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August 2016

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Down at the dock across the streetIt never ceases to amaze me how fast summer can whiz by. As a kid I can remember feeling like it was never long enough, and couldn't comprehend why other seasons seemed to drag on forever.

Of course, back then that was because of school. Some of us were fortunate enough to love learning, while others looked longingly out at the playground counting minutes until recess. I guess I was a combination of both, as it depended on the subject matter at hand.

Kathy and I both love learning about the past, applying lessons to the present and fantasizing about the future. So we find it rewarding that so many parents, teachers and students visit our website. And we are always looking for ways to enhance those visits with more than just our on-line material.

That's why Kathy recently started creating downloadable PDF files, including vintage images, articles, mini-posters & maps, e-Books and more, many of which are free. It's part of our new Digital Downloads category in our General Store. We just started putting things together, so expect it to expand quite a bit over the next few months. We hope these easy to print downloads can be used to enhance lesson planning and learning, or just provide some fun for history loving kids. You can see the latest HERE.

Legends of America's Coloring HistoryKathy's also wrapping up final edits for our first Coloring Book "Coloring History". A fun way for kids to learn bits of history and relax coloring at the same time. We expect to release it in early September, and there will be more to come for sure. More details can be found HERE. (ps..as an adult I find it fun, so it's for big kids too).

Now that I'm older summer isn't the only season that whizzes by. Life has a habit of speeding up with age. I don't mind it as much in the winter, but I sure could use a extra long autumn once in awhile. That's my favorite time here at the lake, as the rush of boaters are gone, leaving the water peaceful and quiet once again. If someone finds a way to bottle that for later, let me know.

Sincerely, Dave Alexander - Daydreamer-In-Chief


What's New

When we last wrote, we were still on our adventure in Minnesota. Here's a few more photo blogs from our trip.

Our fave of the summer was North West Company Fur Trading Post, a trip to the early 1800's on Snake River just outside of Pine City, MN. Be sure to see the links to the related full articles in this blog post.

We visited one of Minnesota's best known landmarks, Split Rock Lighthouse, for some great history and views.

And we just couldn't resist photo blogging about our brief visit to the sleepy little town of Lanesboro, MN.

I'm sure we'll have more as we go through the thousands of photos, so stay tuned.

After we returned, it was back to adding up stories and legends. Here's more of our latest additions.

Clifton - Mining Copper Through Thick & Thin - Clifton, a once booming frontier mining town in southeast Arizona, has suffered through labor strikes, the ups and downs of mining and floods, yet still survives and is the location of one of the worlds largest deposits of copper.

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.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore - The nationís 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.

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.

In the third of our photo blog series "That time when..." , a look back at our favorite travels since 2003, we revisit our 2008 trip to the ghost town of Shakespeare, NM.


More What's New Here


Did you know?

Many historians believe that the United States Constitution was partially modeled after the Great Law of Peace, the constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy. In 1988, the United States Congress passed a resolution to recognize the influence of the Iroquois League upon the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

More Native American Facts & Trivia


Tragic History - The Other 9-11

On September 11, 1857 approximately 120 men, women, and children in a wagon train from Arkansas were murdered. Known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the history of this event continues to generate fierce controversy and deep emotions even to this day.

Read In-Depth, Including Historical Accounts & Testimony


Bumper Sticker Madness

  • My mind is like a steel trap: rusty, dangerous, and banned in 37 states.
  • When you are not looking at it, this sentence is in Spanish.
  • Life is not permanent. Do not take it seriously.
  • He who laughs last thinks slowest
  • I get enough exercise just pushing my luck.

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New From Legends' General Store

We support our love of history and American travel destinations through our General Store and Photo Print Shop. Each and every sale, whether it be a postcard, DVD, Poster, or Print, helps us pay the bills. Be sure to check out the latest additions to Legends' General Store via its What's New page HERE. And if you like any of the photos you see, you can chose between many sizes of prints, print wraps, canvas and more through our Photo Print Shop. Kathy and I pride ourselves on excellent customer service and thank each and every one of you for your support over the past 13 Years.

Personalized Barrel Top Sign

Choose from 8 designs and personalize with up to 15 characters and year.

Native Plants, Native Healing

Published by Native Voices, this book explores common wild plants, responsible harvesting and much more.

Supporting our love of history since 2003, Legends General Store is a great place to find unique gifts, books, DVD's and more. Save 10% off anything in our General Store by using coupon code NEWS10 in cart view.


Legends' Photo Print Shop provides a wide range of photos from vintage images to our current travels. Thousands to choose from, in print sizes small to large. Or put your favorite on T-Shirts to coffee mugs. Save 10% off all Photo Prints by using coupon code News10 during checkout.


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