What’s New

Dyea, Alaska – Ghost Town of the Klondike Gold Rush – Dyea, Alaska was a frenzied boomtown during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898, but today it is a complete ghost town.

Skagway, Alaska – Jumping Off to the Klondike – Once having a population of nearly 10,000 people, Skagway, Alaska grew to prominence during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897.

Klondike Gold Rush, Alaska – The Klondike Gold Rush ushered in an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada between 1896 and 1899.

Kennecott Mill Town, Alaska by Jet Lowe, 1982

Kennecott Mine and Mill Town, Alaska – The Kennecott Mines and mill town are an abandoned copper mine operation and ghost town in Alaska that together, form a National Historic Landmark District.

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.

North Carolina in the Civil War – After the Civil War began, North Carolina joined the Confederacy with some reluctance on May 20, 1861. It was the second-to-last state to leave the Union.

The Civil War in West Virginia – After the Civil War began in 1861, the state of Virginia split in its loyalties and eventually split into two states – Virginia & West Virginia.

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.

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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