Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - August 2021

Magical Shrine in New Mexico, General Order No. 11, Dakota War of 1862, 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail and much more...

Legends of America Newsletter - July 2021

In this newsletter:

  • Magical Shrine in New Mexico

  • General Order No. 11

  • Dakota War of 1862

  • 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail

and much more...

Latest from our world

Hi Friend,

We're headed back out on the road to northeastern New Mexico next week. Hoping it will be a lot cooler than our Kansas Trip last month. Being stuck indoors has proven fruitful for catching up on our previous adventures. In this newsletter, you will find a story from our Winter 2021 Journey about the Land of Healing at Chimayó, New Mexico, and enjoy some Big Dam Foolishness from our Kansas exploration.

You'll also notice a change in our website communication as we did away with 'comments' under our articles. More on that at the bottom of this newsletter.

In the meantime, there's a lot to cover, including the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. Thank you for subscribing and enjoy.

Dave Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

El Santuario Shrine Church Interior

From our 2021 Winter in the Southwest:

Chimayó, New Mexico – Land of Healing – El Santuario de Chimayó, north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, attracts hundreds of thousands each year to its alleged healing earth.

Tewa Puebloans – The Tewa people are a group of Pueblo tribes belonging to the Tanoan linguistic family. They historically made their homes on or near the Rio Grande north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Depot in Colby, Kansas.

More from our June Adventure in the Land of Ahhhs...

Colby, Kansas – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) Despite its location, a major drought, and the dust bowl, Colby has held its own in Northwest Kansas as the Thomas County Seat.

Junction City, Kansas – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) It takes its name from its location at the confluence of the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers, which form the Kansas River.

Paola, Kansas – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) By the 1840s, white settlers began to move to the area, and several missionaries lived in and near “Peoria Village.” In 1852, an Italian Priest named Paul D. Ponziglione arrived and renamed the village Paola after a small town on the coast of Calabria, Italy.

Street Railway in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.

More from our Legends of Kansas...

Cottonwood Falls – The first settlement in the Cottonwood Falls area began in 1854 when an Indian trader named Seth Hays founded a cattle ranch on the Cottonwood River close to the mouth of the Diamond Spring Creak.

Big Dam Foolishness at Tuttle Creek – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) Though there were 25 floods that damaged the area and cities downstream between the years 1903 to 1959, there was much opposition to building the dam that created the lake.

James H. “Dog” Kelly – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) James H. “Dog” Kelley was the Dodge City, Kansas mayor when several of the Old West’s most famous lawmen worked under him, including Bat, James, and Ed Masterson, as well as Wyatt and Morgan Earp.

William Allen White – (From our Legends of Kansas pages) William Allen White was a journalist, author, and one of the best-known men in Kansas during his lifetime.

We've added over 15 new articles to our websites since our last newsletter.

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Did You Know?

Evacuation of Missouri Counties under General Order No. 11, painting by George Caleb Bingham, 1870.

As the ruins of the Lawrence Massacre were still smoldering, General Thomas Ewing, who was in command of the District of the Border, in charge of repelling guerilla raids, was severely criticized by the citizens of Kansas for his remissness.

Whether or not Ewing and those under his command were really negligent in the performance of their duties, Ewing undoubtedly felt the effects of this criticism and indignation, and on August 25, 1863, just four days after the Lawrence Massacre, he issued his famous "General Order No. 11."

Learn more here

Santa Fe Trail 200th

William Becknell blazes the Santa Fe Trail

In 1821, the land beyond Missouri was a vast uncharted region called home to great buffalo herds and unhappy Indians, angered over the continual westward expansion of the white man. Before Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, the Spanish banned trade between Santa Fe and the United States. After independence, Mexico encouraged trade. Though numerous dangers awaited him, Captain William Becknell was determined to make the trip through waterless plains and war-like Indians to trade with the distant Mexicans in New Mexico. He set out on his trailblazing on September 1, 1821.

Pack up the wagon and learn more

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Dakota War of 1862

Attack of New Ulm, Minnesota during the 1862 Dakota War, painting by Anton Gag, 1904.

The Dakota War of 1862, also known as the Sioux or Dakota Uprising, was an armed conflict between the United States and several bands of Dakota Sioux. It began on August 17, 1862, along the Minnesota River in southwest Minnesota and ended with a mass execution of 38 Dakota men on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota.

Read more here...


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Popular Stories on Facebook

In case you missed it, here are some of the articles that have been popular on our Facebook Fan Pages recently.

Eureka, Colorado by William Henry Jackson, 1900

Eureka, Colorado and the Sunnyside Mine - The ghost town of Eureka, CO, is situated along the Animas River in San Juan County between Silverton and Animas Forks. Its longevity was primarily due to the nearby Sunnyside Mine.

Catawba Indians, 1913

Catawba Tribe of South Carolina - The Catawba, also known as Issa, Essa, or Iswa, have lived along the Catawba River for thousands of years, with their ancestral lands in the Piedmont region of North and South Carolina and into southern Virginia.

Zerelda Mimms James

Zee James – Jesse’s “Poor” Wife  - Born July 21, 1845, Zerelda Mimms would go on to marry her outlaw cousin Jesse in a tale without a happy ending.

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For the past several years we have used a program to keep "spam" comments from appearing. Since October of 2017, that program has protected us from 225,775 comments that were nothing more than advertising or malicious links.

However, that program doesn't protect us from the current divisive climate. We have always prided ourselves in allowing criticism and corrections to publically appear on our web pages when they are respectful. This year though has turned into a storm of misplaced anger and fighting between readers in our comments.

Comments like:

  • ****** is a pathetic backward little town!

  • Thanks for the shi*** woke version.

  • Evil still reigns here. You know who you are.

  • I’ve never seen so many lies in one place.

  • I was wanting to know if you had any openings in August or September. I tried calling the phone number listed above but it was just a bunch of junk. Not good advertisement for you...

That last one I threw in as a common example of someone thinking we are associated with a place we write about, which we are not. There are many more I could use as examples, from kids leaving "poop" to adults acting like they are in a schoolyard brawl. People who read one article and base our entire website on their perceived grievance against whatever they are mad about at the time. And we've never seen readers so MAD at everything as some of y'all are this year. We were getting mean-spirited and unproductive vitreal from both extremes of the political spectrum.

It finally became too time-consuming for Kathy and me to keep up with, so we've decided the best thing is to do away with our comments altogether. We did fine with getting comments in email, so that's the plan moving forward. That and of course social media. The drive-by heckler is less likely to spew their garbage if they have to use a real email address. Especially if their point is purely political, woke, or the opposite.

Future newsletters will still contain readers' comments sent to us in email, and some from social media. Thank you for your understanding.

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