Subject: Legends of America - February 2019 Newsletter

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Legends of America Newsletter - February 2019
I don't have much to add to this months newsletter. Our home is Missouri is a mucky, snowy mess and Facebook keeps reminding us of where we were in February's past, which is fun and frustrating at the same time. At least it is showing us images from warmer places. One trip that is coming up the most is our 2015 Winter adventure to Death Valley.

Loved that trip as it took us along Route 66 through New Mexico and Arizona before venturing off to the desert. We saw so many things that year, from the Painted Desert to Fort Bowie on the way home. I’ve enjoyed re-visiting through Facebook Memories, however, in a way I’m glad February is almost over.

You can see all our images from Death Valley here in our Photo Print Shop. Read all about Death Valley in our many articles linked here.

In the meantime, Kathy deals with staying home in the Winter by obsessing as usual. This year it’s an expansion of our articles on Spanish Missions. I’ve linked a few in the What’s New section below. For all the rest be sure to visit our latest additions through our What’s New page

Dave "slushing through February" Alexander
What's New on LOA

Here are a few of the latest additions since our last newsletter. For all new additions be sure to visit our What's New Page
Captain William Kid – Best Known Privateer – Captain William Kidd was a 17th-century Scottish sailor who became one of the best-known privateers of his time. He was later hanged for piracy.

Bennington Triangle, Vermont – The Bennington Triangle centered around Glastenbury Mountain in Vermont, has is for strange events including UFOs, bigfoot sightings, and missing people.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia – Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is well known for several reasons. – It was expensive, radical, and said to be haunted.
Haunted Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City – Once called the “Bloodiest 47 acres in America”, the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City is said to be extremely haunted.

Andersonville Prison of the Civil War – The Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville, Georgia was one of the largest Confederate military prisons during the Civil War.

President Roosevelt’s New Deal – The New Deal was a series of programs, public work projects, and financial reforms enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

Queen Liliuokalani – Last Royal Ruler of Hawaii – Queen Liliuokalani, the last sovereign ruler of Hawaii ruled from January 29, 1891, until the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii on January 17, 1893.

Roanoke Island Settlement & the Lost Colony – The Roanoke Colony was the first attempt at founding a permanent English settlement in North America.
Significance of Spanish Missions in America – Spanish colonial missions in North America are significant because so many were established and they had lasting effects on the cultural landscape.

Life in the Spanish Missions – The histories of life in the Spanish Missions are both controversial and romanticized and have long influenced our views of Spanish colonial heritage.

Spanish Missions Architecture and Preservation – Spanish Missions are rich cultural landscapes that span the spectrum from isolated and quickly abandoned chapels to comprehensive, self-sustaining towns.
These are just a few of the latest additions to our website. We've added 38 articles since our last newsletter. 
Did You Know?
Even though slavery existed throughout the original 13 colonies, nearly all the northern states, inspired by American independence, abolished slavery by 1804. As a matter of conscience, some southern slaveholders also freed their slaves or permitted them to purchase their freedom. Until the early 1800s, many southern states allowed these manumissions to legally take place. Although the Federal Government outlawed the overseas slave trade in 1808, the southern enslaved African-American population continued to grow.
More Black History Month Articles
"Riding" on the Underground Railroad - (Historic Text) On the Underground Railroad by Levi Coffin, the unofficial President of the Underground Railroad, 1850.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary – Mary Ann Shadd Cary was an African American activist, writer, teacher, lawyer, and journalist in the mid-1800s. She was also the first African American Publisher in the U.S. and Canada.

George Washington Carver – Scientist, Educator, Inventor - Born to slave parents, George Washington Carver's thirst for knowledge would leave an incredible legacy.

C.J. Walker – Blazing a Path in Business for Women - Born to newly freed slaves, Sarah Breedlove would make a name for herself, despite adversity, and blaze a trail for women in business.

Nat Love, aka: Deadwood Dick – Born as a slave in Tennessee, Nat Love would grow up to be one of the most famous cowboys in the Old West.
Featured Travel - Bent's Fort, CO
In September of 2009, we followed a bit of the Santa Fe Trail and found ourselves at a reconstructed fur trading post.

Situated on the north bank of the Arkansas River in southeastern Colorado, this non-military fort was one of the most significant outposts on the Santa Fe Trail and as the principal outpost of American civilization on the southwestern Plains, it was instrumental in shaping the destiny of the area. In the heart of Indian country, buffalo hunting grounds and at the crossroads of key overland routes, it was a fur trading center and rendezvous point for traders and Indians; a way station and supply center for emigrants and caravans; and the chief point of contact and cultural transmission between white settlers and Indians of the southern Plains. In its later years, it was a military staging base for the U.S. conquest of New Mexico.

Popular on Facebook 

In case you missed's some articles that have received the most interaction on our Facebook fan pages over the past month. 

Shamrock – Oil Boom & Bust - Once a booming oil town with as many as 10,000, Shamrock, OK now sits fading with only about 100 residents, crumbling foundations and long closed businesses.

Native American and Other Ancient Remedies - For thousands of years Native Americans have used herbs to, not only heal the body but, also to purify the spirit and bring balance into their lives and their surroundings.

(From our primary Legends' Facebook Page)
Laura Ingalls Wilder - Born February 7, 1867, Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder is a celebrated American Author whose childhood in the Old West led her to write a series of what are known as the “Little House” books.

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What Our Readers are saying: 

What a lifestyle! And full of adventures. - Barb (Reference In A Trapper’s Bivouac, by Henry Inman and William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, 1898.)

Very interesting! I've never heard of this area before. Thank you. - Dennis (Reference: Bridgewater Triangle, Massachusetts)

It would be interesting to know the age of the participants in these gun fights. My grandfather told me stories like this. He was born in 1869 so he would have been too young to have known much about this one. He and his brothers crossed over into OK in 1892 I think, there they homesteaded in Alva OK. Sure wish I had of asked more questions when I had the chance. - Martin (Reference: Hyde Park Gunfight, Newton, Ks)

My favorite seen as a child skipping school to spend a day on the road with my traveling salesman father: Don’t lose your head to save a minute, you need your head, your brains are in it. Burma Shave. - Craig (Reference: Where are the Burma Shave Signs?)

This is a huge testament to the strength and fortitude of people that because of a dream pushed through the hardest of times to better themselves at all cost.. it is so hard for me to believe that an individual could up and move with literally nothing but the clothes on your back with your family and start from a dugout here with some of the toughest weather and build so much and become so successful. - Richard (Reference: Nicodemus - A Black Pioneer Town)

Have been to Chloride many times in the past four years. Always stop at the Pioneer museum and visit with the wonderful people there. Have eaten at the cafe which used to be the bank. Even went up to step hill to walk through the cemetery. My husband even took a picture of a headstone which read killed by Indian. Great place to explore and hear the stories from residents who operate the general store. Great and well worth the adventure! - Karen (Reference: Chloride, New Mexico – Center of the Apache Mining District)

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