Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - April 2024

Dogwoods in Bloom, Riding the Pony Express, The end of the war, Getting away with murder, and more!!

Legends of America Newsletter - April 2024

In this newsletter:

  • Dogwoods in Bloom

  • Riding the Pony Express

  • The end of the war

  • Getting away with murder

and more!!

Latest from our world

"I’m thinking of getting into elk taxidermy. I hear it’s how you make the big bucks."

Ok, all joking aside, the views were wonderful and the animals colorful during our early April visit to Missouri's own Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.

Read more about this privately owned, 10,000-acre park that brings Missourians close to nature. Here's our Travel Photo Blog.

In the meantime, we're settling in for what we hope will be a beautiful spring here on the Lake of the Ozarks. We hope this season finds you exploring the amazing views across America.

Kathy and I truly appreciate you as a reader. Thank you for all your support.

"Hey Friend, what do you call a Bison who's good at telling lies? A Bluffalo."

Dave "Elk Groaner" Alexander

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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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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

John Wesley Powell - Exploring the Grand Canyon - John Wesley Powell was an American geologist, U.S. Army soldier, and explorer of the American West.

St. Clair's Defeat - Forgotten Disaster of the Indian Wars - When the U.S. Army faced the Western Confederacy of Native Americans during the Northwest Indian War, it suffered "the most decisive defeat in the history of the American military" and its largest defeat ever by Native Americans.

Fugitive Slave Law - The Act was one of the most controversial elements of the 1850 compromise and heightened Northern fears of a slave power conspiracy.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Independence Begins - The story of Philadelphia is the story of the founding of our nation's principles and freedoms a century before the American Revolution.

Baltimore, Maryland -The Monumental City - Baltimore, Maryland, on the Patapsco River close to Chesapeake Bay is the most populous city in the state, with 585,708 people at the 2020 census.

Old Fort Niagara, New York - Old Fort Niagara, New York, also known as the Colonial Niagara Historic District, was a fortification built by New France to protect its interests in North America.

San Diego Presidio, California - El Presidio Real de San Diego is a historic fort in San Diego, California. Today, it commemorates the beginning of the mission effort and European settlement in California and on the Pacific Coast.

Recent Author Submissions

Lobo, King of the Corrumpa - (submitted by Matt Doherty) The story of the North American Grey Wolf named Lobo and how his plight and capture in Corrumpa Valley of New Mexico spurred the start of the conservationist movement.

Getting Away With Murder - (submitted by Daniel R. Seligman) During the mining heyday of Virginia City, Nevada, Deborah Ann Phillips, a proper lady, shot and killed her drunk neighbor and got away with murder.

The History of the Sovereign States of America - (submitted by Wes Littlefield of It wasn't always territories and "united" states. These self-governing states made their own laws, minted coins, waged wars, and conducted foreign policy completely separate from any larger government.

Camp Concordia - POW Camp - (Legends of Kansas) Camp Concordia was a prisoner-of-war (POW) camp in Cloud County, Kansas, operating from 1943 to 1945, about two miles north and one mile east of Concordia. The camp was used primarily for German Army prisoners captured in battles in Africa during World War II.

Shawnee, Kansas – The Gateway to Kansas – (Legends of Kansas) Starting as a Mission to area natives, Shawnee, Kansas, in northern Johnson County, is the seventh-most populous municipality in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

We've added 34 new articles since our last newsletter...

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Did You Know?

From St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, the first successful Pony Express run took place on April 3, 1860. A lone rider on a bay mare galloped from Pike’s Peak Stables in St. Joseph, Missouri, thus inaugurating the famous Pony Express.

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Virginia

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in south-central Virginia commemorates the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia to Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865. For four years, the North and South, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America had been engaged in the bitter and terrible Civil War. The surrender concluded the bloodiest war the United States has ever had; the victory of the Union over the Confederacy sealed the fate of the institution of slavery and ended the question of secession.

Nuwati Herbal Clearance Sale Extended!

We want to clear out some of our overstocked Nuwati Herbal inventory, so we are passing along some of our biggest discounts ever at Legends' General Store.

Save 30% off in-stock Nuwati merchandise when you use coupon code NU30. Save on Balms, Smoke Mix, Soaps, and, of course, TEAS!

Our everyday 10% automatic discount on teas still applies, so on Tea orders, you could save 40% when you use coupon code NU30 in cart view!!

Offer extended through April 30, 2024, on in-stock merchandise from Nuwati Herbals and can not be combined with other coupon codes.

Native American Medicine

With more than 2,000 tribes of indigenous people in North America, the healing practices varied widely from tribe to tribe, involving various rituals, ceremonies, and a diverse wealth of healing knowledge. While there were no absolute healing standards, most tribes believed that health was an expression of the spirit and a continual process of staying strong spiritually, mentally, and physically.

Hackberry, Arizona – A Silver Mining Haven

Hackberry. Arizona, an unincorporated community on Route 66 in Mohave County, started as a silver mining town in 1874. With very few residents and numerous abandoned buildings today, it is a virtual ghost town, but because of Hackberry General Store, filled with relics of a simpler time, it remains a popular destination for Mother Road travelers.

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Fairbank, Arizona, was first called Junction City when it began as a simple stagecoach stop on the way to Tombstone. Later it was called Kendall, before finally becoming an “official” town in May 1883.

[1925 Teacherage house in Fairbank, Arizona, photo by Kathy Alexander, 2007.]

The Nez Perce tribe actually represents many distinct bands with cultural differences that all existed together peacefully, and for that reason, they are usually thought of as being one tribe. In addition, their languages are closely related, all part of the Sahaptian branch of the Penutian language.

[Nez Perce camp in Montana, around 1871]

Born April 10, 1796, James “Jim” Bowie was a frontiersman, explorer, and pioneer who played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the Alamo.

[James Bowie's Death, Illustration by Charles A. Stephens, Wikimedia Commons]

First settled on March 20, 1873, Ulysses Kansas boomed until 1909; after a costly fight to win the county seat, the town loaded all but one building on skids and moved it three miles. All the lots in the old town were deeded back to the East Coast bondholders, and only a masonry school was left behind.

Learn about Ulysses, Kansas – Born Twice and Still Kickin!

[Photo: The Hotel Edwards had to be cut into three sections for moving. Today, it is the only remaining business building moved from the old town that still exists. It now rests on the Grant County Museum grounds, restored to its original appearance.]

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