Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - August 2023

The Potato King, The Pennsy, The Pima, Unsung Lawmen, and much more!

Legends of America Newsletter - August 2023

Celebrating 20 Years on the World Wide Web

In this newsletter:

  • The Potato King

  • The Pennsy

  • The Pima

  • Unsung Lawmen

and much more!

Latest from our world

We're back in New Mexico. Our new annual trek to the Foster Cabin in Idlewild began right after Independence Day, and we made it to the cool mountains just in time for the heat dome to take over most of the country.

We parked the mobile motel in the smak dab middle of Eagle Nest, with a view of Eagle Nest Lake just a few steps away. The Foster cabin, Kathy's mother's side of the family, is owned by several cousins, but Kathy has taken it upon herself to spruce it up... as much as a rugged former mining cabin can be.

She's been trying to get me to stay overnight, but this picture will explain why I refuse. That bear is between the Foster Cabin and the outhouse. No running water, no septic, only an outhouse. I get up in the middle of the night regularly. I can imagine me stumblin out that back door at 4 am and getting a greeting from Smoky Bear. No thanks.

On the way, we made a pit stop between Raton and Cimarron at the historic Dawson Cemetery, all that's left of the mining town of Dawson that suffered great tragedies in the early 1900s.

We were going to also stop at the failed prospect of Colfax, but it appears even the most visible parts are not so visible anymore. This picture was taken several years ago.

We did manage to take a day trip, mostly on the Enchanted Circle, and did a side journey over to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos. Beautiful area with lots of photo opportunities.

It's been a nice stay, as usual, in Eagle Nest. After being parked here for the last three weeks, we are heading out next Wednesday to start our journey home to Warsaw, MO. Have no clue what path Kathy will take us, but I'm sure it won't be a direct route, and I hope further north to avoid the summer blast going on in Southern Kansas and Oklahoma.

In the meantime, our Joey Squirrel, who went on a 6-day journey by herself when we brought her to the cabin in 2021, has decided the cabin is a good place to hang out after all.

She even tried to teach her new human-hogging sister Pressy where the bears hang out. ;)

Enjoy this month's newsletter, and thank you for being a reader!

Dave & Kathy Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

Woolworth Stores Across the World - (from our Businesses to the Wayside) The Woolworth Company, the pioneer of "five-and-dime" stores worldwide, started in 1879 and, for more than 100 years, would remain a mainstay for value shoppers and diners in thousands of buildings.

John C. McCoy - Founder of Westport, Missouri - John Calvin McCoy, Sr. founded Westport, Missouri, where he settled in 1830. He was also one of the founders of the Town of Kansas, Missouri, in 1838, which later became Kansas City, Missouri.

Padouca Indians - Accounts of early exploration in the West show that the Padouca Indians, under their various similar names, occupied the central plains.

The Great Pennsylvania Railroad System - The Pennsylvania Railroad Company, also known as the “Pennsy,” was an American Class I railroad established in 1846 and headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

From our sister site, Legends of Kansas...

Junius George Groves - Potato King of the World -  (Legends of Kansas) Junius George Groves was an African American farmer and entrepreneur remembered as one of the wealthiest black Americans of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Allison J. Pliley - Brave Kansas Soldier - (Legends of Kansas) One of Kansas‘ greatest soldiers, Captain Allison J. Pliley, was famous as a scout and cavalry officer in the frontier days.

Silkville, Kansas - Failed Utopia - (Legends of Kansas) Silkville, Kansas, located in Franklin County, was a collection of private buildings owned by Frenchman Ernest de Boissiere, whose farm consisted of 3,600 acres under the management of Charles Sears.

Kickapoo, Kansas - Extinct in Leavenworth County - (Legends of Kansas) Kickapoo, Kansas, one of the oldest towns in Leavenworth County, was first called Kickapoo City. The town is extinct today.

Bonner Springs, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) The area’s early settlers were the Kanza Indians, who had lived here because of the mineral springs and abundant fish and game.

We've added 17 new articles since our last newsletter.

From Legends' Photo Print Shop

From Ancient Cities to Native American Art. Tribes, lifestyles, Chiefs, and Warriors. Hundreds of vintage photos are available for prints, small and large.

Save 20% off during our 20th Anniversary! Use coupon code NEWS20 during checkout.

Did You Know?

The U.S. Marshal Service was created by the first Congress in the Judiciary Act of 1789, the same legislation that established the federal judicial system. Over the years, some 400 marshals have been killed in the line of duty. Their famous five-sided star is our country’s oldest emblem of federal law enforcement.

Some of Our Favorite Unsung Lawmen

Fred Lambert

In 1887 Charles Fred “Cyclone” Lambert was born to Henri and Mary Lambert in Room #31 of the famous St. James Hotel in Cimarron, NM. At the age of 16, he was the youngest Territorial Marshall from New Mexico.

Frank Latta: How Skill Caught a Criminal and Luck Saved the Lawman’s Life

By Robin Chapman, 2010

I never knew my great-grandfather Frank Latta of Bozeman, Montana. But I have come across a new picture of him in sorting through my mother’s things after her recent death. The picture explains a key element of a story that is often told about the old lawman and his capture of a notorious railroad extortionist in 1903.

Death of a Sheriff – Murder and Conspiracy in the Old West

By Ciaran Conliffe

This is a true story, though it may sound like a classic Western tale. I know it’s true because it’s about my great grand-uncle, a man named John Doherty.

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.

Ruby, Arizona, is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in the state, filled with history, including lawlessness, murder, and mayhem, not to mention dozens of great photographic opportunities.

Read about Mining and Murder in Ruby, Arizona. 

[Overlooking the ghost town of Ruby during our 2007 Arizona adventure. Photo by Kathy Alexander. ]

First called the Pima by exploring Spaniards in the 1600s, they called themselves “Akimel O’odham,” meaning the River People. The Piman peoples, who live in the Sonoran Desert region, are descendants of the prehistoric Hohokam Culture.

Read more 

[photo: Pima Indians by Carlo Gentile, 1870]

Born July 21, 1851, then dying July 21, 1878, Sam Bass was a noted outlaw and train robber who led two gangs during the days of the Wild West.

Read about Sam Bass in this 1921 historic text by James B. Gillett. 

[Only known photo of Sam Bass]

Nestled on the south bank of Walnut Creek, Timken, Kansas, got its start when the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad was under construction west from Great Bend in 1886. Today only around 38 residents remain.

Read about the ghost town of Timken, Kansas

[Main Street in Timken, Kansas. Photo by Kathy Alexander.]

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