Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - April 2017

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Legends of America Newsletter - April 2017
April showers bring May flowers, but this year at our house we didn't have to wait. The mild weather has brought Spring into bloom at Fort Alexander, and we are enjoying the break in routine, working away on our Spring clean/fix list. I think we've hauled six large trash bags of 'stuff' out of the shed this year. How that much accumulates is beyond me, and why we even had some of it will forever be a mystery. Like cat litter. We have two dogs, no kitties, and though I can faintly remember buying the cat litter, for the life of me I can't figure out why. Oh well, add it to the pile ready to be set out for pickup this week.

Kathy had a surprise call from one of our granddaughters in Lawrence, Kansas last week. It was during the school day, so Kathy was caught off guard. "Nana, [insert giggle]...uhm..I mean, Grandma, it's me Graci. I'm standing next to my teacher and we are using Legends Of America as a resource for a project we're doing. You own it right?"  I have to chuckle at teenagers sometimes. Apparently it isn't cool to use "Nana" in front of classmates. Graci told us that her teacher loves the website as a social studies resource, and invited Kathy to speak to the class. So, Kathy's reworking her planned trip to Northeast Kansas next week. It will be a fun time I'm sure. I think it's neat when our grandchildren run into our website at school. Makes me even more proud of Kathy, if that's possible.  

Speaking of road trips, it's a great time to hit the Mother Road. We always hear from a lot of folks during Spring, planning their road trip down Route 66.  We have you covered, from the history of the route in our articles, to guides and more through our General Store.  Be sure to check out the special offers below in this newsletter. 

Quite a few of our readers are also on ghost town hunts this time of year. We heard from one reader recently that had a rude surprise at the Arizona ghost town of Sunnyside. This is a ghost town that isn't easy to get into, and when they finally got there, they were greeted with "Private Drive" and "Private Property" signs. Not sure when those were added, but it appears this is one ghost town you can scratch off the list for now.  Glad we could see it back in 2007 and hope it doesn't completely disappear. 

We'll, that's all for now.  Back to checking off a few more on the spring clean/fix list. Next up, finding a grass that will choke out some of these weeds. 

Dave "spreader dude" Alexander

What's New on LOA

Here are the latest additions since our last newsletter. 
The Battle Against Corsets - Author Eric Smith submits this article, from his book Lost Skills of the 19th Century, about Frances Stuart Parker's call in 1897 for more sensible clothing for women.

Lady Marshals of Indian Territory - Being a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Indian Territory was dangerous enough, but even more so for these women of the West, determined to bring in those wanted for justice.
Mills, NM - A Shell of Memories  -  From our 2013 New Mexico adventureDon't blink, or you might miss this town in New Mexico that once boasted 3,000 residents. Today Mills has only a handful of homes still active, and a post office.
Sequoyah - Inventor of Written Cherokee - Sequoyah developed a written alphabet based on the sounds of syllables and forever changed the Cherokee Nation.

Phoebe Couzins - Lady Law - One of the first female lawyers in the United States, the first female appointed as a U.S. Marshal, and a well known suffragist, Phoebe Couzins was a trailblazer for women's rights and equality.
Porter Rockwell - Destroying Angel of Mormondom - Joseph Smith's personal bodyguard, Orrin Porter Rockwell would be known for his loyalty and generosity, as much as his tenacity and ruthlessness as a lawman in Utah.
Did You Know?

The American Automobile's history can be traced back to the late 1700's, and Oliver Evans was at the forefront with his vision of a steam powered carriage. 

The Chuckwagon - Western Recipes

Lazy B Corn Fritters

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup flour
2 cups corn
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. paprika
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk

Stir dry ingredients together and add corn. Then add the egg yolks beaten thick and fold in egg whites beaten stiff. Fry in hot lard. Try to use a cold bowl to beat the egg whites if possible.

Crossing the Great Plains in Ox-Wagons

From our historic text files - In 1939, Harriet Scott Palmer participated in the Life Histories from the Folklore Project, otherwise known as the WPA Federal Writers Project, to give her account of traveling the Oregon Trail as a young girl in the 1850's.  
Although I was but a girl of 11 years, I distinctly remember many things connected with that far-off time when all of our western country was a wilderness. We were six months in crossing the plains in ox-wagons.

In our home, in Illinois, in the early 1850s, there was much talk and excitement over the news of the great gold discoveries in California -- and equally there was much talk concerning the wonderful fertile valleys of Oregon Territory and an act of Congress giving settlers 640 acres of land.

My father, John Tucker Scott, with much of the pioneer spirit in his blood, became so interested that he decided to "Go West." The spring of 1852 ushered in so many preparations, great work of all kinds. I remember relations coming to help sew, of tearful partings, little gifts of remembrances exchanged, the sale of the farm, the buying and breaking in of unruly oxen, the loud voices of the men, and the general confusion.

Big savings on our selection of National Park DVD's from Bennett-Watt Productions.  You already save $3 just by adding it to your cart.  Then save another 10% off when you use coupon code NEWS10!  That's over $5 off now through the end of April. 

New in our poster selection at Legends' General Store
American Indian Tribes Poster (17" x 24") - Locates over 300 original territories of the major American Indian tribes. Each location has been approved by the tribal council. Artwork is from an original painting by Bill Strobel. Great for classroom and learning projects.

Save 10% when you use coupon code NEWS10
New in our personalized selection
Exposed Gears Gunmetal Pocket Watch (Personalized) -Customize with a possibility of 3 lines, up to 15 characters per line. This watch is a great gift. A gift box is included!

SIZE: Measures 1 3/4" in diameter and includes a 12" removable chain.


On Sale, but save an additional 10% when using coupon code NEWS10
Route 66 Guides & Fun!
Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book, by Legends of Americacontains 20 postcards of various places along America's Mother Road, each ready for your own artistic touch. Then after you color, remove each and send as a postcard. Complete with stamp placement on the back, and information on each location. Or, keep your finished work as a reminder of fun times traveling Route 66.

Save an additional 10% off sale price with coupon code NEWS10
The Route 66 Journey Package - Includes the 4th Edition EZ66 Guide For Travelers , the 17th Edition Route 66 Dining & Lodging Guide, and Route 66 8-State Map Series, all updated for 2015. Provides you with all the tools for an easier journey on what can sometimes be a confusing piece of pavement. Suggested retail for all three is over $50, but you save money in this special package offer!'

See our Bonus offer for an even lower price on Legends' Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book!  And save 10% more when you use our newsletter exclusive coupon code, NEWS10.
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Ghost Towns of the American West - periodic posts about Ghost Towns primarily West of the Mississippi, but really anywhere we've been or find fascinating. 

Native American History - periodic posts about Native American traditions, tribes, hero's and chieftains and much more. 

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