What’s New

Here’s more on the latest additions to our website:

Top 7 Tips for Taking and Editing Photos of Historical Sites – by Anna Hicks – Here are some tips for getting the best photos while exploring America’s historic places.

Harpers Ferry from Maryland Heights

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia – Harpers Ferry is a historic town located in the lower Shenandoah Valley of Jefferson County, West Virginia. It is a National Park today.

John Brown’s Fort, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia – The structure now called John Brown’s Fort in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia was built in 1848 as a fire engine and guard house for the U.S. Armory.

November Newsletter – Native American Heritage Month, Veterans Day, Specials and more in this month edition of our newsletter.

Fort Kissimmee, Florida Cemetery

Fort Kissimmee, Florida – Ghost Town & Military Post – Fort Kissimmee was both a military post and a settlement in Highlands County, Florida. Both are gone today.

Teihiihan – The Little Cannibals of the Plains – Dreaded figures in the lore of the Plains Indians were the Teihiihan who were cannibal dwarves that were incredibly strong, aggressive, and bloodthirsty

A Giant in Wheeling, West Virginia

Giants in West Virginia – In many of the ancient burial mounds of West Virginia, a number of “giants” have been found, as well as other places in the state.

Duhare – Irish “Indians” in South Carolina? – Living near the Chicora people in South Carolina and Georgia, was the Duhare tribe who were predecessors of the Creek Indian tribe.

The Adena Culture of the Northeast – From the years of about 1000 B.C. to about 1 A.D. the Adena people were a group of well-organized societies that lived in the northeast United States.

Specter Moose of Maine – In 1891, an extremely large white moose was first seen in Maine by a hunting guide who was working around Lobster Lake. Numerous reports would follow.

October Newsletter – Fall is in the air as we get into the ‘spirit’ of the season.

Changing Skinwalker

Navajo Skinwalkers – Witches of the Southwest – In the Navajo culture, a skinwalker is a type of harmful witch who has the ability to turn into, possess, or disguise themselves as an animal.

Skinwalker Ranch of Uintah County, Utah – Located in the Uintah Basin in northeast Utah, the Skinwalker Ranch, also known as Sherman Ranch and the UFO Ranch, is filled with myths and mysteries.

The Queen Mary: A Haunting Like No Other – Author Paula Bates explores the haunting, and only officially sanctioned paranormal investigation, of the famous Queen Mary Ocean Liner.

Famous Female Shooters of the Wild West – There were many famous women who staked their claim and helped write the history of the wild west. Here are just three of them. (Submitted by Concealment Express)

The Most Prolific Gunslingers of the Wild West – The names of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and Wild Bill Hickok were once revered like contemporary sports stars, but their business was oftentimes deadly (submitted by Concealment Express)

The Thunderbird of Native Americans – The Thunderbird is a widespread figure in Native American mythology that was a huge supernatural bird that protected humans from evil spirits.

The Bloody Feud of the Hatfields and McCoys – Having its roots in the Civil War, the feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families took place in the Appalachian Mountains along the West Virginia-Kentucky

Ezra Meeker and a converted Model A Ford which we planned to use for his 1928 trip before his death.

Ezra Meeker – Oregon Trail Pioneer – Ezra Meeker was a pioneer who first traveled the Oregon Trail by ox-drawn wagon as a young man in 1852. Fifty years later he would make the trip again to preserve its history.

Harper, Utah – Harper, Utah is a former stage station and ranching town located at the intersection of Argyle and Nine Mile Canyons. Today it is a ghost town.

Clear Creek, Utah Mining Camp – Clear Creek, Utah was founded in the 1870s as a logging camp but later became a coal mining camp.

Castillo San Marcos Outer Wall by Kathy Weiser

Castillo San Marcos Outer Wall by Kathy Weiser-Alexander

Florida Forts and Presidios – We’ve expanded to cover more of Florida’s numerous Forts and Presidios through history. These are only a handful of what we cover.

