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Thurmond, West Virginia – Most Thurmond property is owned by the National Park today. The entire town is a designated historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Thurmond is the least-populous municipality in West Virginia.
Finding Our Lumps in West Virginia (From our Photo Travel Blog) – Exploring mining towns of West Virginia, we discovered just how hard a life it is to be a coal miner. We also found a really long arch bridge.
Chillicothe, Ohio – Chillicothe, Ohio, the county seat of Ross County was the first territorial capital and the first and third state capital of Ohio.
From the National Road to Worlds Largest Stuff in the Land of Lincoln – (From our Photo Travel Blog) We found ourselves on the Cumberland Road, the first national highway, as we ventured across Illinois. We also discovered BIG things in Casey.
Fort Leavenworth-Fort Gibson Military Road – The Fort Leavenworth-Fort Gibson Military Road was created in 1837 and designated as the “permanent Indian Frontier” borderline.
September Newsletter – Another mountain adventure, Native American Ordeals, Stuckey’s Stuckey’s Everywhere, Two heads are better than one, and more in this month’s newsletter.
San Luis Valley, Colorado – Much of the beautiful landscape remains largely unchanged, where visitors can enjoy mountain biking, scenic hikes, skiing, fishing, camping, and other activities along the Reio grande, the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains, and Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
Bent’s Fort – Trading on the Trails – (From our Photo Travel Blog) – Bent’s Old Fort is a must-see stop if you are in Southeastern Colorado. The old trading post played a large role on the Santa Fe Trail.
On the Road – Cimarron and the Santa Fe Trail – (From our Photo Travel Blog) While we were in the Eagle Nest and Moreno Valley area, we took a trip westward through Cimarron Canyon to the historic Santa Fe Trail at Cimarron, New Mexico.
Costilla, New Mexico – Along with nearby Amalia, New Mexico, and Garcia, Colorado, Costilla was founded as a farming and ranching community in the early 1800s.
Questa, New Mexico – A Mining Maven – Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Questa, is a village in northern Taos County. The village is on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, near the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Red River.
On the Road – The Beauty & History of New Mexico’s Moreno Valley – In our latest Travel Blog, we revisit the beauty and history of the Moreno Valley.
July Newsletter – Magical Shrine in New Mexico, General Order No. 11, Dakota War of 1862, 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, and much more in this month’s newsletter.
Chimayó, New Mexico – Land of Healing – El Santuario de Chimayó, north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, attracts hundreds of thousands each year to its alleged healing earth.
Kansas Transportation History – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) From horses to covered wagons, steamboats, and railroads, this is the history of Kansas Transportation.
James H. “Dog” Kelly – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) James H. “Dog” Kelley was the Dodge City, Kansas mayor when several of the Old West’s most famous lawmen worked under him, including Bat, James, and Ed Masterson, as well as Wyatt and Morgan Earp.
Colby, Kansas – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) Despite its location, a major drought, and the dust bowl, Colby has held its own in Northwest Kansas as the Thomas County Seat.
Clayton, Kansas – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) Clayton, Kansas, is a semi-ghost town located primarily in Norton County but also in Decatur County. It is known for a horrific train crash in 1910 that killed and injured many passengers.
Paola, Kansas – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) By the 1840s, white settlers began to move to the area, and several missionaries lived in and near “Peoria Village.” In 1852, an Italian Priest named Paul D. Ponziglione arrived and renamed the village Paola after a small town on the coast of Calabria, Italy.
Black Friday Flood of 1951 – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) “Black Friday,” July 13, 1951, still stands as the single greatest day of flood destruction in Kansas.
Big Dam Foolishness at Tuttle Creek – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) Though there were 25 floods that damaged the area and cities downstream between the years 1903 to 1959, there was much opposition to building the dam that created the lake.
More Kansas Emerging Ghost Towns of the Plains (From our Legends of Kansas pages) :
Cottonwood Falls – The first settlement in the Cottonwood Falls area began in 1854 when an Indian trader named Seth Hays founded a cattle ranch on the Cottonwood River close to the mouth of the Diamond Spring Creak.
Green – Governor Green offered to buy a bell for the first Methodist Church to be established in a town named Green. The bell is still there today.
June Newsletter – Happy Birthday America! Meandering around Kansas, Colonial Williamsburg, Walnut Grove Dam Disaster, and much more! in this month’s newsletter.
St. Francis, Kansas – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) St. Francis is the county seat of Cheyenne County, located on the Republican River in the central part of the county.
Randolph, Kansas – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) When the Tuttle Creek reservoir began filling up in 1962, it affected ten towns and entirely submerged four of them including Cleburne, Randolph, Garrison Cross, and Stockdale. Of these towns, Randolph was the only one to build elsewhere.
