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September 2016

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Our World

I tend to head down to the dock more often in the mornings these days. Especially now for what I call my "September Zen". It's a moment of my day to breathe deep and remind myself that everything is right in our world.

That's especially handy during the current political climate. We used to watch the news channels a lot.. way more than we should. For a time I thought I would have to up my dose of blood pressure medicine. But a good friend of ours bought us a Roku for Christmas last year and we discovered Netflix. Then we discovered 'binge' watching, and thus our viewing was turned away from the horror show and on to other silliness not based in reality.

Kathy still set's up behind me at the dining table, working on her crafty ideas, while we lose ourselves in fantasy worlds of doctors, neurotic nurses, high tech crime fighting (and zombies for me after Kathy goes to bed). We still kept up with the news over our lunch hour, but as we entered September even that changed. Now I just check the headlines through the internet and skip the current clown show of pundits and hyperbole.

Even with our binge watching, Kathy's time at the dining table is productive. Her latest work is another coloring book, but this one has a great twist.

Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book from Legends of AmericaIt's the "Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book"... 5x7 postcards you can color, remove and send to your friends and fam, or just enjoy while you're exploring America's Mother Road.

We are taking delivery of our first batch this week and hope to get a few Route 66 businesses on board with having them in stock for travelers, in addition to them being in our online General Store. Our way of celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Route 66 this year. [If you are a 66 business that might be interested, or know of one, please let us know].

If coloring postcards aren't your bag of tea, but you like Route 66 images and artwork, don't forget we have plenty in our Photo Print Shop, available in many sizes of prints, print wraps and canvas.. you can even put our pictures on a coffee mug, mouse pad and more. Just click on the photo you like, choose buy and then browse our selection of products. Makes a great gift for the road warrior on your list.

Thanks again for your continued support! Kathy and I are blessed to have you in our lives and send our best wishes for a wonderful fall season.

Dave "No longer wanting to strangle the television" Alexander.


What's New

Here's the latest updates since our last newsletter.

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.

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.

James 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.

From our offbeat articles...

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.

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'

More from other authors and submissions

Historic text from Charles Morse.

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.

Richard W. Stewart articles based on his Army Historical Series

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)

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)

RV Submissions from RVShare.com

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.


More What's New Here


Did you know?

Thomas Jefferson was the first president to shake hands with guests. Previously people bowed to Presidents. Jefferson's library of 6,000 books was purchased for $23,950 and formed the basis of the Library of Congress.


More Presidential Trivia, Fun Facts and Firsts


Gambling in the Old West

Whether on a riverboat atop the Mighty Mississippi, or in the smoky dimness of a mining camp saloon, a lucky draw could turn a broken man into a winner. In the days of the frontier west, poker was king with the mustachioed likes of Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday, "Canada” Bill Jones, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and hundreds of others.


Continue Reading Gambling in the Old West

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.

Coloring History (Legends of America Coloring Book)
Coloring History (Color - Learn - Relax)

Legends of America presents a coloring book with bits of history thrown in for a fun, relaxing learning experience. Book includes 20 detailed coloring pages and 18 historic text pages. Designs & Text by Legends' Founder Kathy Weiser-Alexander. Size - 8.5" X 11"

Holiday T-Shirt designs
Holiday T-Shirts

From "Merry Gooble Boo Year" to "Ghost Rider", see our selection of holiday t-shirt designs.

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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