Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - February 2024

Red Summer of 1919, The Belle Witch, Great Cities Across America, Women's History Month, and much more!

Legends of America Newsletter - February 2024

In this newsletter:

  • Red Summer of 1919

  • The Belle Witch

  • Great Cities Across America

  • Women's History Month

and much more!

Latest from our world

Have I mentioned my theory about the shift in seasons before? It may be my imagination, but here in west central Missouri, we've experienced January/February type cold in November, and this year, among some of the mildest winter temps I can recall, we are seeing flies and mosquitoes in mid to late February.

And then there are the Robins. That's not a dirty lens. That's a screenshot from a video I posted to our neighborhood Facebook page for the river dock across the street from us. A massive flock of Robins entertained us every sunrise and sunset, moving south over the lake in the mornings, then north, back across the lake in the evening. And when I say massive, the flock took up to an hour to cross above us. And they continued this daily journey through most of February.

As I'm writing this, today's high is predicted to be 77 here in Warsaw, MO. Of all the winters we decided to stay at Fort Alexander instead of traveling, this was the one.

February gave us some great weather to spruce up the property, too, although I'm not sure our neighbors see the same humor we do. I'm considering adding a Flag Pole behind the sign and calling the front yard our "parade grounds". I wonder what the neighborhood would think about a cannon?

Enjoy this month's newsletter,

Dave & Kathy Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

Red Summer & Civil Unrest - The summer of 1919 was branded “Red Summer” because of the bloodshed that occurred during the worst white-on-black violence in U.S. history.

Great Cities Across America -  From coast to coast, these destinations beckon with promises of adventure, discovery, and the opportunity to experience the rich diversity that defines the American experience.

Seattle, Washington – At the Center of the Klondike Gold Rush – (expanded from a previously published article) Seattle has a history of boom-and-bust cycles, rising and falling several times economically.

The Bell Witch: Tennessee’s Most Haunting Legend - (submitted by author Jackie Edwards) The Bell Witch is one of the most famous legends in American folklore, centering around the Bell family in Adams, Tennessee, during the early 19th century.

People of the American Revolution – From the founding fathers to soldiers, camp followers, wives, and military leaders, there were numerous heroes of the American Revolution.

Top Tips for Winter Travel in Mountainous Regions - (Submitted by Alejandra Leyva) Sure, winter travel in mountainous regions can be fun and exciting. However, the harsh weather conditions and rugged terrains present unique challenges.

Winfield, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas)  Winfield, Kansas, is the county seat of Cowley County. It is located on the Walnut River at its confluence with Timber Creek in south-central Kansas.

Olathe, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas)  In the spring of 1857,  Dr. John T. Barton staked two-quarter sections of land as a townsite. Carpeted with a profusion of wildflowers, the location impressed Doctor Barton as beautiful. With him was a Shawnee Indian named Dave Dougherty, who exclaimed “O-la-the,” the Indian word for beautiful, which was adopted for the name of the future city.

Rock, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) Rock, Kansas, is an unincorporated village on the Walnut River in Rock Creek Township of Cowley County. The community started in 1869 when settlers began homesteading the area.

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

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Did You Know?

The story of Pancho Villa’s inglorious raid on Columbus, New Mexico, on March 9, 1916, has been written about many times… but usually from a single or biased point of view. The following, in dramatic fashion, is as complete a version of events as the author could muster, encompassing the perspective from both sides of the battle and from both sides of the border.

Author Jesse Wolf Hardin brings us...

March is Women's History Month

Harriet Tubman – Moses of the Underground Railroad

Reverently called “Moses” by the hundreds of slaves she helped to free in the years preceding the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, was also a Union scout and spy, a humanitarian, and women’s suffrage advocate.

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Susan La Flesche Picotte – First Native Physician

Born June 17, 1865, Susan La Flesche would become the first Native American in the United States to receive a medical degree as a doctor. The youngest of four daughters, Susan’s father was Omaha tribe Chief Joseph La Flesche, a.k.a. Iron Eye. Chief La Flesche and his wife Waoo-Winchatcha, a.k.a. Mary Gale, were of mixed race who raised their children to assimilate to both Native and white cultures.

Mary Colter – Architect of the West

Mary Colter was one of the very few female American architects of her day. She was also the chief architectural designer and interior decorator for the Fred Harvey Company from 1902 to 1948.

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.

Buckskin Joe, Colorado, also called Laurette, was 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.

[One of only two known photos of the original Buckskin Joe mining camp, taken in 1864. Touch of color by LOA.]

Born around 1825, Victorio, Known as Bidu-ya or Beduiat to his Apache people, was a warrior and chief of the Chihenne band of the Chiricahua Apache in what is now New Mexico.

Victorio – Image pre-1880, a touch of color by LOA.

Born February 14, 1860, Gordon W. Lillie was one of the many who exemplified the “Wild West” through his entertaining shows. He would eventually partner with and buy out his chief rivalry, Buffalo Bill.

[Gordon Lillie met his wife May at a Parade when she was 15]

Sparks, Kansas, in Doniphan County, started as a place called Highland Station around 1870. In 1908, the town and post office names were changed to Sparks, named for John Sparks, an area pioneer.


[Old store still stands in Sparks, Ks. Photo by Kathy Alexander]

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