Fort Basinger, Florida – Ghost Town on the Kissimmee River – Fort Basinger was both an Army post and a town in Highlands County, Florida. Both are gone today, with the exception of a single historic homestead.

Relics of Ford Dade on Egmont Key, Florida – Fort Dade on Egmont Key in the mouth of Tampa Bay, Florida was established in 1898 during the Spanish American War.

Fort Foster, Florida – Fort Foster was a U.S. Army post established in present-day Hillsborough County, Florida in 1836 during the Second Seminole War.

Fort Gadsden, Florida – Built on Prospect Bluff, a prominent bank overlooking the Apalachicola River, this was the site of British Fort, Negro Fort, and Fort Gadsden.

Fort King, Florida – Fort King, Florida located in present-day Ocala, was an important military outpost during the removal of the Florida Indians.

Fort McRee, Florida – Fort McRee, Florida was one of three major installations constructed by the United States to strengthen defenses at Pensacola Bay following the War of 1812

These are just a handful of the articles added for Florida Forts. For a list with links to articles, see Florida Forts and Presidios

America’s Haunted Hospitals Will Make You Shiver – by Anna Hicks – While tales of haunted houses, hotels, and even schools throughout America are enough to make you shiver, it’s the tales of the haunted hospitals and asylums that are downright terrifying.

Cracker Cowboys of Florida – The chief tool of the Florida cowboy in the 18th century was a strong whip, and when he cracked it to herd the cattle along it sounded like a gunshot.

Shasta Chief Kimolly, late 1880s

The Shasta Indians – The Shasta Indians were a group of small tribes or divisions forming the Shastan linguistic family of northern California and southwestern Oregon.

The Sac and Fox Tribe – The historic Sac and Fox were once two separate tribes who were both Algonquian tribes whose earliest known location was on the Michigan peninsula.

Chinook Men by George Catlin

Salishan People of the Pacific Northwest – The Salishan people share a group of languages of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest, comprised of 23 different dialects spoken by various tribes.

Siouan Language Group of Native Americans – Siouan refers to a language group of Native American tribes. The Indians of the Siouan stock mostly occupied the central portion of the continent.

Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma – The Absentee are a division of the Shawnee tribe who are one of three federally recognized Shawnee tribes in Oklahoma.

Ottawa Indian Tribe – The Ottawa, also known as the Odawa, are Algonquian-speaking tribe who lived on the East Coast and migrated into Michigan, Ohio and southern Canada.

The Potawatomi Tribe – The Potawatomi are an Algonquian Native American people of the Great Plains, upper Mississippi River, and western Great Lakes region.

Lenape Encampment

Lenape-Delaware Tribe – The Lenape or Delaware tribe, also called the Lenni Lenape, are of the Algonquin family, and first lived New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Wyandot-Huron Tribe – The Wyandot or Huron are an Iroquoian-speaking people made up of a number of bands, living in Canada, Ohio, and Michigan.

The Dutch Colony of New Netherland – New Netherland was a 17th-century colony of the Dutch Republic that was located on the northeast coast of North America.

Iroquois Woman

The Powerful Iroquois Confederacy of the Northeast – The Iroquois or Haudenosaunee were a powerful northeast Native American confederacy who lived primarily in Ontario, Canada and upstate New York.

Catawba Tribe of South Carolina – The Catawba, also known as Issa, Essa or Iswa, have lived along the Catawba River for thousands of years, in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The Ho-Chunk or Winnebago of Wisconsin – The Ho-Chunk, also known as the Winnebago, are a Native American people whose historic territory included parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa & Illinois.

Illinois Indians

Illinois Tribe of the Mississippi River Valley – The Illinois Confederation, aka the Illiniwek or Illini, was a group of 12–13 Native American tribes who lived in the Mississippi River Valley.

Wabanaki Confederacy – The Wabanaki Confederacy consisted of several northeastern tribal nations including the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Abenaki, and Penobscot.

The Pennacook Tribe of New England – The Pennacook tribe were an Algonquian-speaking tribe that were closely related to the Abenaki. Their home was in New England.

