Subject: Legends Of America Newsletter - May 2020

Lost Treasure, Bucket List Travel, Native American Symbols, Pontiac on the Mother Road and more!

Legends of America Newsletter - May 2020

In this newsletter:

  • Lost Treasure in Colorado

  • Bucket List Travel

  • Native American Symbols

  • Pontiac on the Mother Road

and much more

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April Morn, 2020

April is gone and this is the first time since March we've had the time to send out a newsletter. It's a month that a few of us would just like to forget LOL. For us, it was a lot of techy stuff, or as Kathy calls it, "Dog 7s" (when we met, that's what she called cat 5 cables). We moved to a new web server and hosting provider, which ate up half my month with a learning curve. Of course, I didn't accomplish it without completely taking us offline for a few hours (oops). Lesson learned, don't delete things you aren't sure about, especially when it involves telling the world where your website is.

One thing about being on the same web server for so many years are all the tweaks you did to make it work. Still tweaking things on the new server, but so far so good. In the process, we've started remodeling our other website, Legends of Kansas, which is long overdue. We hope that all the changes will improve your time on our pages, and we'll be doing additional improvements soon to speed things up more.

Of course, we observed the "stay at home" order in Missouri just fine, and I'm happy to report we have toilet paper. I'm looking forward to things getting back to normal, or whatever the new normal will be. We are still looking at a summer adventure to share with y'all, but it may not be what we originally planned, which was the Northeast. I'm sure Kathy will figure out someplace that's "safe" to go, and we'll keep our distance as we explore. Having a travel trailer helps.

Kathy and I thank each and every one of you for your continued support over the past 16 years (17 this June!). We wish you all prosperity in the world's recovery, and look to a bright future ahead! Now go wash your hands, you have no idea where I've been.

Dave "What does this setting do?" Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are the recent additions since our last newsletter

Painting from the inside of Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde, by Frederick DuMond.

Lost Treasure in Southern Colorado in 1910 – Artist Frederick M. DuMond tells a story of finding Native American treasures in southern Colorado, only to never find it again. Historic text, submitted by author Richard Panofsky, DuMond’s great-grandson.

Bucket List Attraction in Each State – There are great places to see in every state. This is a list of those that many authorities count as the best ones.

Learning Opportunities

Kathy's focused on some Geography and more as we expand our Learning Opportunities. 

United States Maps – Maps, while recognized as “the most important tool in geography” are also a popular and effective resource for teaching history and can extend into many other subjects including science and literature.

State Capitols in the United States – A summary of each state capital city in all 50 states of the U.S. Includes a free downloadable map.

The United States Flag – History & Facts – The flag acts were clear as to what was to appear on the flag and the colors that were to be used, but not how they should be arranged.

United States Wildlife – In the United States, wildlife is as diverse as the landscape.

Washington Geography – Washington, in the extreme northwestern comer of the United States was formed from part of the Oregon Territory in 1853 and became the 42nd state. (includes printable maps)

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US Symbols

The U.S. Poster displays all of the official United States symbols as well as other well-recognized icons across the country. This map poster was exclusively designed by and for Legends of America. Size 11x17" is printed on semi-glossy, 48 lb paper. Made right here in Missouri, USA! Take 10% with coupon code "News10" in cart view.

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Did You Know?

Amana Colony – The Community of True Inspiration

Amana Colonies Heritage Museum, Kathy Weiser-Alexander, 2014.

From our 2014 Journey through Iowa...

The Amana Colony, a historic utopian society located in the rolling hills of Iowa’s River Valley, was established shortly before the Civil War by a group of German-speaking European settlers who belonged to a religious group known as the Community of True Inspiration. Here, they began a communal system of living in seven different villages, which encompassed over 20,000 acres of land.

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A Day’s Drive With Montana Cowboys

By Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum, 1885

Softly outlined in dark masses, a wall in the east against the clear sky, over which the first faint flush of early morning is slowly stealing, height upon height, rise the mountains. Gray in the shadow of still lingering night, the wide plain stretches at their feet. In the blue dome above, the stars, going to rest after their nocturnal vigil over the slumbering earth, extinguish their shining lanterns one by one, and the moon, veiling her mild face in the fleecy folds of a soft, low-lying white cloud, is slowly sinking below the horizon, as if fleeing in maiden modesty before the ardent gaze of the coming sun god.

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Native American Symbols, Pictographs & Petroglyphs

Symbols on hide at Mandan Village in North Dakota

Native American symbols were like words and often had one or more definitions and/or contained different connotations. Varying from tribe to tribe, it can sometimes be difficult to know their meanings, while other symbols are very clear. With the multiple languages spoken by Native American tribes, symbols or “picture writing” was often used to convey words and ideas. Symbols were also used to decorate homes, were painted on buffalo hides, and recorded important events of the tribe.


Pontiac, Illinois – City of Swinging Bridges

Pontiac 66 Mural

One of Route 66’s Red Carpet Corridor Communities, Pontiac has much to offer for the Route 66 Roadie and the history buff alike.

Prior to the coming of white men, the plains around Pontiac were home to Illinois, Potawatomi, and Kickapoo Indians. There were a few traders of European descent who traveled through the territories prior to the arrival of the first settlers in about 1829. Livingston County was established by an act of the Illinois congress in February of 1837 and within no time, a commission met and selected a site that was owned by three early Pontiac settlers.

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