Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - December 2023

Wounded Knee, Only Law West of the Pecos, Central City, Arizona 66, and more!!

Legends of America Newsletter - December 2023

In this newsletter:

  • Wounded Knee

  • Only Law West of the Pecos

  • Central City

  • Arizona 66

and more!!

Latest from our world

We're still spending some time looking back at some of our favorite adventures from the past couple of decades. Eight years ago, we headed west and re-visited Arizona Route 66. Here are three of those entries from our 2015 Travel Blog.

For the Route 66 enthusiast, there is a lot of history to experience in this stretch from Lupton to Flagstaff. Arizona's stretch of Route 66 is one of the most picturesque. From volcanoes to painted deserts to lush green forests, your journey provides numerous scenic photograph opportunities as well as a wealth of history, great side trips, and a volume of Route 66-era icons. See the Photo Blog Here.

As you head West along Route 66, past the original Meteor City Trading Post, you'll find yourself in an eclectic mix of active and abandoned historic sites, along with some famous Mother Road Icons that are more impressive and alive in person. See the Photo Blog Here.

Route 66 in the area of Kingman Arizona provides visitors with a plethora of things to see and do, from the wonderful museums to a feel of the Old West in Oatman. See the Photo Blog Here.

Meanwhile, Kathy and I are both looking forward to enjoying family time this holiday and dreaming of our next adventure.

We wish you all the best the season has to offer, and thanks for being a reader!

Dave Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

Kansas City FBI History - The FBI has been in Kansas City, Missouri, since its earliest days. In 1920, the office was designated as one of nine "divisional headquarters" that was administratively in charge of field offices in the region.

Early Indian Residents of Franklin County - (Legends of Kansas) By the treaty of February 23, 1867, this tribe of Indians agreed to dispose of their allotments in Kansas and to remove to a new reservation in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) within two years. By this treaty, the adult Indians were allowed to sell their own lands, and the chiefs were allowed to sell the lands of minors and incompetents.

Kansas City, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) Kansas City, Kansas, is the county seat of Wyandotte County and is located at Kaw Point, at the junction of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in the extreme eastern part of the county. It is an inner suburb of the older and more populous Kansas City, Missouri, after which it is named. The Missouri River separates the two cities. As of the 2020 census, the city's population was 156,607, making it one of four principal cities in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Overland Park, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) Once the jumping-off point for traders on the Santa Fe Trail and pioneers and gold seekers heading west on the Oregon and California Trails, pre-settlement Overland Park was a sparsely populated region with little to no roads and prairie as far as the eye could see.

We've added up 13 new articles since our last Newsletter...

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Did You Know?

The Wounded Knee Massacre, a regrettable and tragic clash of arms occurring on December 29, 1890, was the last significant engagement between Native Americans and soldiers on the North American Continent, ending nearly four centuries of warfare between westward-bound Americans and the indigenous peoples.

The event was precipitated by individual indiscretion and was not organized premeditation, and although the majority of the participants on both sides had not intended to use their arms, the tense and confusing situation ended tragically. After the haze of gun smoke that hung over the battlefield was cleared, some of the facts have been obscured; but, the action more resembles a massacre than a battle. Today, it serves as an example of national guilt for the mistreatment of the Indians.

Langtry, Texas – Home of the Only Law West of the Pecos

Beginning as a grading camp for the railroad workers in 1881, it was first called Eagle Nest for the nearby creek. Its name was changed in honor of George Langtry, an engineer and foreman who had supervised a Chinese work crew building the railroad. And its most famous resident was Judge Roy Bean.

Central City, Colorado – Boom & Bust

Central City, Colorado, the county seat of Gilpin County, is a historic mining town founded in 1859 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. Central City’s appearance today is very similar to how it looked over 100 years ago.

A Pioneer Christmas

By the mid-1800s, the American Christmas tradition included much of the same customs and festivities as it does today, including tree decorating, gift-giving, Santa Claus, greeting cards, stockings by the fire, church activities, and family-oriented days of feasting and fun.

But, for those in the Old West, far away from the more civilized life of the east, pioneers, cowboys, explorers, and mountain men usually celebrated Christmas with homemade gifts and humble fare.

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By the late 1860s, it was described as "the largest and richest gold mine" in Arizona. One of the most intact ghost towns in the state, Vulture City is open daily for tours, except Wednesdays.

[photo: Vulture City, Arizona 1870s. Touch of color by LOA.]

The Ancient Puebloans (Anasazi) were a prehistoric Native American civilization centered around the present-day Four Corners area of the Southwest United States. The earliest Ancient Puebloans were nomadic hunters and gatherers, but later they began cultivating crops and building permanent dwellings.

[photo: Wupatki National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona by Dave Alexander]

Born on December 5, 1870, William Pickett, also known as Bill, Will, and Willie, was one of the first great rodeo cowboys and is credited with inventing the sport of bulldogging.

[Bill Picket, circa 1902. Photo from the North Fort Worth Historical Society.]

First called Waseca, on November 3, 1885, the town’s name was changed to Holliday in honor of Cyrus K. Holliday. You may have never heard of it, as by the early 2000s, the town became a literal dump.

[Photo: Henry F. Hodge Store, Holliday, Kansas, circa 1878]

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