Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - February 2020

Death of a Sheriff, Black History Month, Tour the Georgia Coast and more
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Legends of America Newsletter - February 2020

In this newsletter:

  • Death of a Sheriff - Murder and Conspiracy in the Old West

  • Black History Month

  • Painted Ladies

  • Tour the Georgia Coast

  • What's New and much more!

Latest from our world

Pelicans return to Warsaw

Forget the Groundhog. The American White Pelican has returned to Warsaw, Missouri about a month or more early! These large birds arrived a few days ago on the Osage Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. Hundreds of them entertained us Saturday as they would fly up beyond our house and then float back down the lake to a nearby cove. We could also see downstream that we were only experiencing a portion of the flock. The Missouri Department of Conservation says they "Arrive in late March, peak in mid-April, and depart by late May. Return again in mid-August, peak in mid-to-late September, and depart by mid-November." Rarely do we see them this early in Winter, so I'm already looking forward to that early Spring. Let's just hope it doesn't bring the flooding of last year.

Kathy's been busy hibernating in her office, cranking out new additions to the website, working on photos for our photo print shop and dreaming of Summer travel.

Alvin and Cherry Alexander

I'm in a bit more melancholy mood as the Alexander family says goodbye to my Mother, Cherry. We had to smile though, as, after a week in Hospice, she waited until the staff painted her nails and prettied her up, the morning of Valentine's Day, before heading off to join my Father and other lost loved ones. I shot down to Amarillo last weekend to say my goodbyes, and we'll be headed back down there next weekend to celebrate her wonderful life. What a privilege to be raised by such strong and loving parents.

Kathy and I truly appreciate having you as a reader and hope you enjoy this month's newsletter.

Dave Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are the recent additions since our last newsletter

Penobscot Tribe

Native America

Penobscot Tribe – The Penobscot are an indigenous tribe from the Northeastern Woodlands region that is federally recognized in the state of Maine as well as in Quebec, Canada.

Cree Tribe of North America – One of the largest native groups in North America, the Cree tribe, originally from Canada migrated south into the upper plains of the United States.

Nez Perce National Historic Trail – The Nez Perce National Historic Trail follows the route taken by a large band of the Nez Perce Indian tribe in 1877 when they attempted to flee.

John Doherty - Death of a Sheriff

Old West

Death of a Sheriff – Murder and Conspiracy in the Old West – John Doherty was great at poker, but not so good at local politics. The latter would prove fatal and it would take the Governor’s direction to solve it. Story by John’s Great Grand Nephew Ciaran Conliffe.

The Goingsnake Massacre or the Cherokee Courtroom Shootout – A feud between two men led to a confrontation and a trial where a shoot-out occurred leaving seven lawmen dead and several others injured.

Bronco Bill Loses Against Wells Fargo – “Bronco Bill” Walters might have started out his life as a cowboy and a railroader, but he soon found a more lucrative future as a train and stagecoach robber.

Fort Lapwai, Idaho – Fort Lapwai was a federal fort established in north-central Idaho in 1862 in what is now the present-day city of Lapwai.

Paul Revere and His Midnight Ride

Early America

Paul Revere and His Midnight Ride – Paul Revere is a folk hero of the American Revolution whose dramatic horseback ride in April 1775 warned Boston area residents that the British were coming.

Queen Anne’s War of North America – Queen Anne’s War was the second in a series of French and Indian Wars fought in the 13 Colonies over control of the North American continent.

Typhoid Mary

Also -

Typhoid Mary Mallon – Typhoid Mary, was an Irish cook who was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever. From author Joseph Bruno

Acadia National Park, Maine – Called the “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast,” Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline, an abundance of habitats, and rich cultural heritage.

Haunted Road Trip: 5 East Coast Destinations to Visit – Use our tips to plan your own haunted road trip and spend some time exploring a few of the country’s creepiest and most notoriously haunted spots. (Submitted by Traci Magnus, Dunes Properties)

and five more additions since our last newsletter

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Did You Know?

