Subject: Legends of America - January 2020 - Happy New Year!

Catch 'Em Alive Jack, The First Native Physician, Go West on the Oregon Trail, Texas Road Trip, What's New & More!

Legends of America Newsletter - January 2020

In this newsletter:

  • Catch 'Em Alive Jack

  • The First Native Physician

  • Go West on the Oregon Trail

  • Texas Road Trip

  • What's New & More!

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About Us

Well, that wasn't expected... our planned trip to Texas over the holiday hit a bump. Actually, quite a few bumps. Apparently, I never had Chickenpox as a youngin. So, Kathy and I spent some long, quality time alone, her with Shingles, and me looking like someone with the plague.

That's alright though, we took advantage of the quarantine to tweak our website. You'll be seeing some changes in the way pages look, videos that you can enjoy while you read, and we hope a new direction that will allow us to grow even bigger in the year to come. If you see an article that doesn't look right with our new layout, please let us know. We'll be adjusting pages as needed to make sure they fit with our changes.

As we enter a new decade, Kathy and I are truly blessed to have you as a reader Friend. Some of you have been with us for almost 17 years. We'll work hard to keep you as a reader for years to come.

Happy New Year!

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

It's the Law

James B. Hume - California Lawman & Detective - James B. Hume was miner, trader, and lawman in California after the Gold Rush began, but left his mark on history as a Wells Fargo detective who captured stagecoach robbers such as Black Bart.

John R. Abernathy - Wolf Catcher & Lawman - John "Jack" R. Abernathy, also known as the Wolf Catcher and Catch 'Em Alive Jack, was the youngest and last U.S. Deputy Marshal in Oklahoma Territory, serving from 1906 to 1910.

John Barclay Armstrong - Texas Lawman - John B. Armstrong, III was a soldier, rancher, Texas Ranger, and U.S. Deputy Marshal who established the Armstrong Ranch still in operation today.

The unruly

Neil Howie - Lawman and Vigilante - Neil Howie was a territorial lawman in Montana who often worked with Montana Vigilantes to rid the territory of outlaws.

Fannie Echols - First Woman Sentenced to Hang at Fort Smith - Fannie Echols was the first woman convicted of a capital crime in the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas.

Train Robberies of America - After the Civil War, train robberies began in earnest and lasted up until the 1930s.

Treasure Tales

Fort Sill, Oklahoma Lost Payroll - In June 1892, a payroll stagecoach was making its way from Wichita Falls, Texas to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, carrying nearly $100,000 in gold and silver coins. Is it still on fort grounds?

Ghost Towns

Hunnewell, Kansas - Cow Town to Ghost Town - In the 1880s, Hunnewell, Kansas flourished as a busy shipping point for Texas cattle and like other Kansas Cowtowns, had a bawdy reputation for a time.

Route 66

Bridgeport, Oklahoma  -Fording the Canadian River - Bridgeport, Oklahoma, a ghost town in northeastern Caddo County, was once a busy city located on Route 66.

Calumet, Oklahoma  - An Old Stretch of Route 66 - Heading west from El Reno, Oklahoma on Route 66, this earliest alignment (1926-1934) of the Mother Road travels through a number of small towns that show the obvious suffering that results from superhighways bypassing small towns.

Travel Tips

Peaceful Retreat - Keep Your Kids Happy During Vacation - Most kids, especially young ones, don’t relish being cooped up in an airplane cabin or a car for hours on end. Here are some tips to help from Daniel Sherwin at DadSolo.

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Did You Know?

Greetings from Kansas

Happy Birthday to the Sunflower State!

Our former home state was admitted to the Union on January 29, 1861. Kansas, located in the center of the nation, has a long history associated with the Westward Expansion of America. When Kansas Territory was created in 1854, it became the center of a struggle between abolitionists and pro-slavery advocates leading to what was known as Bleeding Kansas.

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Susan La Flesche Picotte – First Native Physician

Susan La Flesche Picotte – First Native Physician

Born June 17, 1865, Susan La Flesche would become the first Native American in the United States to receive a medical degree as a doctor. The youngest of four daughters, Susan’s father was Omaha tribe Chief Joseph La Flesche, a.k.a. Iron Eye. Chief La Flesche and his wife Waoo-Winchatcha, a.k.a. Mary Gale, were of mixed race who raised their children to assimilate to both Native and white cultures.

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Oregon Trail – Pathway to the West

The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail became one of the key migration routes that pioneers crossed on their way to the vast west. Spanning over half the continent the trail proceeded over 2,170 miles west through territories that would later become Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. The long journey through endless plains, rolling hills, and mountain passes, began in Independence, Missouri and ended at the Columbia River in Oregon.

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Road Trip! Pecos Heritage Trail, Texas

Pecos Trail

Trekking along the Pecos Trail provides visitors with a diverse landscape, including sand dunes, underground caverns, spring-fed pools, numerous rivers and creeks, lakes and much more. At some 1,356 miles in length, it will also take a little time to cover the region that encompasses 22 counties, seven state parks, dozens of towns, and hundreds of historical, cultural, natural, and recreational destinations.

Load up and Head Out

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Marysville Montana

Marysville – Home of the Drumlummon Mine - Sitting just four miles below the Continental Divide and some 25 miles northwest of Helena, Montana is the once-thriving mining camp of Marysville.

Wounded Knee Massacre - December 29, 1890, the tragic Wounded Knee Massacre would end nearly four centuries of warfare between westward-bound Americans and indigenous peoples on the North American Continent, leaving over 150 Native American casualties.

Talbot Cowboy Shootout in Caldwell Kansas

Talbot Cowboy Shootout - December 17, 1881, The Talbot Cowboy Shootout in Caldwell, Kansas, which lasted long enough for a hardware store to pass out guns and ammunition to townspeople, left two men dead and not a lot of justice.

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What our Readers are saying:

I just saw Hell On The Border as one of the listings of On Demand in looking for a movie to watch soon and was intrigued by the preview so looked him up to read this article and I am blown away and fascinated by him ! We could use thousands of Bass Reeves in this world now !! What a great man ! - Karen (Ref: Bass Reeves - Black Hero Marshal)

I enjoyed reading that story, Kathy, I never heard of a 2 story cabin before. Great job, as usual! - Loretta (Ref: Jim Baker - Frontiersman of the West)

Albert, I love your history and you following your desire to live off the grid. I am sad for you to have to move into town wherever that is due to age and declining ability to be able to stay where you are. Good luck in these years to come. Hope you can be happy wherever you are. Hugs, Carla (Ref: Off the Grid - Our Friend Albert)

Kathy, I wanted to compliment you on your web page about the Shawnee Tribe. I am a member of the Shawnee Tribe and am doing a project for our Shawnee Cultural Center and came across your page while researching some information on William Penn. I read through your site and think you did a great job with explaining the Shawnee history. My family was part of many of the things you discuss... Thanks for providing it to everyone. - Jim (Ref: The Shawnee Indian Tribe)

HI there! And Happy New Year! Just wanted to say I found your site the other day. And have really enjoyed reading about the Old West. I’m running a western themed roleplaying game and your site is full of good stuff that adds flavor to the campaign. Thanks! And have a great 2020. - Steve

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