Russell Springs, Kansas – On the Smoky Hill Trail – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) The town began in 1865 as the Eaton stop on the Butterfield Overland Despatch stage line. The line ran through rough Indian country along the Smoky Hill Trail that connected Fort Riley, Kansas, with the gold mines in Denver, Colorado.
Newton, Kansas – Rowdy Cowtown – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) Newton, Kansas, the county seat of Harvey County, got its start when the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad extended a main line from Emporia westward. It was a rowdy town at times, infamous for the Hyde Park Gunfight.
Daniel Wilder – Kansas Journalist and Author – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) He came to Kansas in 1857 and settled at Elwood the next year where he edited the Free Press and practiced law. He was one of the founders of the Republican Party in Kansas in 1859.
Walnut Grove Dam Disaster – A discussion about the research and subsequent book by Jim Liggett about the Walnut Grove Dam Disaster of 1890 that killed up to 100 people in Arizona. (Submission from Desert Roamer Press)
Israel Donalson – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) Israel B. Donalson was the first United States Marshal of Kansas Territory, a pro-slavery supporter in the middle of the Bloody border war with Missouri.
Gem – Thomas County Ghost Town – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) The area was first called Gem Ranch when it was established on land owned by J.W. Ellsworth. However, when it received a post office on December 14, 1885, it was shortened to Gem.
Fort Hays – Protecting more than just the railroad – (From our Photo Travel Blog) We hit the road to explore more Kansas, and along the way made a re-visit to Fort Hays.
Fort de Chartres, Illinois – Fort de Chartres was the 18th Century center of the French civil and military government of the Illinois Country. The Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher, Illinois marks the location of the last of three successive French forts named “de Chartres.”
Fort Sheridan, Illinois – Fort Sheridan, Illinois, was a U.S. Army post established in 1887 in Lake County. First called Camp Highwood, it was soon renamed for Civil War hero General Philip H. Sheridan, who died in 1888.
May Newsletter – A tribute to lost souls, gift from France, an unlucky lawman, strange things afoot near Roswell, and much more in this month’s newsletter.
Louisiana Civil War Battles – A look at the battles and military operations during the Civil War that involved Louisiana.
Eudora – (From our Legends of Kansas website) Eudora got its start when a German company from Illinois bought 800 acres from the Shawnee Tribe.
Francis Branch – Francis Ziba Branch was a sailor, trapper, and trader who worked across the United States.
Damar – (From our Legends of Kansas website) Damar was established along the Union Pacific Railroad in 1888 by a community of French Canadians. Some had emigrated from Canada as early as 1871, settling on farms along the Rooks County-Graham County line in northwest Kansas.
Old Iron Town, Utah – Iron City, Utah was once a busy mining town in the 1870s producing iron for Mormon settlers, railroads, and more near Cedar City. Today it is part of the Frontier Homestead State Park.
Kackley – (From our Legends of Kansas website) Today, Kackley still maintains a couple of grain silos and its railroad tracks, but its businesses are gone.
Joseph Goff Gale – Joseph Goff Gale was a trapper, trader, pioneer, and politician.
Pipe Spring National Monument – Pipe Spring National Monument has a long history of bringing peoples to its life-giving waters along the Arizona Strip.
Manhattan, Kansas – (From our Legends of Kansas website) In March 1855, a group of abolitionists of the New England Emigrant Aid Company traveled to Kansas Territory to found a Free-State town, first called Boston.
April Newsletter – Our 5,300-mile adventure, The shot heard round the world, Oklahoma Land Rush, and much more in this month’s newsletter.
Trading Post, Kansas – (From our Legends of Kansas website) Trading Post, Kansas, the first permanent white settlement in Linn County and one of the first in the state, is situated on the Marais des Cygnes River. Though filled with history, the community is a ghost town today.
The Rise & Fall of Lowell, Arizona – Lowell, Arizona a small neighborhood Bisbee features a restored mid-century street that is a photographer’s dream.
Aztec Ruins National Monument – Aztec Ruins National Monument, located in San Juan County, New Mexico, contains the remains of prehistoric Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) structures.
The Charleston Tea Parties – (by Jordan Baker) Boston was not the first to oppose the importation of highly taxed tea. Charleston, South Carolina was the first colonial port to oppose Britain’s tea tax.
Helen J. Stewart: First Lady Of Las Vegas – (From author Anthony Dee Varrone) Helen Stewart played a key role in the development of Las Vegas, Nevada, and is dubbed the First Lady of Vegas for her lasting contributions.
Ocate, New Mexico – Ocate, New Mexico is an unincorporated community and near ghost town in Mora County located on the Santa Fe Trail.