Black History Month

The first Africans in the New World arrived with Spanish and Portuguese explorers and settlers and assisted in the early exploration of the Americas.

Most African Americans today are descended from various ethnic groups, mostly from western and central Africa where they were captured in African wars or raids and transported in the Atlantic slave trade. Though they came with varied customs, religious beliefs, and language, European standards and ideals were forced upon them once they arrived in America.

In the United States & Canada, February is Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, which began as a way of remembering important people and events. The observance is also celebrated in Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in October.

Explore African American History HERE

Painted Ladies of the Old West

Painted Ladies of the Old West

In the Wild West, the harsh Puritan sanctions were not as “practical” as in America’s more conservative eastern counterpart. And though the “proper” ladies still labeled those who didn’t share their values — by virtue of dress, behavior or sexual ethics, as “disgraceful,” the shady ladies of the West were generally tolerated by other women as a “necessary evil.”

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A Tour Along the Georgia Coast

Fort Frederica

Georgia’s Coast stretches approximately 100 miles between historic Savannah — Georgia’s oldest city — to St. Marys, the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore. This region features dozens of opportunities for every traveler. From isolated beaches, mysterious swamps, and tranquil marshes; to cobblestone streets, historic forts, and lush plantations; to century-old buildings, dozens of which, are now called home to boutiques and restaurants, there is something here for everyone.

Begin your journey HERE

Boondocking Tips

Legends Boondocking at Amboy Crater

Boondocking is not really a good term but has somehow come into common use. Dry Camping (parking anywhere without or with limited amenities) is more accurate. Independent Parking is the preferred term. It means that you are prepared to dry camp but, make use of amenities when they’re available. Being prepared to live independently is what it’s all about, then you’re free to do what you want to do.

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Popular Stories on Facebook

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Judge Roy Bean's Jersey Lilly Saloon in Langtry, Tx

Langtry, Texas - Home of The Only Law West of the Pecos - Despite popular belief, its name was changed in honor of George Langtry, an engineer, and foreman who had supervised a Chinese work crew building the railroad.

Monks Mound, Cahokia Mounds Illinois

Cahokia Mounds, Illinois - Largest Archaeological Site in North America - At its peak from 1,100 to 1,200 A.D., the city covered nearly six square miles and boasted a population of as many as 100,000 people.

Hatfield Family, 1897

The Bloody Feud of the Hatfields and McCoys - The bitter feud attracted nationwide attention, ignited generations of bitter grudges and resentment, and not only included police intervention, but also that of governors and the Supreme Court.

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Hello and thanks for the great stories and interesting histories of America. While chatting to my children as they traveled back to New Mexico Making the long journey from Fallon to Albuquerque. My son was having difficulty keeping alert soon after leaving Flagstaff, I asked him where he was, then started searching for the town of Houck. I stumbled onto this site and was immediately hooked. Not only did this help my road-weary son stay awake long enough to switch drivers it continued to work as well for my younger daughter as I read several articles. thanks again - Michelle (Ref: Houck, Arizona – Home of Fort Courage)

Been here a number of times; great village to visit! Come back to Ohio and visit Roscoe Village in Coshocton, OH! - Mike (Ref: Zoar, Ohio Historic Village)

You have to be totally hammered not to remember where you buried that much cash. My guess is they did not go as far as they thought. They were drunk and probably wanted to get back to the booze and women in a hurry. As San Antonio expanded, someone found it and never reported it. - Bob (Ref: The Lost Newton Gang Loot)

I just stumbled upon your website and it is fantastic! I love history, Native Americans, travel, trivia…everything you have, I love to read about! Thanks for a fabulous site! - April

Interesting and informative article, which sheds light on why Franklin was held in such high regard during his own lifetime. BTW, in 1787 Franklin was elected President of America’s first anti-slavery society, often referred to as the Philadelphia Abolition Society. - Geoffrey (Ref: Benjamin Franklin – The First American)

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