What’s New

The Gadsden Purchase – The Gadsden Purchase was an agreement between the United States and Mexico, after the Mexican-American War establishing the southern border of the U.S.

Cumberland Island Dunes by the National Park Service

Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia – Cumberland Island, Georgia is the largest of the Sea Islands of the southeastern United States and is a National Seashore today.

Tohono O’odham Tribe of Arizona – The Tohono O’odham people, also referred to as the Papago, are a Native American tribe who primarily live in Arizona and the Mexican state of Sonora.

Fort Kent, Maine & the Aroostook War – Fort Kent, Maine was built during the bloodless Aroostook War of 1838-1839 that was a border dispute between Great Britain and the United States.

San Xavier del Bac Mission, Arizona – A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission in Arizona was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692.

Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate, Arizona – Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate, Arizona was a short-lived Spanish military post built along the San Pedro River west of present-day Tombstone, Arizona.

Presidio of Tucson, Arizona – The site of Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, Arizona was selected on August 20, 1775, by Irish mercenary, Hugh O’Conor, and Franciscan friar Francisco Tomas.

Fort Huachuca, Arizona – A product of the Indian Wars of the 1870s and 1880s, Fort Huachuca, Arizona was established in March 1877, at the base of the Huachuca Mountains.

State Street in Chicago, Illinois, by Underwood & Underwood, 1903

American Life in the Late 19th Century – In the decades following the Civil War, the United States emerged as an industrial giant and the lives of both city dwellers and urban residents changed.

The New Nation, 1783-1815 – After the American Revolution, Americans began to experiment with new forms of self-government.

British Reforms and Colonial Resistance – After the French & Indian War, the British began to tax the American colonists, who rebelled.

Establishing the Georgia Colony – In the 1730s, England founded the last of its colonies in North America — Georgia, established by James Oglethorpe.

Virginia’s Early Relations With Native Americans – The Indians living in the area where Jamestown, Virginia was settled were alternately friendly and hostile.

The Great Wagon Road of the East – The Great Wagon Road, also called the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road, was the primary route for the early settlement of the Southern United States.

Barbour's Flax Thread Works. Patterson, New Jersey

The Industrial Revolution in America – The Industrial Revolution would transform America into a powerhouse of manufacturing and opportunity, and transformed the lives of Americans.

Immigration – Challenges For New Americans – The United States has been shaped by people from many nations, as thousands of immigrants made their way to America. Not all were welcome.

Confederate Guerillas

Cullen Montgomery Baker – A Very Bad Man – Cullen Montgomery Baker was a mean, cold-blooded, and ruthless killer who left a long trail of bodies across the American Frontier.

Richard “Dick” Broadwell – Richard ‘Dick’ Broadwell, also known as Texas Jack, was a member of the Dalton Gang who was killed in Coffeyville, Kansas on October 5, 1892.

Jim Anderson – James ‘Jim’ Anderson was a brother to William ‘Bloody Bill’ Anderson, the famous Missouri Bushwhacker and Confederate guerilla in the Civil War.

Wolcott's Regulators

Wolcott’s Regulators of Wyoming – One of the most feared bands of gunfighters and outlaws in Wyoming were Wolcott’s Regulators, who preyed on homesteaders in 1892 leaving dead bodies behind.

Silva’s White Caps – A Vicious Outlaw Gang of New Mexico – Silva’s White Caps, also called La Sociedad de Bandidos and Forty Bandits were a mafia-like group that operated in Las Vegas, New Mexico from 1879 to 1893.

Seven Rivers Warriors of New Mexico – The Seven Rivers Warriors were made up mostly of small-time ranchers from the Seven Rivers area of Lincoln County, New Mexico that operated in the 1870s.

The James Gang of Missouri – The James Gang was an outlaw band led by Jesse James who robbed stagecoaches, stores, and trains throughout the Midwest from 1879 to 1882, after the demise of the James-Younger gang.

Marion Hedgepeth, 1892

Marion Hedgepeth – A Dapper Outlaw – Marion Hedgepeth, also known as the ‘Handsome Bandit,’ was a dapper dressing outlaw train robber, hired gun, and killer in the American West. He would also play a key role in bringing down notorious serial killer H.H. Holmes.

Dr. Thomas J. Hodges – California Outlaw – Thomas J. Hodges, who was also known as Tom Bell, and the ‘Outlaw Doc’ was a physician, stagecoach robber, and leader of an outlaw gang in California.

Etta Place – Hanging With the Sundance Kid – Etta Place was involved with the Sundance Kid and was a “member” of the Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch.

Sarah A. Bowman – Camp Follower of the American West – Sarah A. Bowman, who earned the moniker the “Great Western,” was a Madame, cook, businesswoman, nurse, wife, and mother who made her way around the Old West.

The Alaska Triangle – Disappearing Into Thin Air – The Alaska Triangle, sometimes called Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle, is a place in the untouched wilderness where mystery lingers and people go missing.

Women of the Klondike Goldrush

Women of the Klondike Gold Rush – Courageous women from all walks of life joined the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898. They were laborers, wives, entrepreneurs, and gold miners.

Kate Carmack – Discovering Gold in the Klondike – The first woman of the Klondike Gold Rush was Shaaw Tláa, also known as Kate Carmack. She was one of the original discoverers of the gold.

Harriet “Ma” Pullen – Entrepreneur of Skagway, Alaska – Harriet ‘Ma’ Pullen was a wife, mother, entrepreneur, horse team driver, and hotelier that made her way to Skagway, Alaska in 1897 during the gold rush.

Shady Ladies of the Klondike – Courageous women from all walks of life joined the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1998, but, many of these women in Skagway, Alaska were prostitutes.

Dyea, Alaska Winter Beach Camp

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.

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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