Subject: Legends Of America Newsletter - September 2022

Massacre in the Meadows, Old Spanish Trail, The Osage and much more in this month's newsletter.

Legends of America Newsletter - August 2022

In this newsletter:

  • Massacre in the Meadows

  • Old Spanish Trail

  • The Osage

and much more!

Latest from our world

With the dog days of summer behind us, we're prepping for cooler fall weather, catching up from our summer travels, and dreaming of future trails.

Every destination has a path, and this month we're focusing on a few paths that changed the landscape of North America. We'll cover a couple of those in this newsletter, along with more of Kathy's expansion of our other website Legends Of Kansas. We hope everyone's Summer season was full of laughter and adventure. Now bring on the pumpkin spice and candy corn!

Dave, Kathy, & Princess Josephine Esquirrel III (aka Joey Squirrel)

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What's New on LOA

Here are a few of the recent additions since our last newsletter

Charles Preuss - Mapping the Oregon Trail - John C. Frémont's cartographer was the German Immigrant George Karl Ludwig Preuss who helped created the original Oregon Trail Map. Historian and author Stephen Schell writes of his important work and the search for a grave almost lost.

Butterfield Overland Despatch Stage Stations - The first Butterfield Overland Despatch stagecoach left Atchison, Kansas, on Monday, September 11, 1865, and arrived in Denver on Monday, September 23, 1865.

Delano, Kansas - Wicked in Wichita - (Legends of Kansas) Delano, Kansas, once another rowdy Kansas cowtown, is now a historic neighborhood of Wichita in Sedgwick County.

Argentine - Kansas City Neighborhood - (Legends of Kansas) Argentine, Kansas, was formerly a city in Wyandotte County. It was annexed by Kansas City in 1910. Located on the south bank of the Kansas River, three miles from its mouth, this was the site of a former Shawnee Indian reservation.

Beaumont, Kansas - Ghostly in Butler County - (Legends of Kansas) Beaumont, Kansas, is an unincorporated community and semi-ghost town in Glencoe Township of Butler County. It's known for the historic hotel and cafe still in operation.

Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern Kansas Railroad - (Legends of Kansas) The Kansas City, Lawrence, and Southern Kansas Railroad initially went by several other names.

We've added 21 new articles since our last newsletter...

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Did You Know?

On September 11, 1857, approximately 120 men, women, and children in a wagon train from Arkansas were murdered by a band of Mormons set on a holy vengeance. Known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the history of this event continues to generate fierce controversy and deep emotions even to this day.

See our extensive look at the history, victims, assassins, and historical accounts.

Great Indian War & Trading Path

The Great Indian Warpath, also known as the Great Indian War and Trading Path, or the Seneca Trail, was a network of ancient Indian routes with many branches. The Native American trail ran through the Great Appalachian Valley and the Appalachian Mountains through several states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama. It had been a major north-south route of travel since prehistoric times, and parts of the trail are thought to have been used as many as 2,500 years ago when Indian traders from as far away as the Great Lakes, Rocky Mountains, and Mexico traveled parts of the trail.

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Old Spanish Trail

Not nearly as well known as the Oregon or Santa Fe Trails, the Old Spanish Trail was a contemporary of these two more famous trails but was primarily a trade route rather than an emigrant trail, as the path was too rough for wagons.

Put together with pieces of previous routes utilized by the Indians and explorers, this extension of the Santa Fe Trail from Missouri to New Mexico connected Santa Fe with California, playing a major factor in the development of the southern part of the state.

The Osage

[The primary content for this article is an edited rendition of the Osage Indians as told in William G. Cutler’s History of the State of Kansas, first published in 1883.]

Of the Indian nations living north of the Arkansas River and west of the Mississippi River, the Osage were best known to the French during the early years of their occupancy of Louisiana. Claiming lands extending east even to the banks of the Mississippi River, and maintaining friendly intercourse with the Illinois tribe, who dwelt on the opposite shore, the Osage were brought in frequent contact with the French adventurers of Kaskaskia, Natchez and New Orleans.

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