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Fall trippin, First Restaurant Chain in America, long path to citizenship, and an obscure American Revolution.

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Legends of America Newsletter - October 2022

In this newsletter:

  • Fall trippin

  • First Restaurant Chain in America

  • A long path to citizenship

  • An Obscure American Revolution

and much more!

Latest from our world

Oh, how we love Fall. The color, the cooler temps...and some fantastic voyages over the past couple of decades. Last year we traveled East and caught some wonderful colors on the way back through Tennessee. Along the way, we found some really big stuff in Illinois, my lumps of coal in West Virginia, and we paid homage to the beginnings of Colonial America and the saving of the union in Virginia.

We're taking it easier this year since I pointed out to Kathy that over the last 12 months, we've been gone 5 of them. Not to mention the price of fuel. That doesn't mean we won't be on the road, as I'm prepping the trailer for another adventure across state lines to Kansas later this week. If you need a weekend getaway, and you're near or in the land of oz, you might be interested in our October 2015 road trip through Kansas Rail Towns and Old Cowtown Museum.

We've also done quite a bit of Route 66 this time of year. From Cuba Fest in Cuba Missouri to the new visitors center that just opened in Albuquerque, New Mexico, there's plenty to see in the fall on America's Mother Road. Speaking of which, it was on October 13, 1984, that the final section of the original road was bypassed by Interstate 40 at Williams, Arizona. So glad to see these vestiges of the past preserved.

We're sure a lot of you don't have time or resources for road trips this time of year, so sit back and browse our Travel Blog if you feel the itch.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this month's newsletter.

Dave & Kathy

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

Harvey Hotels & Restaurants Along the Rails - Founded in 1876 by Fred Harvey to cater to the growing number of train passengers, the Fred Harvey Company owned the popular Harvey House chain of restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality businesses alongside railroads in the late 1800s. It was the first restaurant chain in the U.S.

Mary Colter - Architect of the West - Mary Colter was one of the very few female American architects of her day. She was also the chief architectural designer and interior decorator for the Fred Harvey Company from 1902 to 1948.

Indigenous Americans Long Path to U.S. Citizenship - The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 was the first to extend U.S. citizenship to Indigenous peoples of America on a mass scale, 148 years after the founding of our nation.

Missing Sodder Children in West Virginia - On December 25, 1945, tragedy struck the Sodder family in Fayetteville, West Virginia, when their house went up in flames, and five children disappeared.

The Battle of Athens: An Obscure American Revolution - (reprinted with permission from Also known as the McMinn County War, this August 1946 battle between returning war veterans and a corrupt sheriff was caused by voter suppression.

Nabor Pacheco - Pima County Lawman - Nabor Pacheco was the first person of Mexican descent elected as Sheriff of Pima County in Arizona Territory in 1904.  He is credited with ending the practice of Public Hangings in Arizona territory.

Fort Wadsworth, New York - Rich in history and natural beauty, Fort Wadsworth allows visitors to observe an important part of our nation's history while offering magnificent views of New York Harbor.

Meanwhile on Legends of Kansas...

Willis, Kansas - Extinct in Brown County - (Legends of Kansas) Willis, Kansas, is a ghost town in Mission Township of Brown County. Though it showed much promise in its early days, it is a shell of its former self today.

Lone Elm, Kansas - Ghost Town in Anderson County - (Legends of Kansas) Lone Elm, Kansas, located in Lone Elm Township of southeast Anderson County, is officially an extinct town because it no longer has a post office. However, as of the 2020 census, its population was 27.

Parallel Road to the Colorado Goldfields - (Legends of Kansas) The Parallel Road was surveyed in 1859, when gold was discovered near Denver, Colorado. This road, which made its way across Kansas, into Nebraska, and Colorado, would be utilized by several stage lines in the following years.

We've added 13 new articles since our last newsletter...

From Legends' Photo Print Shop

Cowboys and Trailblazers Photo Prints - See our selection of images from the historic works of Charles Russel to photographs of old west life. Sizes large to small, frames, mats and more... Great gift ideas for the upcoming holidays. And save 20% when you use coupon code 2022 at checkout!

Did You Know?

On October 17, 1835, Texas formally constituted the force that has since been known as the Texas Rangers, the second oldest state-level law enforcement agency in the United States. However, the group of experienced frontiersmen actually began in 1823.

Comancheros of the Llano Estacado

The Comancheros were an ethnically mixed group of New Mexican traders who made their living by trading with the Comanche, Kiowa, and other Plains tribes in the late 18th and 19th centuries mostly in northeastern New Mexico and West Texas. They gained their name because they traded primarily with the fierce Comanche tribe.

From Legends' General Store

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Nuwati Herbal 2-ounce teas make approximately 20 to 25 cups, based upon using a level tablespoon. Nuwati Teas can be mixed together as long as their use is not in conflict with each other. For instance, we do not suggest you combine an energy tea with tea for relaxation.

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Black Jack Ketchum

Thomas Edward “Black Jack” Ketchum, born on October 31, 1863, was the only person ever hanged in Union County, New Mexico. He was also the only person who suffered capital punishment for the offense of “felonious assault upon a railway train” in the State of New Mexico. A charge later found to be unconstitutional. Too bad he already lost his head... (trigger warning, we have photos)

Haunted Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City

The Skirvin Hotel, built in 1910 by oilman W.B. Skirvin, opened its doors in 1911. The plush hotel had two 10-story towers containing 224 rooms, and was one of the first buildings in Oklahoma City. In more recent years, the hotel has undergone extensive renovation, but something from the past remains.

Find out why the New York Knicks NBA team said their "game was off" after staying here in 2010.

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 Read Red Cloud – Lakota Warrior & Statesman, by Charles Eastman, 1918.

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Meet Billy Dixon – Texas Plains Pioneer

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