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Chief Powhatan – Wahunsunacawh – Chief Powhatan, known as Wahunsunacawh to his tribe, was the chief ruler of the Powhatan Confederacy.

Cherokee Chief Bowl

Chief Bowl – Cherokee Leader in Texas – Known to his tribe as Diwal’li, Chief Bowl would work to secure land in Texas before being struck down at the battle of Neches.

Crystal City, North Dakota Ghost Town – Located along I-94 about 7.5 miles east of Tappen is the once thriving town of Crystal Springs, North Dakota, which is now a ghost town.

Arena, North Dakota Main Street, by Kathy Weiser

Arena, North Dakota Ghost Town – A complete ghost town today, with no residents, Arena North Dakota is located in Burleigh County, about 35 miles northeast of Bismarck.

Francois Xavier Aubry – Skimmer of the Plains – Francois Xavier Aubry was a French Canadian merchant, wagon train captain, and explorer of the American Southwest.

Aubry Cut-off of the Santa Fe Trail – Francois Xavier Aubry was constantly searched along the Santa Fe Trail when he blazed the Aubry Cutoff

The White Massacre on the Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico -The White Massacre occurred in northeastern New Mexico in October 1849 when the Jicarilla Apache attacked a wagon train near the Point of Rocks, New Mexico.

The Battle of Taos in 1847, during the Mexican-American War, depicting the death of Captain John H.K. Burgwin during the siege of the Taos pueblo.

Taos, New Mexico Revolt – The Taos Revolt was an insurrection in January 1847 by Hispano and Puebloan allies against the United States’ occupation of present-day northern New Mexico.

The Tiguex War of New Mexico – “During Coronado’s Expedition he and his men invaded the villages of the Tiguex people living along the Rio Grande River.

The Mythical Seven Cities of Cíbola – Tales of unimaginable riches in the land north of Mexico fired the Spanish imagination ever since the Spanish arrival in the “New World”.

Francisco Vazquez de Coronado – Exploring the Southwest – Francisco Vazquez de Coronado led the Coronado Expedition from Mexico throughout the southwest up into Kansas.

Turley’s Mill at Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico – Turley’s Mill, a favorite stop for trappers and traders traveling along the Taos Trail, was established by Simeon Turley in about 1830.

Fort Union, New Mexico and the Mescalero Apache – After bolting from the Fort Sumner Reservation in 1865, the Mescalero Apache hid themselves in the Guadalupe and Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico

Kiowa & Comanche Fight the Troops at Fort Union, New Mexico – For the first 30 years of the Santa Fe Trail Kiowa and Comanche bands who roamed the Plains made travel on the trail a perilous undertaking.

Battle of the Pecos River, New Mexico – After the Mescalero Apache were placed on the Bosque Redondo Reservation near Fort Sumner, New Mexico, they were constantly raided by the Navajo.

New Mexico Indian Battles  – Battles and Massacres of the Indian Wars in New Mexico.

Battle of Summit Springs, Colorado – The Battle of Summit Springs, on July 11, 1869, near Sterling, Colorado, broke for all time the power of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers on the central Plains. It would later be depicted in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show.

An etching that appeared in the December 6, 1879 edition of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper depicts the aftermath of the "Meeker Massacre." Meeker grave at lower left; W.H. Post grave at lower right

Meeker Massacre in Colorado – The Meeker Massacre was one of the most violent expressions of Indian resentment against the reservation system.

Battle of Milk Creek, Colorado – On September 29, 1879, the same day that the Meeker Massacre occurred, the Battle of Milk Creek was fought between Ute Indians and soldiers.

The Ute War in Colorado – After Fort Union, New Mexico soldiers route the Apache in 1854, they went after the Ute tribe.

Apache War in New Mexico – The Jicarilla Apache roamed over much of northern New Mexico and in 1854 violence broke out between them and the U.S. Army.

Alexander Barclay – British Trader on the Santa Fe Trail – Born in London, Alexander Barclay would become a trader in the American West and establish Barclay’s Fort along the Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico.