Fort Western, Augusta, Maine by Carol Highsmith

Fort Western, Maine on the Kennebec River – Fort Western, located in Augusta, Maine is a former British colonial outpost that was built at the beginning of the French and Indian War in 1754.

Kennebec Tribe of Maine – The Kennebec Tribe, also known as Norridgewock and Kennebis, were an early Abenaki band who lived in the Kennebec Valley of Maine.

The Abenaki People – Fighting the English – The Abenaki ,an Algonquian-speaking people, were a linguistic and geographic grouping, rather than a single tribe. The lived in New England and Canada.

The Kaskaskia Tribe of Illinois – The Kaskaskia were a tribe of the Illiniwek Confederation and made their home was along the Illinois River near present-day Utica, Illinois.

Haunted Historic Sites in Savannah, Georgia You Must Visit –  Savannah has long been considered to be one of the most haunted in the U.S. Here are some historic places with a ghostly past. Contributor Anna Hicks explores.

Kennebunks, Maine Map by by Steve Hrehovik, courtesy Kennebunks Chamber of Commerce

The Kennebunks of Maine – History Along the Southern Coast – The Kennebunks, comprised of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel are located on the southern coast of Maine and are rich in history.

Durango, Colorado – Railroad Town of the Southwest – Durango, Colorado, located along the Million Dollar Highway, is the county seat La Plata County and the most populous town in southwest Colorado.

September Newsletter – The latest from our world, including more from our Colorado adventure, more Colorado, Native American Ceremonies, historic text, specials and more.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is powered up and ready to leave the Durango, Colorado, station. Photo by Carol Highsmith.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado – The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, in continuous operation since 1882, makes its way 45.4 miles from Durango to Silverton, Colorado.

The Silverton Railroad of the San Juan Mountains – The Silverton Railroad was a narrow gauge line from Silverton, Colorado that was built over Red Mountain Pass to the mining camps of Red Mountain.

Ironton, Colorado – Supplying the Mining District – Located at the north end of the Red Mountain Mining District, Ironton, Colorado was established as a supply and shipping point for the area.

Guston, Colorado & the Yankee Girl Mine – Guston, Colorado, a ghost town in the Red Mountain Mining District, grew with the discovery of the Yankee Girl Mine.

Guffey, Colorado – Quirky Mining Town – Guffey, in southern Park county Colorado, displays its historic charm in quirky detail to visitors looking for a scenic Rocky Mountain escape.

Ouray, Colorado – Switzerland of America – Situated in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, the historic mining town of Ouray still showcases many historic buildings with a rich history.

Million Dollar Highway, Colorado – Consistently voted as one of the top ten scenic highways in the United States, the 70-mile Million Dollar Highway twists and turns through the mountains, providing visitors with breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountain Range and the Uncompahgre Gorge

Red Mountain Mining District, Colorado – Little remains of the towns that once prospered in the district but, about 50 structures still stand in the area.

Red Mountain Town – Queen of the District – The ghost town of Red Mountain Town, Colorado is located in the Red Mountain Mining District, about halfway between Silverton and Ouray.

Chattanooga, Colorado – Silent Today – The ghost town of Chattanooga, Colorado was located in the Red Mountain Mining District about 7 miles northwest of Silverton, Colorado.

Earl of Dunraven

Earl Dunraven and the Estes Park Land Grab – Irish aristocrat Earl of Dunraven was much hated by Estes Park, Colorado residents as he wished to own and control all of the area.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park, in north-central Colorado, encompasses 415 square miles of spectacular scenery and is one of the most visited National Parks.

Skyline Drive, Canon City, Colorado by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Canon City, Colorado’s Skyline Drive – Skyline Drive in Canon City, Colorado is a scenic and thrilling 2.6-mile road that provides unparalleled views of the area.

Eureka, Colorado and the Sunnyside Mine – The ghost town of Eureka, Colorado is situated between Silverton and Animas Forks. Its longevity was primarily due to the success of the Sunnyside Mine.

