Subject: Happy Birthday to Us! Legends of America Celebrates 17 years (June Newsletter)

Legends of Kansas, United States Facts, Trivia, & Firsts, Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway and more!

Legends of America Newsletter - June 2020

In this newsletter:

  • It's a Celebration!

  • Legends of Kansas

  • United States Facts, Trivia, & Firsts

  • Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

and much more!

Legends of America Celebrates 17 Years

June is always a celebration for Kathy and I. It's not only our wedding anniversary month but also Legends Of America's "birth month", June 27, 2003. Some reading this newsletter have been with us from the early beginnings, and have watched Kathy's obsession grow. The gratitude we have for all our readers is off the charts. Over the past 12 months, more than 4.5 million have visited our corner of the world, and we are blessed to count you among them, Friend.

I would love to tell you we are going to head out on another grand adventure, but our plans are still on hold, for all the reasons you already know. We did take a journey into Kansas in May, and boy was it a doozy. We were prepped for travel in a pandemic; masks, disinfectant wipes, a travel path that for the most part steered clear of bigger populations with lots of history to explore. What we were not prepared for was Kathy's emergency appendectomy just a couple of days in at the small town of Belleville.

God was watching over us that night, as they have a hospital, and there was a surgeon close by. What a horrid experience for Kathy, and watching her through a door walking away, knowing there was nothing I could do but sit in the parking lot was horrid as well.

They let her keep her cell phone though, and as luck would have it, I was on mine with the doctor the first time she tried to call. She had already been given the happy juice, so when she left the message "hello dave I’m probably gonna go to sleep now. Okay bye okay bye”, my iPhone didn't quite get it right, and I was greeted with this transcription...

I'll be honest, with several grandchildren and golden years on the horizon, there was a brief moment of contemplation.

Stay safe friends, Celebrate our Great Nation's Independence in peace with loved ones.


Dave "how fast can I hitch up the trailer and run" Alexander.

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What's New on LOA

Here are the recent additions since our last newsletter. It's a lot about our "Legends Of Kansas" website as we continue its upgrade.

Downtown Paxico

Paxico - (From our Legends Of Kansas website) Paxico, Kansas is a small town located on Mill Creek in Wabaunsee County, Kansas. A fine example of a rural market town established during the period of rural-agricultural dominance (1865-1900) in Kansas history, Paxico’s Historic District displays a number of well-kept and restored buildings from this era.

Robert Hall Pearson - Founder of Palmyra –  (From our Legends Of Kansas website) Robert Hall Pearson was one of the first settlers in Palmyra Township of Douglas County in what would later become Baldwin City, Kansas.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway – The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF), more often simply referred to as the “Santa Fe Railroad,” was first chartered by the Kansas Territorial Legislature in February 1859 and called the Atchison-Topeka Railroad.

Cyrus K. Holliday - First Kansas Railroader (From our Legends Of Kansas website) Cyrus Kurtz Holliday was a capitalist and railroad builder who made his dream come true when he established the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.

King at the White House, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil Rights Activist & Hero – Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and equal rights activist who was the most visible spokesperson and leader of the American Civil Rights Movement,

promoting "peaceful" protest from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.

Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont – Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont was a French explorer who documented his travels on the Missouri and Platte Rivers in North America and made the first European maps of these areas in the early 18th century.

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Did You Know?

Declartion of Independence

The Founding Fathers penned the first couple of drafts of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper since at the time at least 75 percent of all the world’s paper was made from cannabis hemp fiber.

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Off Beat Roadside Attractions, Trivia, & More

Found in Guffey, Colorado

Roadside stops, strange statues, larger than life items, gimmicky signs, quirky architecture — popping up along America’s roads and highways, often bring drivers to a screeching halt, a quick turn around, or, at the very least, an expletive — “what in the hell was that?”

Venture into the Quirky

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Road Trip - Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, New Mexico

Enchanted Circle Map

The most popular day trip in Northern New Mexico is the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. Circling Wheeler Peak, this 84-mile trip connects Eagle Nest, Angel Fire, Taos, and Red River. Mt. Wheeler is the tallest mountain in New Mexico, rising to an altitude of 13,161 feet. The drive offers spectacular scenery, rugged backcountry, mountain trails, camping facilities, streams, lakes and a peek at New Mexico’s history.

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Popular Stories on Facebook

In case you missed it, here are some of the articles that have been popular on our Facebook Fan Pages recently.

Jay Em, Wyoming - Emerson via Flicker

Jay Em, Wyoming – Barely Holding On - The land around the townsite was originally claimed by James Moore, a former Pony Express rider and rancher in the 1860s.

Rain-in-the-Face  1906

Rain-in-the-Face – Strategic Sioux Warrior - Sioux warrior, Rain-in-the-Face, sat down with author Charles Eastman about two months before his death and discussed his crucial part in the Battle of Little Big Horn, June 25, 1876.

Growth of our Flag

The United States Flag – History & Facts - On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed a resolution establishing an official flag for the new nation.

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What our Readers are saying:

Looks like you two have found some real treasures; Keep up the good work! Amanda (Ref: Americana Photo Print Gallery )

My hometown.First job at Fort Courage as a waitress. Lots of Great memories. Thank you for sharing. - Brenda (Ref Houck, AZ Home of Fort Courage )

My Grandfather, Henry C. Lenz and his family lived in Jay Em. I love the history of this little town. There is a cemetery where members of my family are buried. That you for this story. Gloria (Ref: Jay Em, Wyoming – Barely Holding On )

Thank you for the information, I appreciate it. I am full Navajo and needed info on “vision quests” for I am in a pivotal moment in my life and I need to resort back to the old ways before I continue on with my life. - Dean (Ref: Native American Rituals and Ceremonies)

I just discovered many of these signs along highway 101 S near Beaver, OR. Probably could see them on Google Earth. Thanks for solving the mystery. Ashley (Ref: Where are the Burma Shave Signs?)

My family made annual trips to Borger, Texas in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. We left Peoria County Illinois and couldn’t wait to reach Buffalo Ranch. Of all the miles we traveled this was our favorite stop. D. (Ref: Afton, Oklahoma - Fading into History)

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