Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - October 2017

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Legends of America Newsletter - October 2017
Did you know that candy corn and peanuts tastes just like a payday candy bar? That's my stash of the mix, along with a Coke (Kathy calls it Coke-de-doke, but that's another dorky story altogether). This was taken back on Tuesday October 3, right before I hit enter to make our new website design official. 

I would like to say that months of planning went off without a hitch, but it was a bit of a 'mixed stash' as well.  Afterall, we took a 14 year old website and turned it on it's head, which I equate with ripping off 14 years of bandaids and starting fresh. It's been a busy couple of weeks fixing all the broken links we didn't catch before the move, but we're making some great progress.  Overall I'd give us a 'B+' on planning and an 'A' on the right snack for the job. You may still run into a broken link here or there, and for that we sincerely apologize.  This page here has some tips on getting to where you were going. 

So phase one of our project is complete, getting the most important pages done.  Phase two will continue over the next several months as we convert all the rest of the old pages to the new design.  Progress as of Sunday was 1,451 pages converted.. 2,136 pages to go. Of course, that doesn't include new articles that we've been adding along the way, and we have quite a few for you under What's New below. You'll still find the old articles, but they won't be as "mobile friendly" as the new ones until they've gone through the process.
Meanwhile, I've learned we aren't the only ones who go through a "refresh" of an old design. As many of you who have followed us know, back in 2014 Kathy made her television debut on the show "Evil Kin" talking about the Bloody Benders of Kansas. The show aired on the cable network Investigation Discovery (ID Channel). I had a friend let me know over the weekend that Kathy was talking about the Benders again, but this time the show was called "The Bloody Benders: American Serial Killers". Same Discovery Network channel, just a fresh coat of paint. So I guess it's possible we'll see her other television appearances revamped into new shows too. Who knows, Kathy could be still yakking on about Bat Masterson, Bill Doolin and Dallas Stoudenmire 20 years from now on a channel that doesn't even exist yet. Too bad she doesn't get any royalties for that stuff.

Hope you enjoy the new website and thank you so very much for your continued support!

Dave "eating too much candy corn" Alexander.

What's New on LOA

As I mentioned, we haven't spent all our time on converting older articles.  Kathy's been busy adding up some new ones.  Here's the latest since our last newsletter. 
Simon Kenton - Frontiersman and Soldier - A legendary frontiersman and soldier, Kenton saved Daniel Boone’s life, acted as a scout, participated in Indian Wars and the War of 1812.

Luke Short's Last Gunfight - On December 23, 1890, Luke Short and Charles Wright were involved in a gunfight at the Bank Saloon in Fort Worth, Texas. Although he would survive, it would be Short’s last gunfight.

Oliver Milton Lee – New Mexico Rancher and Gunman – Oliver Milton Lee was a rancher, law officer, probable outlaw, state legislator, and businessman who was suspected of the Fountain murders in New Mexico.
Boot-Hills and Their Stories (by Frederick Ritchie Bechdolt in 1922) – Back in the wild old days you found a boot-hill on town’s outskirts,one where the cattle trail came down to the ford, and one was at the summit of the pass.

Bronco Sue Yonkers – Wild Woman of the West – Bronco Sue Yonkers was a Welsh girl who turned the heads of men and could shoot as well as any of them, who left a trail of unlucky men in her wake.

Moses Embree “California Joe” Milner – Scouting the West – Moses Embree Milner, aka: California Joe was a mountain man, miner, and army scout who lived a life of adventure in the American West.
John Peter Gabriel – Lawman & Gunfighter – A prominent lawman in Pinal County, Arizona in the 1880s, Peter Gabriel barely survived and gunfight with Joe Phy in Florence, Arizona.

St. Augustine National Cemetery – Dade Massacre – (By Author Ann Johnson) Historic Saint Augustine, Florida is the home of the Saint Augustine National Cemetery. Among those buried were casualties of the Seminole Indian Wars.”

Ellis Island – Welcoming the Immigrants – From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was America’s largest and most active immigration station, where over 12 million immigrants were processed.
Did You Know?

On October 13, 1984, the outdated, poorly maintained vestiges of U.S. Highway 66 completely succumbed to the interstate system when the final section of the original road was bypassed by Interstate 40 at Williams, Arizona. The route was “replaced” by Interstates 55, 44, 40, 15 and 10.
Native American Proverbs & Wisdom

All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. – Arapaho

The weakness of the enemy makes our strength. – Cherokee

Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something. – Maricopa

All dreams spin out from the same web. – Hopi


The Haunted Lemp Mansion in St. Louis
Said to be one of the ten most haunted places in America, the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri, continues to play host to the tragic Lemp family. Over the years, the mansion was transformed from the stately home of millionaires, to office space, decaying into a run-down boarding house, and finally restored to its current state as a fine dinner theatre, restaurant and bed and breakfast.

Kathy has spent a couple of nights in this haunted favorite.  Read about it in our in-depth story of the Lemp Mansion. 

Get a head start on Gift Giving with Personalized Products!
Personalized Barrel Top Sign  (8 Designs to choose from), personalize each with up to 15 characters and year. 

Each sign differs in measurements as they come from authentic wine barrels. To top off the look, each one comes surrounded by an aged metal hoop, a classic touch that completes the decor.

Wood signs measure roughly 20 inches to 22 inches round, and are 3 to 4 inches thick.  
Set of 5 Glass FlasksVintage glass "Moon Shiners" flask that is an excellent replica of flasks of yesteryear. Personalize all five differently with up to 10 characters and Year. Great gift giving for anyone who likes to keep a little libation with them. Comes with attached swing top with leak proof rubber seal. Holds 8.5 oz.

Note: If you want all 5 to have the same personalization, just fill out information on Bottle 1 and leave the rest blank. 
Exposed Gears Gunmetal Pocket WatchThis twist on a classic pocket watch is truly unique! A personalized Exposed Gears Pocket Watch with a cool face exposing the inside gears that makes this beauty run. With roman numerals and a gunmetal gray finish, this handsome watch will definitely get you compliments. This pocket watch also includes a sturdy chain and clip included for safe keeping. There's plenty of space for your personalization on the back of the watch. Customize with a possibility of 3 lines, up to 15 characters per line. This watch is a great gift. A gift box is included!

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

Personalize with three lines up to 15 characters per line.
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