Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - April 2022 "There is no sweeter pleasure than wandering aimlessly about." -- Marty Rubin

Quest for Treasure on the Missouri, Aliens & Outlaws (2008 Adventure), Cynthia Ann Parker, & Memories of more past adventures

Legends of America Newsletter - April 2022

In this newsletter:

  • Quest for Treasure on the Missouri

  • Aliens & Outlaws (2008 Adventure)

  • Cynthia Ann Parker

  • Memories of more past adventures

and much more!

"There is no sweeter pleasure than wandering aimlessly about." -- Marty Rubin

I don't think I've ever heard that quote before, but it really does describe Kathy and me sometimes. Well, all the time actually. Kathy is the type that says "Let's go here, but we'll wander over there and there and find a back road to here."

I can think of many trips where it felt like we were just aimlessly wandering, but one that sticks out in my mind is our 2014 Adventure through Iowa, into Wisconsin, and then on into Michigan. Here are three of our Travel Blogs from that trip where Kathy and I really didn't have any agenda, other than wandering aimlessly about.

In August of 2014, we 'strolled' through Iowa to Wisconsin, finding a Field of Dreams, Fur Trade on the Mississippi, and the Great River Road.

There is some great history all around this area of Wisconsin, many towns built on the riches of the lumber industry. Fond du Lac is not that far west of Lake Michigan, so we hit Sheboygan, Manitowoc, then over to Lake Winnebago, and more.

After leaving Fond du Lac, we were ready for a more scenic RV Park, and we found one near Brussels Wisconsin in Door County. From there we explored up and down both sides of Door Peninsula to take in the sights of Green Bay and Lake Michigan in between rains.

Some great memories from that trip. We'll continue to share our future travels and past adventures as long as we can wander.


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What's New on LOA

We've published 14 additions since our last newsletter, including two submissions from other authors. Here are just a few.

Pitty Pat Hollow – Tennessee Lore – Submitted by author Curtis Coulter, the pitty-pat is a shadowy creature that has inhabited that area since the late 1860s and has been the subject of ridicule, however, for many people who have encountered the pitty-pat, there is a sense of total belief and fear in its existence.

Quest for Treasure in the Missouri River – Author Jerry Walker Sr. brings us the true story of the unsuccessful attempt at raising the sunken boat, the Pontiac, from the Missouri River in the 1880s.

William Comstock – Ace of Scouts – William Comstock, a scout on the central plains in the days of the Old West, was celebrated by contemporaries for his skills but was killed in the line of duty.

New on Legends of Kansas

Bazaar, Kansas (Legends of Kansas) Bazaar, Kansas is an unincorporated ghost town located in the picturesque Flint Hills of Chase County. One of the oldest towns in the county, the settlement got its start in March 1856 on Rock Creek on an old trail that ran south from Cottonwood Falls.

Tall Grass Prairie Preserve – (Legends of Kansas) Located in the Flint Hills, two miles north of Strong City, Kansas, this 10,894-acre portion of the once vast tall grass prairie is preserved for this generation’s benefit, education, and enjoyment.

Rapp Schoolhouse (Legends of Kansas) The old Rapp Schoolhouse in Osage County, Kansas, is one of the few, if not the only one-room eight-grade schoolhouses in the state that still has its original desks and textbooks.

From vintage photos of the Old West and Native Americans, to Ghost Towns and Travel Destinations, you'll find hundreds of images for photo prints ranging from small 5x7 to large 24x36. And you can save 20% off ALL PRINTS. Use Coupon Code 2022 during checkout.

Did You Know?

On May 16, 1842, the first organized wagon train on the Oregon Trail set out from Elm Grove, Missouri, with more than 100 pioneers. On May 22, 1843, with up to 1,000 settlers, livestock, and more, the Great Migration departed to follow the same route from Independence, Missouri, arriving in the Willamette Valley in a massive wagon train. Hundreds of thousands more would follow, especially after gold was discovered in California in 1849.

More Travel Memories!

Aliens & Outlaws – Our 2008 Adventure in Southern New Mexico – (Travel Blog) In February 2008, while Dave was still working in the corporate world, we took a flight out to El Paso from Missouri, rented a Jeep, and traveled through history in Southern New Mexico.

Cynthia Ann Parker – White Woman in a Comanche World

On May 19, 1836, Fort Parker, Texas was attacked by Comanche warriors, along with allies from the Kiowa and Kichai tribes. 11-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped and would go on to become the mother of Quanah, who is called the ‘last Comanche Chief’.

Medicine Wheel & the Four Directions

Native Americans have a deep connection to nature that is referenced in helping establish and maintain balance, health, and wellness. Nature is referred to as “Mother Earth” and because of her significance, she has been adopted into numerous customs and traditions. One example of this concept is the medicine wheel, which symbolically represents perfection as well as the circle of life.

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The sale of town lots began on April 15, 1855, with some going for as much as $2,000. The town immediately flourished on the Missouri River, with a population of over a thousand. Today, there is little is left.

Let's Explore Doniphan, Kansas – River Ghost Town

Hollow Horn Bear, known as Matihehlogego to his people, was a Brule Lakota leader who fought in many of the battles of the Sioux Wars, including the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Here's a quicky on Hollow Horn Bear – Brule Sioux Chief 

Born on April 13, 1866, Robert Leroy Parker was a train and bank robber who led the Wild Bunch gang of outlaws who operated throughout Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

You know him as Butch Cassidy. 

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Thought Nugget from Dave: If everything is now racist, nothing is racist.

As I was sitting here typing this newsletter I received a phone call from a Teacher in another state. They were questioning our inclusion of the phrase "Arabs of the plains" in historic text about the Sioux and Native Peoples of Iowa from 1910.

When I pointed out that it was from over 100 years ago they asked "so you aren't going to remove it? It's Racist!" Well, let's push past the fact I think it is a stretch to say it was racist, and since I'm sure many of you disagree, which I very much respect, I won't argue, too much. However, "erasing" history by changing text written in the early 1900s because the phrase 'offends' is a dangerous direction.

Where is the education in hiding the way people used to talk, etc? Where is the education on this subject without finding out why they were referred to that way? What history had led to the Arabs being thought of negatively? How were they similar to the Sioux at the time? Luckily, before I could fully verbalize that argument the Teacher agreed that it could also be a teachable moment. I say yes, a teachable moment, in which I hope the teacher learns that dilution of the word Racist allows those who truly are to hide behind the massive 'eye roll' from an "outrage" weary public. When everything is racist, nothing is racist.

In my humble opinion,

Dave Alexander

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