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Benjamin Franklin, editor and writer, by Charles E. Mills, early 1900s

Benjamin Franklin, editor and writer, by Charles E. Mills, early 1900s.

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From artists, to illustrators, photographers, writers, and publishers, American History is filled with adventurous characters who set out to document the events, people, and scenes that made this country grand. In many cases, these individuals often braved the elements,  dangerous conditions, and battle grounds to document their experiences, travels, and views, in illustrations, written materials, and photographs.


On these pages can be found many of the people and companies who documented America's history in images and written words. There are far too many people who have spent countless hours compiling American History to list them all; so these pages focus on some of the more famous; and, primarily on those who have "contributed" to Legends of America's many pages. Throughout the website are numerous photographs and illustrations by some of these talented artists and photographers, as well as articles, quotes, and even one entire book, written by these historic folks.


Historical Text appears throughout Legends of America. Here, you will find excerpts and full articles from historical newspapers, periodicals, and books, written in the late 1800's and early 20th century. Read the words of those who actually witnessed the frontier, its hardships, successes, from those who are well-known, such as soldiers and Presidents , to the ordinary pioneer traveling in wagons, on horses, and trains across the vast west.


On nearly every history page, you find photographs and art from numerous talented people who left their marks through illustrations, paintings and early photography. These artists and photographers have not given an enhanced view of our past; but, also, greatly enhanced our pages for our readers.



"American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.


-- James Aurthur Baldwin





Charles M. Russell working in his studio in Great Falls, Montana.

Charles M. Russell working in his studio in Great Falls, Montana.




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Purchase Historic Maps on CDHistoric Maps on CDFrom historic maps of the United States and North America, to the Civil War Native American, Railroads, the Revolutionary War and numerous States & Cities, you'll find dozens archival maps in this product offering. Great for locating old towns and locations of places that have changed names. Treasure hunters can find these very useful in locating long lost places. Digital images of maps are usually quite large. Shipped on CD's and affordably priced at just $12.95. Or get whole collections at greater savings. To see them all, click HERE!

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