Zoar, Ohio Historic Village – The Village of Zoar, Ohio is a well-preserved early 19th-century communal village founded in 1817 by a group of German ‘Separatists’.

Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana today.

New Harmony, Indiana – Utopia in the Midwest – A historic town on the Wabash River in Posey County, Indiana, New Harmony was founded by the Harmony Society in 1814.

The Johnstown, Pennsylvania Flood of 1889 – The disastrous flooding Of Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1869, killing over 2,000, was due to the poor maintenance of the South Fork Dam.

General Winfield S. Hancock

Hancock’s War on the Plains – General Winfield Hancock left Fort Leavenworth, Kansas early in March 1867 upon a campaign designed to bring the Indians into submission.

Battle of Crooked Creek, Kansas – Brevet Major Earl Van Dorn, in command of the Second Cavalry, was chasing the Comanche Indians when the Battle of Crooked Creek, Kansas occurred.

Great Western Cattle Trail

The Great Western Cattle Trail – The Great Western Cattle Trail was used during the 19th century for movement of cattle and horses to markets in eastern and northern states.

Early Exploration and the Fur Trade in Colorado – From the Spanish, to fur traders, the Bureau of Land Management writes about the early exploration and trade in the Colorado.

The heart of the Rockies

Early Trails of Colorado – Across Colorado’s prairies and mountains, layers of asphalt cover many of the paths first cut by the region’s indigenous peoples centuries ago.

Bob Dozier – Killed at the hands of Bass Reeves – Robert ‘Bob’ Dozier was a farmer turned outlaw who committed multiple crimes in Oklahoma before he was tracked down by Bass Reeves.

Jay Em, Wyoming – Barely Holding On – Jay Em is a ghost town in Wyoming that got its start along a watering hole on the old Texas Trail in Goshen County.

Jim Moore – Notable Pony Express Rider & Rancher – James “Jim” Alexander Moore was one of the first Pony Express riders hired in the St. Joseph, Missouri division and later became an influential rancher.

Julesburg, Colorado today, courtesy Uncover Colorado

Julesburg, Colorado – Wicked in the West – The sleepy agricultural town of Julesburg, Colorado wasn't always quiet. In fact, at one time, it was referred to as “The Wickedest City in the West.”

Battle of Julesburg, Colorado – Following the massacre of Native Americans at Sand Creek, a number of Colorado and Kansas tribes began to intensify hostilities. Julesburg would be a target.

Cherokee Trail Map, courtesy Playground Trail

Cherokee Trail – An Alternate Route to the West – The Cherokee Trail was an overland trail through Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana that was used from the late 1840s up to the 1890s.

May Newsletter – A salute to the Great Migration, May 22, 1843, a Wyoming adventure, history of National Cemeteries and Memorial day, latest from our world and a sneak peak at Anniversary Specials.

Code Young – Cowboy Outlaw – Hailing from Texas, Code Young was working as a cowboy near Roswell, New Mexico before becoming a member of the High Fives Gang.

George West Musgrave

George West Musgrave – All-Around Bad Man – An outlaw member of the High Fives Gang, Musgrave, a cheerful and soft-spoken man, was a cattle rustler, robber, and killer.

Bob Hayes- Riding With the High Fives Gang – Bob Hayes, aka: Sam Hassell, John West was an outlaw, he began his criminal career as a horse thief before becoming a member of the High Fives Gang.

Black Jack Will Christian

Will “Black Jack” Christian – Leading the High Fives Gang – Will “Black Jack” Christian was the leader of a gang of robbers called the High Fives Gang, committing crimes in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Jules Beni – Corruption and Violence in Old Julesburg, Colorado – Jules Beni (sometimes referred to as Jules Reni) was a western outlaw who was the corrupt manager of the Central Overland, California & Pike’s Peak Express.

Oregon-California Trail Facts – Dozens of facts about the overland trails to the west coast.

Crime and Punishment on the Overland Trails – Given the extremes which tested overland trail emigrants to their limits, the evidence of crime among the travelers was low, but it did happen.

Trading with the Indians

Indians and Emigrants on the Overland Trails – Contrary to Hollywood depictions and popular myths that portray the natives in a negative light as savages, the historical record presents a different story.

