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

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.

The Beast of Bray Road – Labeled as a werewolf by some witnesses, this creature was allegedly seen near Elkhorn, Wisconsin is described as bear-like, as a hairy biped resembling Bigfoot, and an intelligent wolf-like creature which walk on its hind legs.

Reed Gold Mine – The Reed Gold Mine in Cabarrus County, North Carolina is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States.

Smallest church in Onieda, New York

New York Fun Facts & Trivia – Fun facts and trivia about New York State.

Cades Cove Scenic Loop (by Ann Johnson) – “An 11 mile journey through the Great Smoky Mountains includes hiking, bike trails, horseback riding and plenty of history.

Fort Mackinac, Michigan by Detroit Publishing, 1899

Mackinac Island, Michigan – Advancing the Frontier – Mackinac Island is of outstanding significance in the history of the old Northwest and the advance of the frontier.

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin – Fur Trading Mecca– Located on a broad terrace overlooking the Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien was a crossroads of the fur trade in the old Northwest.

Bloody Island, California

Bloody Island, California

Bloody Island Massacre, California – Bloody Island derives its name from the Clear Lake Massacre of 1850 in which 60 of the 400 Indians who had taken refuge there were killed in a miscarriage of justice.

Diminishing the Indians in California – From 1850 to the 1870s laws and treaties were passed to diminish the rights and lands of the Native Americans in California.

California Indian Battles – Battles and Massacres of the Indian Wars in California.

Dighton Rock and its Puzzling Petroglyphs, Massachusetts – Known for its puzzling petroglyphs, Dighton Rock is one of the greatest mysteries of Massachusetts.

Bighorn Medicine Wheel courtesy Wikipedia

Bighorn Medicine Wheel in Lovell, Wyoming – Lying at an altitude of 9462 feet near the summit of Medicine Mountain in the Bighorn National Forest of north-central Wyoming is the Bighorn Medicine Wheel.

Newsletter – December 2017 –  Featured articles and a trip down memory lane in Cripple Creek, plus Holiday Specials in our latest newsletter.

Confederate Gold in Wilkes County Georgia – The most famous Civil War treasure story is that of hundreds of thousands of dollars of the Confederate treasury that went missing in Georgia.

John S. Mosby

John S. Mosby

Confederate Ranger John S. Mosby’s Hidden Treasure – In the woods of Fairfax County, Virginia a large treasure is said to be hidden. It would be worth more than six million dollars today.

America’s Mystery Lights –  by Rhetta Akamatsu – Across the country, there are a number of ghost lights, spook lights or mystery lights that occur.  Not all can be explained away.

Newsletter – November 2017 – The latest from our world, history of Thanksgiving and big discounts at Legends’ General Store and Photo Print Shop in time for the holidays.

Blythe Intaglios – Nazca Lines in California – Intaglios, also called geoglyphs, are gigantic human or animal figures drawn on the ground’s surface. While the most famous geoglyphs in the world are the Nazca Lines in Peru, there are over 200 intaglios in the Colorado Desert of the American Southwest. They are the only known desert intaglios in North America.

Snallygaster

The Snallygaster – Winged Creature of the Northeast –  From our creature legends: For centuries, a large winged beast known as the Snallygaster is said to have terrified the people of Frederick County, Maryland. The Snallygaster has one widely known enemy, called Dwayyo.

Dwayyo (Dewayo) – The Maryland Wolfman – From our creature legends: In the woods of Maryland is said to hide a wolf-like creature known as Dwayyo or Dewayo. According to legend, Dwayyo is the mortal enemy of the Snallygaster, another area cryptid that is described as a flying, blood-sucking reptile that has been sighted in the Maryland Blue Ridge Mountains.

Newsletter – Spooktacular Special Edition –  Dave relates a typical morning at Fort Alexander, complete with the creek monster..a special focus on some scary stuff from the Old West and more!

Winchester House Exterior

Winchester Mystery House – From our 2009 visit to California, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose was the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, who hired laborers to work 24/7 for 38 years to constantly renovate the mansion in an effort to ward off spirits.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia opened its doors to patients in 1864. Today the building is said to be extremely haunted.