Clifton House, New Mexico– The Clifton House, an important overnight stage stop on the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail, was located on the Canadian River about six miles south of Raton, New Mexico.
Tiptonville, New Mexico – Extinct on the Santa Fe Trail– Tiptonville, New Mexico, located just northwest of Watrous, was once an independent town that serviced travelers and traders along the Santa Fe Trail.
Ghosts of Lake Mead – Lake Mead National Recreation Area provides numerous recreation areas, but water levels are creating “ghosts” in lost cities, places, people, & buildings.
Extraterrestrial Highway & Area 51– Stretching between Crystal Springs and at Warm Springs, Nevada for about 98 miles, the Extraterrestrial Highway, officially known as State Route 375, closely parallels the northern edges of the Nellis Air Force Range, commonly known as Area 51.
Pioche, Nevada – Wildest Town in the Silver State – Once one of the wildest towns in the American West, Pioche, Nevada is the county seat of Lincoln County.
Feb/March Newsletter – Our winter trip so far, banking and staging in the old west, westbound from Westport, and much more in this month’s special travel edition of our newsletter.
Abram B. Burnett – Potawatomie Chief – (From our Legends Of Kansas website) Abram B. Burnett was an Indian chief of the Potawatomie tribe, for whom Burnett’s Mound in southern Topeka, Kansas is named.
Charles Jennison – Anti-Slavery Jayhawker – (From our Legends Of Kansas website) Charles Ransford Jennison was a physician, soldier, and anti-slavery Jayhawker who fought to make Kansas a Free State during the Bleeding Kansas War and as a Redleg during the Civil War.
Westport, Missouri – Though Westport, Missouri is a neighborhood of Kansas City today, it was once an independent thriving town, from which the California, Oregon, and Santa Fe Trails began and was the site of one of Missouri’s largest Civil War battles.
El Morro National Monument, New Mexico – The monument displays over 2,000 carvings at the base of a sandstone bluff that records the presence of ancient peoples and later travelers who transformed El Morro into a well-preserved historical document.
The First Hawaiians – The Hawaiian Islands were first settled as early as 400 C.E., when Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands, 2000 miles away, traveled to Hawaii’s Big Island in canoes.
Chinookan People – The Chinook Indian Nation continues to engage in a continuing effort to secure formal recognition, conducting research and developing documentation to demonstrate its history.
Kalapuya Family – The Kalapuya Family of Native Americans is a group of tribes that occupied the Willamette River Valley in Oregon that spoke closely related language.
Awatovi Ruins, Arizona – The Awatovi Ruins in northeastern Arizona are an archaeological site on the Hopi Indian Reservation. The site contains the ruins of a pueblo estimated to be 500 years old and those of a 17th-century Spanish mission.
Zinc Barnes – Rich in Ingenuity – (By William Daugherty, 1891) Zinc Barnes was liberal with his bookkeeping but rich in ingenuity.
Pioneer Justice in Nevada – (By William Daugherty, 1891) A Justice of the Peace dispenses justice in Nye County, Nevada.
Snow Bound, Alone, and Surrounded by Wild Varmints – (By William Daugherty, 1891) A prospector is snowbound in Nevada without a gun and is surrounded by wild animals.
Alva Gould – Discoverer of the Famous Gould and Curry Mine – (By William Daugherty, 1891) Alva Gould discovered silver on the ground of the celebrated Gould & Curry Mine on January 6, 1859.
Celebrating the Fourth in Past Boom Towns – (By William Daugherty, 1891) Among the new of the old States, Nevada seems young, yet many pioneers have celebrated for a quarter of a century or more within her borders.
Developing Panamint, California – (By William Daugherty, 1891) The government explorations in Death Valley and the Panamint Range of mountains bordering it on the west, bring to mind the exploits of one of the boldest adventurers among the early mining operators of the Great Basin.
Honest Miner To a Poker-Playing Politician – (By William Daugherty, 1891) The boys called him “Sugar Foot” and evidently had some good reasons for selecting that name to designate him when speaking in their own circle.
Making Footprints in the Reese River Valley, Nevada – (By William Daugherty, 1891) Few, outside of Lander’s boundaries, can recollect it, and yet, it was a mining town of some pretensions then, and a rival to Austin for the honor of becoming the capital of the Territory.
Placing a Mine in Nevada – (By William Daugherty, 1891) The prospectus of a proposed mining company that was to be “placed” on the eastern market is remarkable in its methods.
Old Tom – A Typical Mining Camp Character – (By William Daugherty, 1891) “Old Tom” was a character that lived in Eastern Nevada. He had drifted from one camp to another and located finally on the line of the Overland Railroad. It doesn’t matter where, for every camp has a character of a similar kind.