Oregon-California Trail Timeline – For 25 years, as many as 500,000 people traveled the overland trails to Oregon, California, and Utah. Here’s a timeline that looks at events leading up to and through the migration.

Ephraim Brown – Murdered on the Oregon Trail – Missouri pioneer, Ephraim James Brown, is the only man who was murdered on the Oregon Trail whose grave remains with a known location.

Why a Trail to Oregon? – All explorers, nearly all pioneers, and certainly all the fur traders who headed to the American West belonged to a restless breed. Excerpted from The Oregon Trail; the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean, Federal Writers Project, 1939.

Hall Jackson Kelley – Promoting the Oregon Trail – Hall Jackson Kelley was writer and teacher from New England who was known for his strong advocacy for western settlement of the Oregon Country in the 1830s.

Oregon Trail pioneers pass through the sand hills, painting by William Henry Jackson

Disease and Death on the Overland Trails – Healthcare in the frontier was an imperfect science in the mid-19th century, and mortality rates were lamentably high.

Danger and Hardship on the Oregon Trail – Though much of written history looks at the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail as romantic, almost one in ten who embarked on the trail would not survive.

Historic Idaho City, Idaho

Idaho City, Idaho – Queen of the Boise Basin – Idaho City, Idaho was once bustling with miners living in the largest town between St. Louis and San Francisco.

Sumner Pinkham

Sumner Pinkham – Dead at the Hands of a Gunfighter – Sumner Pinkham, who was the first sheriff of Boise County, Idaho was killed by gunfighter Ferd Patterson in 1865.

Ferd Patterson – Living and Dying by the Gun  Ferdinand “Ferd” J. Patterson was a “dandy” gambler, gunfighter, and outright killer who made the rounds of California, Idaho, and Oregon, and Washington.

Sailor’s Diggings & the Triskitt Gang’s Lost Loot – The bustling miners camp of Sailors’ Diggings, Oregon was visited by the murderous Triskett Gang, who were said to have left behind their stolen loot. Today there’s nothing left of the town that was once the county seat.

Wagon Train Attack

Utter-Van Ornum Massacre – In 1860 one of the worst massacres along the Oregon Trail took place in Idaho involving a wagon train of 44 people who would be attacked by Indians.

Sager Orphans on the Oregon Trail – The Sager family traveled the Oregon Trail in 1844. The children were orphaned and would suffer more tragedy before their ordeal was complete.

April Newsletter – The latest from our world includes a hat tip to our Texas friend, some campfire goodies, popular stories of the last month on our social media and much more.

Mormon Handcart Pioneers

Mormon Handcart Pioneers

Mormon Handcart Tragedy of 1856 – The Mormon handcart pioneers were participants in the migration of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1856, over 200 would perish on their journey.

Henry Hudson – An English explorer, Hudson is best known for his explorations of present-day Canada and parts of the northeastern United States.

March Newsletter – We’re back on TV… well, any streaming device really.. and Arizona Ghostriders has some fun with words using Legends of America. That and Women’s History Month in the latest from our world.

Massacre in Michigan – The Bath School Disaster – Still the deadliest attack on a U.S. School, the Bath School Disaster resulted in the deaths of 44, mainly children, in a small Michigan village in 1927.

February Newsletter – Our latest newsletter includes a salute to Black History Month, a cool ghost town in New Mexico, Presidential Trivia and more!

Wyatt Earp

Tales of the Shotgun-Messenger Service – What was once lost is new again! Kathy added this great story written by Wyatt Earp years ago, but apparently it was never linked to from other pages, and probably never viewed. So it’s new right? Wyatt tells of the Wells Fargo Shotgun-Messenger Service in this piece he wrote in 1896.

January Newsletter – The latest from our world, featured stories and more.

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3 thoughts on “What’s New”

  1. Yes it quite interesting and informative always had an interest in history I will visit this site more often and tell my friends Robert Jose pH Leonard

  2. Interesting and crazy people then just as s there is now Robert Joseph Leonard distant relative of the Great Scott General Winfield Scott first American General to conquer Mexico another Nation

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