Alfred G. Packer – Prospector and guide in the Rocky Mountains during the 1870s, Alfred Packer confessed to cannibalism during the winter of 1874.

The Journey of Sedona Schnebly

The Journal of Sedona Schnebly(by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger) Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly followed her husband west when their small Missouri town condemned his Presbyterian religion. Arriving in Arizona Territory in 1901, they planted orchards and hosted early tourists in what is now named Sedona.

H.H. Holmes and the Murder Castle of Chicago – Known by the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or more commonly, H. H. Holmes, he was a prolific serial killer who operated in the late 19th century.

October 2017 Newsletter – The latest from our world, featured articles, along with specials from our General Store and Photo Print Shop.

Ellis Island Aerial

Ellis Island Aerial

Ellis Island – Welcoming the Immigrants – From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was America’s largest and most active immigration station, where over 12 million immigrants were processed.

Moses Embree “California Joe” Milner – Scouting the West – Moses Embree Milner, aka: California Joe was a mountain man, miner, and army scout who lived a life of adventure in the American West.

Bronco Sue Yonkers – Wild Woman of the West – Bronco Sue Yonkers was a Welsh girl who turned the heads of men and could shoot as well as any of them, who left a trail of unlucky men in her wake.

John Peter Gabriel

John Peter Gabriel

John Peter Gabriel – Lawman & Gunfighter – A prominent lawman in Pinal County, Arizona in the 1880s, Peter Gabriel barely survived and gunfight with Joe Phy in Florence, Arizona.

St. Augustine National Cemetery – Dade Massacre – (By Author Ann Johnson) Historic Saint Augustine, Florida is the home of the Saint Augustine National Cemetery. Among those buried were casualties of the Seminole Indian Wars.

Boot-Hills and Their Stories  (by Frederick Ritchie Bechdolt in 1922) – Back in the wild old days you found a boot-hill on town’s outskirts,one where the cattle trail came down to the ford, and one was at the summit of the pass.

Oliver Milton Lee – New Mexico Rancher and Gunman – Oliver Milton Lee was a rancher, law officer, probable outlaw, state legislator, and businessman who was suspected of the Fountain murders in New Mexico.

Simon Kenton

Simon Kenton

Simon Kenton – Frontiersman and Soldier – A legendary frontiersman and soldier, Kenton saved Daniel Boone’s life, acted as a scout, participated in Indian Wars and the War of 1812.

Luke Short’s Last Gunfight – On December 23, 1890, Luke Short and Charles Wright were involved in a gunfight at the Bank Saloon in Fort Worth, Texas.  Although he would survive, it would be Short’s last gunfight.

August/September Newsletter – Latest from our world.

Landmarks Along the Oregon Trail – As hopeful travelers set out on their journey across the overland trails, they saw landmarks which lived in their memories for the rest of their lives.

Soda Springs – Curiosity on the Oregon Trail – Located along a shortcut in the Oregon-California Trail off of the main route to Fort Hall, Idaho was Soda Springs

Alcove Spring, Kansas (On the Oregon Trail) A favorite campsite near the Independence Crossing in Marshal County, Kansas, Alcove Spring originates in a rock formation falling into a pool below.

Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness

“Hell’s Belle” Gunness – Black Widow of the Midwest – “Hell’s Belle” Gunness, one of America’s most degenerate female serial killers in history, likely killed both her husbands and all of her children.

John R. Brinkley – Goat Gland Doctor – From 1917 through the 1930s, John Brinkley made millions of dollars by implanting goat testicles in men to restore their virility. He also dabbled in radio.

Oriental Saloon Gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona – A gunfight in front of the Oriental Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona, this event took place between Luke Short and Charlie Storms in 1881.

Photo Blog – Texas Panhandle  – Our latest journey took us back to the Texas Panhandle. Along the way we venture once again to parts of Route 66, and pay a visit to the oldest town in the Panhandle, as well as the magnificent Palo Duro Canyon.

Tom Quick – Avenger or Psychopath?From Author Hal Taylor – Many stories have been written about Tom Quick, but there is not enough documented evidence to separate truth from fiction. Regardless, he was a murderer.

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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