relationship was tested by flood, drought, war, and numerous other obstacles.


Settlement of the Cane River Area - Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in 1682, claimed Louisiana for France. Sieur de Bienville explore the Red River to open trade with local tribes which resulted in the establishment of Natchitoches.


KachinasKachina Types & Ceremonies - Many different styles of kachinas exist to provide different types of examples and guidance for the tribe.


Early History of the Pelican State - It is often said that Paris is France, and it may also be said that New Orleans is Louisiana, for the history of the city is the history of the State. Historic text from James S. Zacharie in 1885 takes a look at the early years of Louisiana.


Women in the Homestead - The first stage in pioneer-life is nomadic: a half score of men, women, and children faring day after day, it is only when they reach their place of destination, that a community begins. William Worthington Fowler looks at the crucial role women played in the homestead, from his 1877 book "Woman on the American Frontier".




Compiled by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America


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