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Legends of America Newsletter - December 2019
In this Edition
  • What's new special - Off the Grid (Our Friend Albert)
  • The Valentine Diner
  • Mushroom Towns of the American West
  • Happy Birthday Kit
Hey Y'all! Yes it's me, getting my twang ready for Christmas – we're headed to Texas for a little family fun and of course, added stops to see some sites and, if we get lucky, find some ghost towns.

No huge holiday plans, we're keeping it simple. Our big “deal” is to individually go to the $1 Store, buy a bag and fill it with $9 of $1 trinkets and trash, then open our “stocking” to ooh and awe over each little treasure, taste each little bit of candy, and trade with each other over the “best stuff”. Oh, yeah, and my sister loves it when we cook for her.

We've had our ups and downs this year – both business and personal. Most recently, shingles have transplanted themselves from the roof to my my chest and my back. Danged old zoster virus is a real pain in the arse. Sucks getting older, but...  I'll laugh and take it over the alternative.

We're looking forward to a great new year. You'll see a few changes in format on the website, but should affect very little and we're looking forward to some new trips. Tentatively planned is an extended journey to the northeast. Dying to see New York City again and several historic sites in New England.
Otherwise, all good at Fort Alexander. One more little holiday task. Must shop for the mascots - Kaydee and Riley. They always get a few new toys and treats before the holiday and make us belly laugh with their antics and "arguing".

Merry Christmas to all and a happy new year.

Computer Nerd with eye strain and an itchy back

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What's New - Special Edition

Dave has always wanted to tell our readers more about our good friend Albert Hall who lives in the mountains of Montana.  It would take a book to share all the stories we know. He's led an adventurous life worth telling, so we thought we would give you a glimpse. 
Off the Grid - Our Friend Albert

Albert Hall, a former educator, lawman, and veteran lives in the mountains of Montana, just over the Continental Divide, in a cabin between BLM land and surrounded by the Helena National Forest. Hall isn’t what some would call a true “Mountain Man”. He doesn’t hunt for his food and enjoys some modern conveniences. But Albert does live off the grid, a few miles from the mining ghost town of Marysville, and his lifestyle and adventures are a testament to the true grit of American perseverance only freedom can afford.

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Did You Know?

  • According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are 140 towns and cities in the U.S. that have the word “Christmas” in their names.
  • Every second, Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate.
  • Jimmy Carter Was the First President Born in a Hospital.
Valentine Diners Along the Mother Road and Beyond

Before the days when busy streets were lined with the fast-food chains of McDonald's, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Taco Bell, there were literally hundreds of all American Mom and Pop Diners. One of the most popular varieties of these old-time diners was the Valentine Diner.

This is the ultimate guide for finding and exploring the Route driving from the WEST or the EAST. Its maps and directions are comprehensive yet easy to follow. The spiral-bound guide stays open to the pages you are reading while you are driving or riding. Also includes attractions, tips, other sources, and games. Convenient 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 216 page, paperback format.

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Mushroom Towns of the American West
(Historic Text from Randall Parish, 1907) - An interesting phenomenon of Plains settlement, perhaps without parallel elsewhere, were those strange towns which sprang up in a night wherever the advancing railway paused, and which passed away as suddenly with the further extension of the rails, leaving scarcely a trace behind. The peculiarity of the conditions under which these earliest overland roads were constructed made such mushroom towns inevitable and the nature of their population served to render them sufficiently picturesque.
Kit Carson – Legend of the Southwest
Born December 24, 1809American frontiersman, trapper, soldier and guide, Christopher Carson, better known as Kit Carson, is one of the great heroes of the Old West. During the early 1800s, Carson was a legendary mountain man and free trader in the American Southwest, having gained renown for his fur trade and trail-blazing efforts in New Mexico and westward to California. He served as a United States military guide, an American Indian agent, and a celebrated aide during the Mexican-American War. His extensive travels and experience tell a story of not just one man, but of many peoples and cultures throughout the area of what would become the Southwestern United States.
From the wild and woolly mining camps to the rampages of the Civil War, to the many cowboys riding on the range, those frontier folks often used terms and phrases that are no longer used in everyday language today. 

From the pages of period newspapers, books, and century-old dictionaries comes the slang, lingo, and phrases of the American Frontier. Even if you're not looking for a definition, you'll get a peek into the charm and character of a historic era.

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Granite – Montana’s Silver Queen - Four miles up Granite Mountain, southeast of Phillipsburg was one of the largest silver mining camps in Montana. The town once boasted more than 3,000 residents. Today it is a Montana State Park.

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Oklahoma - Here once stood the Southern Cheyenne village of Chief Black Kettle that was attacked by Lieutenant Colonel George Custer on November 27, 1868.

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Mining the Investor in Arizona- "However rich Arizona mines have been, there is a suspicion that, before the days of copper, their net proceeds would hardly equal the amount of money furnished by ignorant investors.." James McClintock 1913.

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What Our Readers are saying: 

Thanks for the lovely article about D’Hanis. I spent many summers there staying & exploring with my great grandmother, Mary E. Huegele. My great great uncle, John Nester, established the D’Hanis Brick & Tile Co., as well as the Country Mart. It’s always nice to read about the legacy of previous generations. Audrey (Ref: D'Hanis Texas - French Colony of the Republic)

I am now a 75 year old female. I am the youngest of 8 children. When I was way, way younger, we went on vacation in the summer. One year, we would drive to Indiana, to spend a week or so with my Dad’s family. The next year we would go to Canada. On our drive to Indiana, we saw the signs for Burma Shave. We so looked forward to those. They were miles apart, but that was the fun of them. I have four children, and ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. We have talked about these signs often, and the wonderful memories we three children, who are left of our family, have of these fun trips we have taken. Thank You. Judith (Ref: Where are the Burma Shave Signs?)

Best job I have ever seen on a Billy the Kid story. I know it wasn’t the whole story or everyone’s version of the story. I’ve read those, too. But, yours I have liked even better...I think your story made me imagine that he really did have a great future. I think that it may have even been in New Mexico. Right under their noses. Misty (Ref: The Real Billy, by Terri Meeker)

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