Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - February 2022, The Stars are Bright...

Deep in the heart of Texas, extinct towns of Johnson County Kansas, Black History Month and exclusive Photo Print Savings!

Legends of America Newsletter - February 2022

In this newsletter:

  • The stars at night, are big and bright

  • Extinct towns of Johnson County, KS

  • It's Black History Month

  • Exclusive Savings on Photo Prints

and more!!

Latest from our world

We're deep in the heart of Texas. Actually, right now we are on the Gulf Coast south of Houston, but we've been to the original heart of Texas. More on that in a moment.

Kathy and I escaped Missouri to spend some quality time in our native state. This hasn't been our typical trip of run run run, as we decided to take a pause, relax, and pontificate on our future. Ok, ok, I'm the one pontificating, but let me just say, I feel at home in Texas.

Besides meandering through parts of the Lone Star State we've been to before, we also hit a couple of places we hadn't. Bandera, northwest from San Antonio, and San Felipe de Austin, west of Houston off I-10.

We've had a few adventures in this part of the Lone Star State. See more about those in our January 2017 newsletter here.

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We're about to start making our way northward again. Judging by the 8 inches of snow back home in Missouri, I'd say it is going to be a few more weeks in this state we love. In the meantime, Kathy has expanded on Legends of Kansas and some interesting extinct towns in Johnson County, it's Black History Month and we tell you about the Exodusters, and Belle, all in this month's newsletter.

Dave "Ready to get my Texas Twang Back" Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

I had no idea there were so many extinct towns in Johnson County Kansas. Check out what Kathy dug up for Legends of Kansas.

Monticello, Kansas – (Legends of Kansas) Monticello, Kansas, is an extinct town in northern Johnson County. This heavily timbered area was originally home to the Shawnee Indians.

Chouteau, Kansas – Long Lost Trading Post – (Legends of Kansas) Choteau, Kansas, once a hamlet of Johnson County, got its start as a trading post along the Kansas River. It is an extinct town today.

Lanesfield, Kansas and the Battle of Bull Creek – (Legends of Kansas) Lanesfield, Kansas, in Johnson County, was a Free-State town located on the Santa Fe Trail. The town no longer exists today.

Oxford, Kansas and the Oxford Fraud – (Legends of Kansas) Today there is no marker or monument to commemorate the old town of Oxford that once stood, but the important history here has been felt for generations.

Bonita, Kansas – Extinct in Johnson County – (Legends of Kansas) The first settlement was made by Frank Temple and William Jobi, on October 17, 1879, and a post office was established in December 1879, with F. Gilbert as the first postmaster.

Holliday, Kansas – Lost Town to Landfill – (Legends of Kansas) First called Waseca, the town was platted in 1882 and received a post office on June 26, 1882.

Aubry, Kansas – Bleeding Kansas Battleground – (Legends of Kansas) Aubry, Kansas, located in southeastern Johnson County was once a bloody battleground during the border troubles of the Civil War.

That's not all since our December Newsletter...

Did You Know?

Belle Starr was born Myra Belle Shirley in a log cabin near Carthage, Missouri on February 5, 1848. She was called the Bandit Queen and had quite a history with bad boys and gangs.

February is Black History Month

When the last Federal troops left the southern states in 1877, Reconstruction gave way to renewed racial oppression and rumors of the re-institution of slavery. Fearful for their lives, many African Americans began to flee the south for Kansas in 1879 and 1880 because of the state’s fame as a Free-State and the land of the abolitionist John Brown. These many people were called Exodusters.

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Indian Horse Culture

The acquisition of horses by the plains Indians in the early 18th century transformed the lives of most tribes between the Rockies and the Mississippi. Almost overnight they found a much more effective way of hunting the buffalo, the main staple of life in this huge area. They embraced the horseback riding culture enthusiastically. With a good horse under him, a hunter could go faster than a buffalo which gave him an enormous advantage.

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Buckskin Joe, Colorado, also called Laurette, is a deserted ghost town that once served as the county seat of Park County, then a reborn attraction, and finally dismantled and moved to a private ranch.

Read about Buckskin Joe – Gone & Back and Gone Again 

"He was no tenderfoot. He never asked a soft place for himself. He always played the game according to the rules and to a finish. To be sure, he made some mistakes, but he was an Indian and never acted the coward."

Read this historic text by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), in 1918.

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The first free homestead in the United States was taken by Daniel Freeman on Cub Creek in Gage County, Nebraska, about five miles northwest of Beatrice. He became the first under the Homestead Act, which took effect Jan 1, 1863.

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