What’s New

Here’s more on the latest additions to our website:

December Newsletter – Happy Birthday Kit, Mushroom towns of the West, The Valentine Diner and more in this month’s Newsletter.

Chelsea, Oklahoma – Chelsea, Oklahoma,  is a small town of about 1,950 that primarily relies on farming, ranching, and oil production, and was the site of the first oil well in Indian Territory.

White Oak, Oklahoma – White Oak, Oklahoma is a very tiny town located on Route 66 southwest of Vinita.

Off the Grid – Our Friend Albert – Albert Hall, a former educator, lawman, and veteran lives in the mountains of Montana, off the grid, with a lifestyle that’s not for everyone.

November Newsletter – Pueblo Painter, historic photographers, the Tabor Triangle, Thanksgiving in America and more in this months newsletter

Saloon Art and Decor – Much like today’s bars, saloon walls were often filled with vendor posters and products, such as whiskey, beer, wine, cigars, and tobacco. Also, commonly seen were posters for area productions, such as theater, musicians, Wild West Shows, circuses, and especially Burlesque.

Russell Lee, Depression Era Photographer

Russell Lee – Historic Photographer – Russell Lee was a photographer and photojournalist who became a member of the team of the federally sponsored Farm Security Administration.

Walker Evans – Great Depression Photographer – Walker Evans was a photographer who is best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression.

John C. H. Grabill – Photographing the West – John C. H. Grabill was an American photographer who is well known for his photographs taken in South Dakota and Wyoming in the late 19th century.

Awa Tsireh, Pueblo Indian Artist

Awa Tsireh – Pueblo Painter – Awa Tsireh, also known as Alfonso Roybal, was one of the first Pueblo painters to receive recognition by the Santa Fe, New Mexico art community.

October Newsletter – History of Halloween, a Salute to Veterans, Native American Heritage Month and more in this month’s Legends’ Newsletter.

Bring Civil War History to Life at These Iconic War Sites – Take a Civil War road trip through the south to some of these iconic war sites. (article submitted by Traci Magnus, Dunes Properties)

Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Marker in Alexander, Kansas.

Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Trail, Kansas – The Fort Hays-fort Dodge Trail, established in 1867, was first used by the military, followed by civilian traffic. It continued to be used regularly until the Santa Fe Railroad reached Dodge City in 1872.

The Ghost of White Woman Creek, Kansas – Winding through western Kansas, White Woman Creek starts in Colorado and disappears into White Woman Basin. It is said to be haunted.

Coffeyville, Kansas & the Deadly Dalton Gang – Coffeyville, Kansas in southeastern Montgomery County was one of many bustling Kansas cowtowns and the site of the famous Dalton Gang bank robbery in 1892.

Green BookThe Crucial Role of the Negro Motorist Green Book – The Negro Motorist Green Book was a guidebook published annually for African-Americans traveling across the country during the era of Jim Crow Laws. (Rewrite and expansion of previous article) 

Alice ‘Alse’ Young – First Witch Hanging Victim in Colonial America – Author Beth Caruso discusses what we know, and what we don’t about the first person to be convicted for witchcraft crimes and hanged for it in colonial America.

Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy – America’s Greatest Hero – Award-winning and best selling author Rena Winters explores the life of Audie Murphy after returning from World War II as one of America’s most decorated heroes.

September Newsletter – Ghost Towns, Route 66, a land scandal, phantom train, and spider ninja in this months Legends Newsletter.

Yazoo Land Scandal of Georgia – The Yazoo Land Scandal, also known as the Yazoo Land Fraud, was one of the most significant events following the American Revolution in Georgia history.

Hyannis, Nebraska Main Street by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Grant County, Nebraska – Ghost Towns on the Plains – Grant County, Nebraska located in the western portion of the state, is the 9th least populous county in the United States and has several near ghost towns.

The Curse of the Famous Hope Diamond – The Hope Diamond, one of the most famous jewels in the world, has a history dating back almost four centuries. It is also said to be cursed.

Avilla, Missouri – Avilla has a rich history of Union support during the Civil War and a brief resurgence when Route 66 came through, but today it sits quietly along a ghost town stretch of the Mother Road.

Grand Riviera Theater – Gone Today – The Grand Riviera Theatre in Detroit, Michigan was once a beautiful theatre that served for generations before it was closed and later demolished in 1999.

