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Emerging Ghost Towns of the Plains

Okaton, South Dakota by Kathy Alexander.

Okaton, South Dakota, by Kathy Alexander.

For years, newspapers, locals, and especially farmers have lamented the downward spiral that agriculture has taken over the last century. I heard it as I was growing up in UlyssesKansas. I heard it in the news when I moved away from that small town. I continue to hear it on economic updates. But, what I don’t think I ever fully realized, were the ghost towns that the agricultural decline has made across agricultural states. Continue reading…


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Gordon W. "Pawnee Bill" Lillie

Gordon W. “Pawnee Bill” Lillie


One of the many who exemplified the “Wild West” was Gordon W. “Pawnee Bill” Lillie. Gordon was the oldest of four children born to Susan and Newton Lillie in Bloomington, Illinois, on February 14, 1860. Read about Pawnee Bill – Another Wild West Showman.

William Henry Harrison, by Rembrandt Peale.

William Henry Harrison, by Rembrandt Peale.

Born February 9, 1773, William Henry Harrison was an American military officer and politician who served as the ninth President of the United States. He is known as the president with the longest inauguration speech and the shortest term – he was commander-in-chief for only 30 days, 12 hours, and 30 minutes. Read more…

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Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases Book by Kathy Alexander

From the pages of period newspapers, books, and century-old dictionaries comes the slang, lingo, and phrases of the American Frontier. Even if you’re not looking for a definition, you’ll get a peek into the charm and character of a historic era.

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Bass Reeves – Black Hero Marshal

Bass Reeves, U.S. Deputy Marshal

Bass Reeves, U.S. Deputy Marshal

Born to slave parents in 1838 in Crawford County, Arkansas, Bass Reeves would become the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi River and one of the greatest frontier heroes in our nation’s history. Read about Bass Reeves.


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Texas Rangers in Del Rio, 1918.

Texas Rangers in Del Rio, 1918.



Black Seminole Scouts Protecting the Texas Frontier


Black Seminole Scouts, about 1913

Black Seminole Scouts, about 1913

The Seminole Indians originally lived in Florida swamplands and welcomed escaped slaves. The escaped slaves, called Maroons, combined African traditions with Native American customs. Read more about the beginnings of Black Seminole Scouts.


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Top Tips for Winter Travel in Mountainous Regions

Snow on the Painted Desert by Dave Alexander.

Snow on the Painted Desert by Dave Alexander.

Sure, winter travel in mountainous regions can be fun and exciting. However, the harsh weather conditions and rugged terrains present unique challenges. Read our Top Tips for Winter Travel in Mountainous Regions.


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