Alpine Loop and side spurs

Alpine Loop and side spurs

Alpine Loop National Backcountry Byway, Colorado – Tucked away in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado is one of the true gems of our public lands — The Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway.

Animas Forks, Colorado – Favorite on the Alpine Loop – Animas Forks, Colorado is a ghost town located on the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway about 12 miles northeast of Silverton in San Juan County, Colorado.

Mineral Point, Colorado – The ghost town of Mineral Point, Colorado, located south of the summit of Engineer Pass in San Juan County was once the highest town in the county.

Capitol City, Colorado – Capitol City, a ghost town located along the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway, in Hinsdale County, once had aspirations of becoming the state capitol.

Henson, Colorado and the Ute-Ulay Mines – Henson, Colorado is a ghost town on the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway. The Ute-Ulay mining complex is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Lake City, Colorado

Lake City, Colorado – Lake City, Colorado is the Hinsdale County seat and got its start as a supply camp for the area mines in 1874. Today it is a National Historic District.

Lakeshore & the Golden Fleece Mine, Colorado – The Golden Fleece Mine was located about four miles south of Lake City, Colorado near Lake San Cristobal. Lakeshore was located at the north end of the lake

Carson, Colorado – Atop the Continental Divide – Sitting at an elevation of more than 12,000 feet near the top of the Continental Divide, Carson was one of the most inaccessible mining camps in Colorado.

Early day Sherman, Colorado

Sherman, Colorado – Situated along the Alpine Loop Back Country Byway in Hinsdale County, Colorado, the mining camp of Sherman sat an elevation of 9,560  feet.

Burrows Park, Colorado – Burrows Park, Colorado is located along the Hinsdale-San Juan county line. It gained its name for Charles Burrows who prospected the area in 1873.

American Basin, Colorado – Part of the Gunnison National Forest, American Basin is a high alpine basin at an elevation of 12,365 ft surrounded by vertical cliffs in southwest Colorado

Silverton Road to the Alpine Loop

Silverton, Colorado – Silverton, Colorado, a former silver mining camp, is nestled high in the San Juan Mountains. It is a popular tourist destination today.

Central City, Colorado Mines courtesy Denver Public Library

Early Mining and Transportation in Southwestern Colorado 1860-1881 – The history of early mining and transportation history in Southwestern Colorado up until the time of the removal of the Ute Indians from the area.

St. Louis, Rocky Mountain & Pacific Company – The St. Louis, Rocky Mountain, & Pacific Company began in New Mexico in 1905. The coal mining company became the largest coal producer in the state.

Reconstructed Reshaw Bridge today

Jean “John” Baptiste Richard – Jean ‘John’ Baptiste Richard, Sr. was a trapper, trader, interpreter, and entrepreneur, who managed several trading posts in the west and built bridges.

Fort Bernard, Wyoming – Fort Bernard, Wyoming was a small trading post located along the Oregon Trail about eight miles southeast of Fort John (which later became Fort Laramie).

Fort Lupton, Colorado – Fort Lupton, also called Fort Lancaster, was a trading post established in 1836 by Lancaster P. Lupton in Weld County, Colorado.

Wagon Mound Massacre, New Mexico – Occurring near Wagon Mound, New Mexico a group of ten men traveling with the Mail Express were attacked and killed in May, 1850.

Witch Hunts in Connecticut – While not as famous as the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of 1692, witch hunts in Connecticut began decades earlier in 1647 and lasted until 1697.

June Newsletter – Legends of America turns 15 years old. We take a look back at some of our earliest articles from 2003, along with 15th Anniversary specials.

To see what else you might have missed, check out our archive of newsletters here

4 thoughts on “What’s New”

  1. I am trying to find out more about the stage lines in Arizona (specifically linking from Phoenix to Flagstaff, Prescott, and those mining towns west (Bumble Bee, Jerome, etc.) I’m writing about the reason folks originally ‘camped’ there and why folks still live there. These sites were stage stops… and some are either ghost towns or simply gone.

    The more ‘famous’ stage lines are well known (Butterfield) but I’m only interested in the above for now.

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