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Legends of America Newsletter - November 2016
Hey Folks - Well it's Fall and we've already "fallen back" (cept ya'll in Arizona), so my schedule's all weird. I go to bed when it's dark which can mean 7:00, which just might put me up at 2:00 a.m. Oh, well, I can get a lot done then. 

Whew, the election is over is all I can say. Thanksgiving's next week, and before you know it, it will be Christmas -- things tend to roll super fast sometimes. The real plus for us is what comes after. We're headed to Florida via Texas, Louisiana and a bit of Alabama. I have wanted to visit St. Augustine for years. It's the oldest city in the U.s. and sure to provide a wealth of stories and photo ops. Not to mention it's warmer in that neck of the woods. Doubt we'll run into ghost towns in that region, but there are lots of historic forts -- stay tuned.

Been one of the mildest Autumns on record here in Missouri -- shoot, I have tulips sprouting. Has put me into a spring cleaning mode with loads going to the Goodwill Store and others to the Swap-n-Shop. Less things is a good thing.

Kathy Weiser-Alexander - Master de-clutter'r 

Message from Dave:  Let me begin by humbly apologizing for the problems some of you experienced with our newsletter this year. Turns out many of you couldn't view it properly, and others never even received it. For those of you who've stuck by us, I thank you dearly.  We hope our change of newsletter providers earlier this month results in a better experience for you, and I look forward to hearing what you think.  For those who may not have seen our newsletter in a while, we've been sending them monthly. You can view our previous newsletters HERE

Dave "cheaper apparently not always better" Alexander
What's New on LOA

Here's the latest updates since we last wrote.
Drugs in the Old West - The dice and the guns weren't the only things loaded in the Old West - so were many of the men and women. Kathy takes a look at drugs such as morphine and cocaine, which were being used with frequency. These, along with cannabis (marijuana), heroin and other narcotics, were legal, could be purchased over the counter, and were liberally prescribed by doctors for a multitude of ailments, even to children.

Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad - A look at the effort to establish rail for the many mines in Nevada. 

The Largest K.G.C. Treasure Ever Found - Author Jack Myers submitted this story of two young Baltimore boys who found 5,000 gold coins buried under a house. But the story of the how the coins got there is even more interesting than the find, and involves a secret Confederate society known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. 
We've added up a few 20th Century Crime stories from International Best Selling Author Joe Bruno. 

Murder Incorporated - Murder, Inc. was the name the press gave to organized crime groups in the 1930s to the 1940s that acted as the "enforcement arm" of the Italian-American Mafia, Jewish mob, and connected organized crime groups in New York and elsewhere.

Giuseppe "The Clutch Hand" Morello - The Blackhanders came from the mobbed-up city of Corleone, Sicily, but they perpetrated their murder and mayhem in the mean streets of New York City.

Bugsy Siegel and the Re-birth of Las Vegas - Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel, a Jewish-American mobster, is the man most responsible for the re-birth of the city of Las Vegas as the gambling capitol of the world.
While we're on the subject of crime sprees, Kathy's added up "Bonnie & Clyde - Stars of the Public Enemy Era". Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were American criminals who traveled the central United States with the Barrow Gang during the Great Depression, robbing people and killing when cornered or confronted.

A Daring Escape From AlcatrazOn June 12, 1962, the routine early morning bed check turned out to be anything but. Three convicts were not in their cells: John Anglin, his brother Clarence Anglin, and Frank Morris.

More Haunted Tales and Destinations

Haunted Fort Jackson - The oldest standing brick fortification in Georgia and a National Historic Landmark, Old Fort Jackson not only provides a wealth of history, but is also allegedly haunted.

Chatham Manor & The Lady In White - Over two centuries old, Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, Virginia is haunted by the ghost of a woman who cannot seem to break the bonds of unrequited love. By Lin Vaughn
Did You Know?

The Presidential election of 1800, also known as the Revolution of 1800, was a significant signal to the world that the newly formed United States was indeed a country where the people determined their leaders, and thus their fate. That's due to the fact that the vote was a contentious, non violent battle of sorts that led to the young country's first, and only, tie for President of the United States, and resulted in a transfer of power without bloodshed or violence, breaking away from the long history of violent takeovers in Europe.
Bumper Sticker Wisdom

  • Life is not permanent. Don't take it seriously. 
  • Happiness is good health and a bad memory. 
  • Fight Mad Cowboy Disease
  • Abandon the search for the truth; settle for a good fantasy
  • The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.
The Sand Creek Massacre

The Sand Creek Massacre, occurring on November 29, 1864, was one of the most infamous incidents of the Indian Wars. Initially reported in the press as a victory against a bravely fought defense by the Cheyenne, later eyewitness testimony conflicted with these reports, resulting in a military and two Congressional investigations into the events.

Starting in the 1850’s, the gold and silver rush in the Rocky Mountains brought thousands of white settlers into the mountains and the surrounding foothills. Dislocating and angering the Cheyenne and Arapaho who lived on the land, the Pike's Peak Gold Rush in 1858 brought the tension to a boiling point.

The Indians soon began to attack wagon trains, mining camps and stagecoach lines, a practice that increased during the Civil War, when the number of soldiers in the area was greatly decreased. Soon, this led to what became known as the Colorado War of 1863-1865.

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