Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - January 2023

American Hero, Dinner with Sam Adams, Taos Revolt, The Lady & the Mule, and much more!

Legends of America Newsletter - January 2023

In this newsletter:

  • American Hero

  • Dinner with Sam Adams

  • Taos Revolt

  • The Lady & the Mule

and much more!

Latest from our world

That's colder than it looks. For those who wanted a White Christmas, this was the year in Missouri. And while it was nice to see, we were definitely ready for mother nature to shut the freezer door.

All the teeth chattering got me dreamin' of previous winter adventures, including our trek down to West Texas back in 2011. That was the year we were chased out of Missouri by massive snow that left about 20 inches here at Fort Alexander. The cold was brief down in Del Rio, where we explored the Pecos Heritage Trail, Langtry, Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, and even hit San Antonio Missions National Historic Park on the way home.

This year we decided to push off any big winter travel to February. In the meantime, Kathy was exploring ways to take short trips over to Kansas that didn't require us to haul the trailer and the fur babies and avoided hotel costs. So she signed up for an online Pet Sitter gig. Didn't even know there was such a thing, but sure enough, she was able to get a few days at a home in North Kansas City watching a dog and a three-legged cat named Lieutenant Dan, leaving for a few hours during the day to explore parts of Northeast Kansas. I think the jury is out on whether Kathy found that to be a viable path forward for quick trips over the state line. Although, Lt. Dan has convinced her that cats are cool too.

I stayed home with our own pups and began thinking of ways to celebrate. This June marks our 20th Anniversary on the World Wide Web, so of course there will be special savings for our readers (see below in this newsletter), and more throughout the year. Think about it, we launched Legends Of America in 2003, just a couple of months after Google started its advertising platform which changed everything for website operators, and months before Facebook became a thing in early 2004. It's been an incredibly rewarding journey for us both and we are humbled to have you along for the ride.

Happy New Year!

Dave & Kathy Alexander

From Legends' General Store

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, New York - The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, located in western New York, is a collection of historical, natural, and cultural resources that stretch from Niagara Falls to Old Fort Niagara.

The Beginnings of New Jersey – (From Chronicles of America Series, 1919) New Jersey, called Scheyichbi by the Indians, had a history somewhat different from that of other English colonies in America. It was a good-sized dominion surrounded by water, almost an island domain, secluded and independent.

Midland Trail - First Transcontinental Auto Trail - The Midland Trail, also called the Roosevelt Midland Trail, was a national auto trail spanning the United States from Washington, D.C., west to Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.

Mary Jane Simpson - The Lady and the Mule - Author Daniel R. Seligman brings us the story of Mary Jane Simpson, who is remembered in death not as the feisty reporter who stood up to the predatory industrialists, but as the namesake of a lovable mule in Virginia City, Nevada.

My Dinner with Samuel Adams - Author A.L. Talarowski brings you face-to-face with America's Founding Father Samuel Adams in a conversation using actual quotes. From My Dinner with the Founding Fathers, award-winning finalist in the Short Story category of the 2022 American Fiction Awards.

What's New on LOK

Marion, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) First called Marion Centre, it was founded in June 1860 when surveyors told settlers in five covered wagons at Emporia, Kansas, that there was good, virgin farmland about 60 miles to the southwest.

Clay County, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) Clay County was created from unorganized territory in 1857 and named in honor of the famous American statesman Henry Clay, a member of the United States Senate from Kentucky who served as Secretary of State.

Post Rock Scenic Byway - (Legends of Kansas) Making its way over the Smoky Hills of north central Kansas, the Post Rock Scenic Byway winds through 18 miles of fields and prairie across hills, creeks, and valleys, displaying numerous stone fence posts for which this route was named.

Melvern, Kansas - Building Bridges in Osage County - (Legends of Kansas) Melvern, Ks, along the Marias des Cygnes River, got its start when settlers arrived in the area in the 1860s. It was first called Junction Hills.

From vintage photos of the Old West, Native Americans, Nostalgic American Scenes, and Advertising, to current photos of Route 66 and travel destinations across America, Legends Of America's Photo Print Shop features hundreds of vintage and current photos that are available in many sized prints and digital downloads.

Newsletter Readers save 20% off in celebration of our 20th Anniversary. Use coupon code NEWS20 during checkout.

Did You Know?

The Taos Revolt was an insurrection in January 1847 by Hispano and Puebloan allies against the United States occupation of present-day northern New Mexico during the Mexican–American War.

Audie Murphy - America's Greatest Hero

He was born to a poverty-stricken family of cotton sharecroppers on June 20, 1924. He rose to fame in World War II as America’s most decorated hero. Author Rena Winters brings us a look at Audie Murphy.

From Legends' General Store

Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases

From the pages of period newspapers, books, and century-old dictionaries comes the slang, lingo, and phrases of the American Frontier. Even if you're not looking for a definition, you'll get a peek into the charm and character of a historic era.

Published by Kathy Weiser-Alexander & Legends Of America, 2015.

Newsletter Readers save 20% off in celebration of our 20th Anniversary. Use coupon code NEWS20 in cart view.

Camel Caravans in the American Desert

The story of the experiment made in the mid-1800s to utilize the Arabian camel as a beast of burden on the arid plains of Arizona, New Mexico, and the deserts of the Colorado River is one of the many unwritten chapters in the history of the Southwest.

Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil Rights Activist & Hero

Born January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and equal rights activist who was the most visible spokesperson and leader of the American Civil Rights Movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. He is best known for advancing Civil Rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and nonviolent activism.

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Thank's Y'all!

Our website and newsletter are supported by some mighty fine readers. Yeah, we're talking about YOU Friend! We just can't thank you enough! Be sure to check out our General Store and Photo Print Shop, helping keep our content free of charge since 2003.

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