What’s New

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.

The Potawatomi Tribe – The Potawatomi are an Algonquian Native American people of the Great Plains, upper Mississippi River, and western Great Lakes region.

Lenape Encampment

Lenape-Delaware Tribe – The Lenape or Delaware tribe, also called the Lenni Lenape, are of the Algonquin family, and first lived New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Wyandot-Huron Tribe – The Wyandot or Huron are an Iroquoian-speaking people made up of a number of bands, living in Canada, Ohio, and Michigan.

The Dutch Colony of New Netherland – New Netherland was a 17th-century colony of the Dutch Republic that was located on the northeast coast of North America.

Iroquois Woman

The Powerful Iroquois Confederacy of the Northeast – The Iroquois or Haudenosaunee were a powerful northeast Native American confederacy who lived primarily in Ontario, Canada and upstate New York.

Catawba Tribe of South Carolina – The Catawba, also known as Issa, Essa or Iswa, have lived along the Catawba River for thousands of years, in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The Ho-Chunk or Winnebago of Wisconsin – The Ho-Chunk, also known as the Winnebago, are a Native American people whose historic territory included parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa & Illinois.

Illinois Indians

Illinois Tribe of the Mississippi River Valley – The Illinois Confederation, aka the Illiniwek or Illini, was a group of 12–13 Native American tribes who lived in the Mississippi River Valley.

Wabanaki Confederacy – The Wabanaki Confederacy consisted of several northeastern tribal nations including the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Abenaki, and Penobscot.

The Pennacook Tribe of New England – The Pennacook tribe were an Algonquian-speaking tribe that were closely related to the Abenaki. Their home was in New England.

Fort Western, Augusta, Maine by Carol Highsmith

Fort Western, Maine on the Kennebec River – Fort Western, located in Augusta, Maine is a former British colonial outpost that was built at the beginning of the French and Indian War in 1754.

Kennebec Tribe of Maine – The Kennebec Tribe, also known as Norridgewock and Kennebis, were an early Abenaki band who lived in the Kennebec Valley of Maine.

The Abenaki People – Fighting the English – The Abenaki ,an Algonquian-speaking people, were a linguistic and geographic grouping, rather than a single tribe. The lived in New England and Canada.

The Kaskaskia Tribe of Illinois – The Kaskaskia were a tribe of the Illiniwek Confederation and made their home was along the Illinois River near present-day Utica, Illinois.

Haunted Historic Sites in Savannah, Georgia You Must Visit –  Savannah has long been considered to be one of the most haunted in the U.S. Here are some historic places with a ghostly past. Contributor Anna Hicks explores.

Kennebunks, Maine Map by by Steve Hrehovik, courtesy Kennebunks Chamber of Commerce

The Kennebunks of Maine – History Along the Southern Coast – The Kennebunks, comprised of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel are located on the southern coast of Maine and are rich in history.

Durango, Colorado – Railroad Town of the Southwest – Durango, Colorado, located along the Million Dollar Highway, is the county seat La Plata County and the most populous town in southwest Colorado.

September Newsletter – The latest from our world, including more from our Colorado adventure, more Colorado, Native American Ceremonies, historic text, specials and more.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is powered up and ready to leave the Durango, Colorado, station. Photo by Carol Highsmith.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado – The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, in continuous operation since 1882, makes its way 45.4 miles from Durango to Silverton, Colorado.

The Silverton Railroad of the San Juan Mountains – The Silverton Railroad was a narrow gauge line from Silverton, Colorado that was built over Red Mountain Pass to the mining camps of Red Mountain.

Ironton, Colorado – Supplying the Mining District – Located at the north end of the Red Mountain Mining District, Ironton, Colorado was established as a supply and shipping point for the area.

Guston, Colorado & the Yankee Girl Mine – Guston, Colorado, a ghost town in the Red Mountain Mining District, grew with the discovery of the Yankee Girl Mine.

Guffey, Colorado – Quirky Mining Town – Guffey, in southern Park county Colorado, displays its historic charm in quirky detail to visitors looking for a scenic Rocky Mountain escape.

Ouray, Colorado – Switzerland of America – Situated in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, the historic mining town of Ouray still showcases many historic buildings with a rich history.

Million Dollar Highway, Colorado – Consistently voted as one of the top ten scenic highways in the United States, the 70-mile Million Dollar Highway twists and turns through the mountains, providing visitors with breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountain Range and the Uncompahgre Gorge

Red Mountain Mining District, Colorado – Little remains of the towns that once prospered in the district but, about 50 structures still stand in the area.

Red Mountain Town – Queen of the District – The ghost town of Red Mountain Town, Colorado is located in the Red Mountain Mining District, about halfway between Silverton and Ouray.

Chattanooga, Colorado – Silent Today – The ghost town of Chattanooga, Colorado was located in the Red Mountain Mining District about 7 miles northwest of Silverton, Colorado.

Earl of Dunraven

Earl Dunraven and the Estes Park Land Grab – Irish aristocrat Earl of Dunraven was much hated by Estes Park, Colorado residents as he wished to own and control all of the area.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park, in north-central Colorado, encompasses 415 square miles of spectacular scenery and is one of the most visited National Parks.

Skyline Drive, Canon City, Colorado by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Canon City, Colorado’s Skyline Drive – Skyline Drive in Canon City, Colorado is a scenic and thrilling 2.6-mile road that provides unparalleled views of the area.

Eureka, Colorado and the Sunnyside Mine – The ghost town of Eureka, Colorado is situated between Silverton and Animas Forks. Its longevity was primarily due to the success of the Sunnyside Mine.

Alpine Loop and side spurs

Alpine Loop and side spurs

Alpine Loop National Backcountry Byway, Colorado – Tucked away in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado is one of the true gems of our public lands — The Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway.

Animas Forks, Colorado – Favorite on the Alpine Loop – Animas Forks, Colorado is a ghost town located on the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway about 12 miles northeast of Silverton in San Juan County, Colorado.

Mineral Point, Colorado – The ghost town of Mineral Point, Colorado, located south of the summit of Engineer Pass in San Juan County was once the highest town in the county.

Capitol City, Colorado – Capitol City, a ghost town located along the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway, in Hinsdale County, once had aspirations of becoming the state capitol.

Henson, Colorado and the Ute-Ulay Mines – Henson, Colorado is a ghost town on the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway. The Ute-Ulay mining complex is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Lake City, Colorado

Lake City, Colorado – Lake City, Colorado is the Hinsdale County seat and got its start as a supply camp for the area mines in 1874. Today it is a National Historic District.

Lakeshore & the Golden Fleece Mine, Colorado – The Golden Fleece Mine was located about four miles south of Lake City, Colorado near Lake San Cristobal. Lakeshore was located at the north end of the lake

Carson, Colorado – Atop the Continental Divide – Sitting at an elevation of more than 12,000 feet near the top of the Continental Divide, Carson was one of the most inaccessible mining camps in Colorado.

Early day Sherman, Colorado

Sherman, Colorado – Situated along the Alpine Loop Back Country Byway in Hinsdale County, Colorado, the mining camp of Sherman sat an elevation of 9,560  feet.

Burrows Park, Colorado – Burrows Park, Colorado is located along the Hinsdale-San Juan county line. It gained its name for Charles Burrows who prospected the area in 1873.

American Basin, Colorado – Part of the Gunnison National Forest, American Basin is a high alpine basin at an elevation of 12,365 ft surrounded by vertical cliffs in southwest Colorado

Silverton Road to the Alpine Loop

Silverton, Colorado – Silverton, Colorado, a former silver mining camp, is nestled high in the San Juan Mountains. It is a popular tourist destination 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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