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Did You Know?  

Anarchist bombing in New York City

Anarchist bombing in New York City

On June 2, 1919, America was shaken by a series of bombings in seven cities. Read about the 1919 Anarchist Bombings.

Prologue to the Civil War

Immediately after the Kansas-Nebraska Act was signed by President Franklin Pierce in May of 1854, a border war broke out between the newly established territory of Kansas and the state of Missouri. The seven-year conflict would ultimately lead to the American Civil War and become known as Bleeding Kansas.

Dave and Kathy in Tombstone

Legends of America celebrates its 16th Year on June 27th. Read about our early beginnings.



From ghost towns to active Icons, America’s Mother Road continues to thrill travelers from around the world even today. Here are a few of our favorite images from Route 66.

Happy Birthday!


Featured Photo Galleries this month:

Ghost Towns of Montana

Two of the most photographed buildings in Montana include Gillian Hall on the left and the Fraternity hall on  the right. Both buildings form Montana's smallest state park today.

Ghost Towns of Montana



National Trails & Scenic Byways

Atop Johnson Mesa in New Mexico

National Trails & Scenic Byways



From Legends’ General Store:

Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases Book by Kathy Weiser-Alexander

More Terms, Expanded Definitions + Reverse Lookup + More Pictures

New lower Price!

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. Made in Missouri, U.S.A.  For more information, visit Legends’ General Store.

Hey, Y’all! 

Kathy and Dave on their wedding night at the Laguna Vista Saloon in Eagle Nest, NM. June 19, 2006.

Legends of America is comprised of just the two of us — Dave & Kathy, who have a love of history, travel, and a desire to share it with the world! We have several others who have contributed along the way and always welcome more.

Though we are a small Mom & Pop “shop”, we have decades of customer service & business experience between the two us — in both large and small organizations. With an entrepreneurial dream, we launched Legends of America in 2003.

We are Midwest born and bred with great values. You’ll find, with just an email, phone call, or order, that our customer service is Over the Top!!

Legends’ General Store and our Photo Print Shop are the primary means for providing the volumes of information to our readers at no cost. However, you can also show your support through our “Tip Jar“.

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  1. Jim Bridger’s partner at Fort Bridger was not Louis Vasquez it was Pierre Luis Vasquez. In my eighty years, able to read 76 of those years, I have devoured thousands of book, documents, etc. As a Mescalero Apache I have always loved the history of Western Civilization especially her in the West. I have found many mistakes because many people repeat bad history book or articles instead of researching facts. One of the most egregious mistakes about Vasquez was one made by a BYU “history” professor who called him a Mexican in his Wikipida article. What follows is a potion of what I sent him. Most of you articles are very accurate.

    NAME: Pierre Luis VASQUEZ
    Born: 3 Oct 1798 in St. Louis, St. Louis Co., MO
    Baptized: 25 Nov 1798 at Old Cathedral, Basilica St. Louis 1
    Died: 5 Sep 1868 at Westport, Jackson Co. MO
    Buried: Sep 1868 in Mt. St. Mary’s Cemetery, (Now) Kansas City, MO
    By Father Donnelly 14
    Occupation: Mountain Man/Indian Trader/Farmer
    Father: Benito Andres VASQUEZ
    Mother: Marie Julie PAPIN
    NOTES: His father came from Galicia Spain with the Spanish army to establish forts on the Mississippi River. He married a French Acadian, became an Indian trader and help found the city of St. Louis, MO. His brother Antoine “Baronet” Vasquez was the interpreter for Zebulon Pike when he explored what is today Huerfano County, Colorado area in 1806. Louis Vasquez built Fort Vasquez in 1835, was partner with Jim Bridger at Fort Bridger in 1846 and retired in Westport, Mo. in 1855.

    1. Thanks for reaching out Paul! Actually, our information was correct in pointing to our entry on Pierre Louis (Luis) Vasquez, however we can see the confusion since we left off his first name (Pierre), and the bookmark to his entry on our explorer list didn’t work right. I’ve corrected both, and appreciate your valuable input.
      Corrections HERE and HERE.

  2. Happy Anniversary and many more! I have enjoyed your site for many years. Too bad we didn’t have your site to read when I was in school history classes–I would have stayed awake and learned.

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