What’s New

May Newsletter – Ghost towns, flavors of the Mother Road, gunfighter legend Charles Askins, Memorial Day and more in this months newsletter.

Pumpville, Texas – Railroad Ghost Town – Pumpville, Texas is a ghost town located between Langtry and Dryden in Val Verde County.

Alcala, Texas Buildings by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Acala, Texas – Desert Ghost Town – Acala, Texas is a ghost town located in the lower El Paso Valley of the Rio Grande in Hudspeth County.

Roosevelt, Texas – Hill Country Ghost Town – Roosevelt, Texas, a ghost town in Kimble County, was established in 1898 and named for Theodore Roosevelt.

Charles Askins – Gunfighter Legend – Charles Askins was an American lawman, U.S. Army officer, and writer known for his skills as a gunman and work in the American Border Patrol. (Article submitted by Concealment Express)

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas – Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in Hutchinson County, Texas lies within windswept high plains of the Candian River region of the Texas Panhandle.

Our Lady of Loreto Chapel at the Presidio de la Bahi­a. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Spanish Missions in Texas – The Spanish Missions in Texas are religious outposts established by Spanish priests and colonial authorities to spread the Catholic doctrine among Natives.

Presidio de San Saba, Menard, Texas – The Presidio of San Saba, located one mile west of Menard, Texas, was founded in April 1757 to convert the Lipan Apache Indians to Christianity.

An old homestead in Toyah, Texas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Toyah, Texas – Dying Along the Railroad – Toyah, Texas, the oldest town in Reeves County, was once a railroad hub. Today, it is a sparsely populated ghost town with numerous abandoned buildings.

Parkerville, Kansas – Prairie Ghost Town – Parkerville, Kansas is a semi-ghost town located on the Neosho River about 12 miles northwest of Council Grove. It was built as a railroad town.

Huron, Kansas Ghost Town – Huron, Kansas, located in Atchison County, got its start as a railroad town in 1882. Though it still has a small population, it is a ghost town today

The Jacob Brenner House still stands in Doniphan, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Doniphan, Kansas – River Ghost Town – Doniphan, Kansas is a ghost town located in southeast Doniphan County along the Missouri River. This muddy river would also be the cause of its demise.

April Newsletter – Off the beaten path in Kansas, Native Religion, the latest additions and more in this months Newsletter.

Shafter, Texas Mining Ruins by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Shafter, Texas – Silver Mining Ghost Town – Shafter, Texas, a ghost town located at the east end of the Chinati Mountains 18 miles north of Presidio, has a long history closely tied to silver mining.

Salt Flat, Texas Ghost Town – Salt Flat, Texas is a ghost town located in Hudspeth County in west Texas that got its start on a new highway between El Paso, TX and Carlsbad, NM.

Civil Rights Movement – The Civil Rights Movement was a struggle for social justice that took place during the 1950s and 1960s for African-Americans seeking constitutional equality

Jim Crow Laws – Jim Crow laws were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern states from the 1870s into the 1960s.

Salem Poor – From Slave to Hero – Salem Poor was an African-American slave who purchased his freedom, became a soldier, and rose to fame as a war hero during the American Revolution.

Civil War

Life in the Civil War – The Civil War became all-encompassing, touching the lives of nearly all Americans, while the country fought over the future of the nation.

Fort Delaware, Delaware City, Delaware – Fort Delaware, on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River, was a harbor defense facility built to protect the ports of Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA.

The 13 Colonies of America – The Thirteen American Colonies, founded in the 17th and 18th centuries, were a group of British colonies on the Atlantic coast of North America.

Colonial settlement of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by Nicholas Garrison, Jr., 1754

Colonial Growth & Expansion – Between 1700 and 1775, the population of the 13 colonies grew from 300,000 to 2.5 million people.

English Colonials to American Patriots – Over time, the English Colonists moved away from rule British and became American Patriots.

Muir Woods National Monument, California – The monument protects 554 acres of old growth redwood forest, one of a few such stands remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Fort Cronkhite, California – Fort Cronkhite is a former military post, located within the Marin Headlands of the Golden Gate Recreational Area, north of San Francisco, California.

Colonial Style buildings at Fort Barry, California today by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Fort Barry, California – Fort Barry is a former United States Army installation that protected the San Francisco Bay area with a line of gun batteries at the edge of the Pacific.

World War II in San Francisco, California – During World War II, the San Francisco Bay Area became America’s “Arsenal of Democracy,” causing many dramatic changes in the Bay Area.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area – Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, California is one of the largest urban national parks in the world and one of the most visited.

Zia Pueblo, New Mexico – The Zia Pueblo in New Mexico is comprised of Keresan-speaking Indians who have continuously occupied the site since the 13th century

Santa Clara Pueblo by Edward S. Curtis, 1905.

Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico – Santa Clara Pueblo is a Tewa Indian settlement along the Rio Grande in north-central New Mexico that has been home to these Puebloans for hundreds of years.

March Newsletter – From Native Americans to gangstas, a trip down to Arkansas and Women’s History Month That and more in this months newsletter.

San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico – San Ildefonso Pueblo in north-central New Mexico is a Tewa-speaking pueblo built in about 1300

Bandelier National Monument Map by the National Park Service

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico – Bandelier National Monument, near Los Alamos, New Mexico, preserves the homes of the Ancestral Puebloans, who lived here in the 12th-16th centuries.

Roger Touhy – Chicago Gangster – Roger Touhy was an Irish-American mob boss and prohibition-era bootlegger from Chicago, Illinois who took on Al Capone and his crew.

Baby Face Nelson

Baby Face” Nelson – Midwest Gangster – Lester Joseph Gillis, known as Baby Face Nelson, was a young gangster and bank robber from Chicago who was associated with Touhy Gang and John Dillinger.

La Cosa Nostra – American Mafia – La Cosa Nostra, also known as the “Mob” or the “Mafia”, evolved from the Sicilian Mafia and is one of the foremost organized criminal threats to America.

The FBI and the American Gangster – The FBI, established in 1908, was designed to fight crime on a national level. When Prohibition began, the agency would meet its largest foe – gangsters.

Prohibition in the United States – Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide ban on the production, import, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933.

Charles "Lucky" Luciano

Lucky Luciano – Italian Crime Boss of New York – Charles “Lucky” Luciano was an influential Italian-born mobster who operated out of New York City for years, before he was sent to prison and later deported

Gangsters, Thugs, and Mafia in Hot Springs, Arkansas – Gambling, prostitution, bootlegging, and gangsters were once a rampant part of Hot Springs, Arkansas history.

Hot Springs, Arkansas – Home of Healing Waters – Hot Springs, Arkansas, located in the Central Ouachita Mountains, is home to the Hot Springs National Park, known for its healing waters and rich history.

San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico by Edward S. Curtis, 1927

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, New Mexico – The Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, formerly known as the San Juan Pueblo, is a Tewa-speaking village located in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico.

Kuaua Ruin – Coronado State Historic Site, New Mexico – The Kuaua Pueblo Indian village, now known as the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo, New Mexico, was a Tiwa village located on the Rio Grande.

Piro Tribe of New Mexico & Texas -The Piro Indians were once one of the principal Pueblo tribes of New Mexico but many moved to the El Paso, Texas area after the Pueblo Revolt.

The Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion del Socorro Church in Socorro, Texas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander

Socorro Mission, Texas – The Socorro Mission, or Mission Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción is located along the Rio Grande in Socorro, Texas, southeast of El Paso.

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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