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Ruggles Mine near Grafton, New Hampshire by Squelle, Wikipedia

Ruggles Mine – Mica Mining in New Hampshire – Ruggles Mine in Grafton, New Hampshire, a mica mine, got its start in about 1805 and operated for almost 160 years before becoming a tourist attraction.

New Hampshire History – New Hampshire, the most northern of the 13 original colonies of New England, is nicknamed the Granite State because of its extensive granite formations.

Fort Constitution, New Hampshire – Fort Constitution, New Hampshire, located in New Castle was first fortified in 1631 and called The Castle. It has a rich history in the Revolutionary War.

Fort Stark, New Hampshire – Fort Stark, New Hampshire is located on Jerry’s Point in New Castle. It was first fortified in 1746 as Battery Cumberland.

The present-day gristmill in Millbrook, New Jersey was built on the site of Abram Garis' 1832 grist mill. Photo courtesy State of New Jersey

Millbrook Village, New Jersey – Millbrook Village in Hardwick Township, New Jersey is an original and re-created village located on the Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

The Old Mine Road in New Jersey – One of the oldest continuously used roads in the United States, the Old Mine Road connected the Hudson River in New York to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area -The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area runs for over 200 miles along the Delaware River through New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail – The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,185-mile long footpath through scenic and culturally and historically significant lands of the east coast.

Roger Williams meets the Narragansett Indians

Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island – The Narragansett people are an Algonquian American Indian tribe from Rhode Island. Their name is said to mean “People of the Small Point.”

Newport, Rhode Island National Historic District – Newport, Rhode Island sits at the entrance to Narragansett Bay. Within this seaside city is the Newport National Historic District.

Fort Adams, Rhode Island – Situated on a point at the entrance to Newport Harbor, Fort Adams, Rhode Island was formerly one of the principal coastal defenses along the Atlantic Ocean.

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor – Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor stretching from Providence, RI to Worcester, MA is the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.

George “Machine Gun” Kelly – Prohibition Era Outlaw – George Kelly Barnes, better known as “Machine Gun” Kelly was a Prohibition-era criminal, whose crimes included bootlegging, armed robbery, and kidnapping.

December Newsletter – A murderous ghost town, Mother Road entrepreneurs, the tragic Donner Party and more.

Jimmy Hope, Bank Robber

Jimmy Hope – King of the Bank Robbers – James “Old Jimmy” Hope was one of the most successful and sought after bank robbers in the United States during the 19th-century.

World War I – World War I was a war like no other and U.S. participation in this global conflict had a profound impact on those who fought and on the future of the nation.

Philippine-American War – After the Spanish-American War of 1898, Spain ceded its colony of the Philippines to the United States, but some Filipino wanted to be independent.

The Spanish-American War – The Spanish-American War of 1898 ended Spain’s colonial empire in the Western Hemisphere and secured the position of the United States as a Pacific power.

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.

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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