Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - January 2018

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Legends of America Newsletter - January 2018
It's actually colder than it looks. That's been our view since the blasts of arctic jubilation danced on our heads. We've managed to keep the water going for the most part, although I'm hauling water to my cabin office every morning for coffee. Kathy just keeps her blinds shut in her office and pretends we're somewhere warm. 

We couldn't make a winter trip this year, but there is plenty to keep us busy. We're over two thirds complete in our website remodel, and along the way I keep running into articles I didn't even remember were there. Like, "Stuckey's, Stuckey's Everywhere", Kathy's reminiscent look at an old icon along Route 66.  It's fun to find these tidbits as we convert our old pages to the new design. I converted another fun "Mother Road" story the other day that took a while. Check out "Where are the Burma Shave Signs?" and you'll understand why. 

Anyway, January 2018 may be off to a cold start, but we're just warming up as we approach our 15th anniversary on the world wide web this June. Can't thank you enough for being a reader!

Dave 'sure hope that's a sweat-cycle on my stache' Alexander

Ps. I can hear the collective "shut yer pie hole Dave" coming from our northern readers. All I have to say is you folks in Montana, Minnesota, etc have some thick skin... or at least a heavier coat. 

What's New on LOA

Here's the latest additions since our last newsletter. 

Bighorn Medicine Wheel in Lovell, Wyoming - Lying at an altitude of 9462 feet near the summit of Medicine Mountain in the Bighorn National Forest of north-central Wyoming is the Bighorn Medicine Wheel. 

Dighton Rock and its Puzzling Petroglyphs, Massachusetts - Known for its puzzling petroglyphs, Dighton Rock is one of the greatest mysteries of Massachusetts.

Diminishing the Indians in California - From 1850 to the 1870s laws and treaties were passed to diminish the rights and lands of the Native Americans in California.
Bloody Island Massacre, California - Bloody Island derives its name from the Clear Lake Massacre of 1850 in which 60 of the 400 Indians who had taken refuge there were killed in a miscarriage of justice.

California Indian Battles - Battles and Massacres of the Indian Wars in California.

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin – Fur Trading Mecca - Located on a broad terrace overlooking the Mississippi River, Prairie du Chien was a crossroads of the fur trade in the old Northwest.

Mackinac Island, Michigan – Advancing the Frontier - Mackinac Island is of outstanding significance in the history of the old Northwest and the advance of the frontier.

Cades Cove Scenic Loop - (by Ann Johnson) – “An 11 mile journey through the Great Smoky Mountains includes hiking, bike trails, horseback riding and plenty of history.

Reed Gold Mine - The Reed Gold Mine in Cabarrus County, North Carolina is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States.

New York Fun Facts & Trivia - Fun facts and trivia about New York State.

The Beast of Bray Road - Labeled as a werewolf by some witnesses, this creature was allegedly seen near Elkhorn, Wisconsin is described as bear-like, as a hairy biped resembling Bigfoot, and an intelligent wolf-like creature which walk on its hind legs.

Did You Know?

The streets in Virginia City, Nevada, were once unknowingly paved with silver ore. When the locals found out what it was, they tore up the streets in a frenzy in less than 2 days.

In 1918 a flu epidemic killed 548,000 people in the U.S.

Every second, Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate.

George Washington was a savvy businessman who owned one of the largest distilleries in 18th century America, and by 1799 alone he was producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey.
Flavors of the Mother Road

From the Ariston Cafe in Illinois, to Roy’s Cafe in California, travelers along America’s Mother Road were treated to some mighty fine cooking along the way.

Route 66 enthusiasts to this day still enjoy some of that same hometown cooking as they revisit this important roadway. We thought it would be good to share just a few of those delectables here in our Route 66 pages.
Featured Travel

In the Winter of 2011 we had a grand adventure to Texas. Along the way we explored the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.

Over 400 years ago Spanish expeditions began to explore land that is now the American Southwest. Beginning in the 16th century, missionaries, accompanied by a few soldiers, moved north out of the Valley of Mexico, founding missions and presidios.

For the Spaniards, the acculturation of the native peoples was a major means for securing their claim to vast lands in North America. With very few soldiers and settlers, Spain’s claim to these areas, in the face of encroachment by other European settlers, depended upon the success of the missions.

Church and State were very closely linked, and the Spanish monarch granted various religious orders of the Catholic Church permission to found mission communities. Through instruction by these religious, communities of native converts were to emerge as loyal subjects to the crown on the frontier.

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Great looking site, I've only seen a bit of it, much more to explore, good job! - Greg in Canada

I have been a fan for a long time. I have lived and travelled on Route 66 when it was still an active Highway. Traveling to and from Arizona and Missouri. Those were the good old days and I was very young. - Allen in Kentucky

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