The 1889 Phelps, Missouri school house still stands on Route 66. It has been restored today. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Onwards to Carthage – Heatonville to Plew – Between Heatonville and Avilla on old route 66, there are several ghost towns including Albatross, Phelps, Rescue, and Plew.

Spencer, Missouri – Quiet Now – The ghost town of Spencer, Missouri is located on Route 66 just a few miles west of Paris Springs Junction.

Gay Parita in Paris Springs Junction, Missouri in the 1930s

Paris Springs, Missouri –  Revival on the Mother Road – Paris Springs Junction, Missouri is located on old Route 66 in Lawrence County. The village of Paris Springs got its start in the 1850s.

Halltown, Missouri – Where Yesterday Meets Today – Halltown, Missouri, located on old Route 66 is a small village in Lawrence County, about 18 miles west of Springfield.

August Newsletter – Tripping Missouri history, what might we have lost without Ohiyesa’s father, the first federal road and more in this months letter.

Old Village Mercantile in Caledonia, Missouri today by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Caledonia, Missouri – Stepping Back in Time – Caledonia, Missouri is a small village in the Bellevue Valley of Washington County. Today, most of the town has been declared a National Historic District.

Brigantine Castle, New Jersey – Lost to the Ghosts – Brigantine Castle was once a popular funhouse and haunted house attraction that drew thousands of visitors each year.

Hermann, Missouri – Little Germany – Hermann, Missouri, the county seat of Gasconade County, evolved out of an effort to preserve German culture and traditions in America.

Bollinger Mill and the Covered Bridge in Burfordville, Missouri by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Burfordville, Missouri – Home of the Bollinger Mill – Burfordville, Missouri, a small unincorporated community in western Cape Girardeau County, is home to the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site and the Burfordville Covered Bridge.

Fox Theatre – Lost in Seattle – The Fox Theatre, once located in downtown Seattle, Washington was described as being “fairy-like in appearance” when it opened. It was demolished in 1992.

Apple Creek in Old Appleton, Missouri by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Old Appleton, Missouri – Bridging Apple Creek – Old Appleton, Missouri, located on the south bank of the Apple Creek in Cape Girardeau County, got its start in the early 1800s.

Mill Spring, Missouri – All Quiet Now – Mill Spring, Missouri, located along the Black River in Wayne County, in the southeast portion of the state got its start as a railroad and logging town.

Stony Dell Resort, Jerome, Missouri

Jerome, Missouri & a Tribute to the Trail of Tears (major rewrite of the previous article with more about the town) Jerome is a small town on the Gasconade River in western Phelps County. Portions of the area are on Route 66 and include a tribute to the Trail of Tears.

Arlington Road, Missouri – True Vintage Route 66 – West of Rolla, Missouri, Route 66 makes its way to Arlington Road. A dead-end pathway today, this original portion of Route 66 was once an important road.

July Newsletter – Lost historic landmarks, ghost towns, patent medicine, safe haven in Wyoming and Smokey Bear in this months Newsletter.

Aztec Motel, Albuquerque, New Mexico Art Detail by John Margolies, 2003.

Lost Historic Landmarks and Vanished Sites – We are starting an ambitious endeavor to chronicle some of the more interesting and important places that have been lost to deterioration and progress.

Call Building – The Call Building in San Francisco, California was once the tallest building in the city and was renowned for its beauty.

Bedrock City – The once-popular Bedrock City Theme Park and Campground, in Custer, South Dakota, entertained and welcomed thousands of visitors for almost 50 years before it was reduced to rubble in April 2019.

Palace Amusements, Asbury Park, New Jersey – Palace Amusements in Asbury Park, New Jersey thrilled visitors for 100 years as they enjoyed rides, amusements, games, funhouses, music, and arcades on the Jersey Shore.

Old Aztec Court, Albuquerque, New Mexico – Up until 2011, when the building was razed, it was the oldest continuously used motel in Albuquerque making it one of the most important Route 66 icons.

Original Pennsylvania Station, New York City –  Built during the Golden Age of railroading when its owners intended the terminal not only to serve the specific needs of the railroad but also to embellish the city as a monumental gateway.

Old City Hall –  Detroit – Detroit, Michigan’s old old City Hall opened in 1871 and included three stories, an observation deck, and a large clock tower.

Galena, South Dakota – Thriving on Silver – Galena, South Dakota is a ghost town and old mining camp located in the Black Hills of Lawrence County, about 11 miles southeast of Deadwood.

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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