Thunder Mountain Monument, Nevada – Constructed over four decades beginning in 1967, a man named Frank Van Zant, built the folk art “sculpture” of concrete and junk as a tribute to the Native American plight.
Stokes Castle in Austin, Nevada – A reminder of the heydays of Austin’s past history, Stokes Castle stands as a sentinel on the north end of Reese River Valley.
The Fatal Flight of United Airlines 629 – In November of 1955, Jack Gilbert Graham blew up a plane over Colorado just to collect life insurance on his mother who was on the flight.
Old West Saloon Descriptions – Descriptions and history of several well known Old West Saloons accompanied by images from the past and present.
The Sultana Mine, Nevada – In the early 1860s, the mining excitement in Nevada drew largely upon California, and some headed to the Sultana Mine. (1891 historic text)
White Headed Bill – A Stalwart Miner – The story of Tenny and his interactions with White Headed Bill, a miner who becomes a lawyer and senator. (1891 historic text)
January Newsletter – Happy New Year! Tough law in Indian Territory, One Foot in the Stirrup and One on the Throttle, some Illinois Route 66, and much more in this month’s newsletter.
Lees Ferry, Arizona – A historic site located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, it is named for Mormon Leader John D. Lee, who set up ferry service for Mormon settlers heading south to Arizona.
Apache Wars of the Southwest – Though not always well known, this series of battles is the longest war in U.S. history.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado – The Monument contains the highest known archaeological site density in the United States, with rich, well-preserved evidence of native cultures that have been part of this landscape for at least 10,000 years.
November Newsletter – America’s Native Heritage, The Big Easy, Dallas tames El Paso, and much more in this month’s Newsletter.
Who Built California’s East Bay Walls? – The East Bay Walls, also known as the Berkeley Mystery Walls, are crude walls and rock lines found throughout the hills surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
Constitutional Conventions of Kansas – There were five Constitutional Conventions in Kansas as the territory struggled to enter the Union as a Free State.
Delphine LaLaurie and Her Haunted Mansion in New Orleans – The LaLaurie Mansion at 1140 Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana is said to be one of the most haunted places in what is called the most haunted city in the United States.
Haunted Pharmacy Museum in New Orleans – The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is not only a great attraction, it was the first apothecary shop in the United States, was established by the first licensed pharmacist in the country, and it is also said to be haunted due to the atrocities that took place in this building.
New Orleans, Louisiana – The Big Easy – This unique city, with its colonial French and Spanish character, is known for its annual Mardi Gras festival, jazz music, and flavorful Creole cuisine, not to mention it’s incredibly rich history.
Haunted Seven Sisters Road, Nebraska – According to local legend, seven women were murdered here in the 1900s, and their spirits still linger.
Boston, Massachusetts – The Revolution Begins – Here, visitors can explore historic neighborhoods that were home to early American patriots, wander the red-bricked “Freedom Trail”, and see Boston’s National Historic Park.
Missouria Indian Tribe – The Missouria or Missouri Indians, a Siouan tribe, lived in and gave their name to the state of Missouri. Their name means “one who has dugout canoes” in the Illinois language. In their own language, the Missouri called themselves Niúachi.
Menominee Tribe – Tradition says that the Menominee were driven into Wisconsin, from the neighborhood of Michilimackinac Indians around Mackinac Island in Michigan. However, when they were first known to white men they were already in Wisconsin and remained there until 1854.
New Mexico’s Big Bird in Las Cruces – This large bird, touted as the world’s largest roadrunner, has a belly created with old shoes, with other parts of its body sporting everything from office fans, to computer parts, to children’s toys.
Ellis, Kansas – (From our Legends Of Kansas website) – Ellis, Kansas, a small town in west central Ellis County got its start as a water station along the tracks of the Kansas Pacific Railroad in 1867.
Spearville, Kansas – (From our Legends Of Kansas website) The town was first called Speareville, for Alden H. Speare, a railroad director and president of the town company. However, the town name was consistently misspelled “Spearville,” and finally the “e” was eliminated altogether.
Kingsdown, Kansas – (From our Legends Of Kansas website) Established as a station on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, Kingsdown, Kansas is a small unincorporated semi-ghost town in southeast Ford County.
Bloom, Kansas – (From our Legends Of Kansas website) In the 1910s, it was described as a “prosperous town that was one of the biggest wheat shipping stations on the Rock Island, west of Hutchinson. Today Bloom is a ghost town.
Claflin, Kansas – (From our Legends Of Kansas website) – Claflin, located in northeast Barton County, got its start when the Missouri Pacific Railroad made plans to come through the area and has held tight to its small-town roots.
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