Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - January 2024

The Great Migration, Greatest Black Cowboy, Native Ordeals, Trading Posts & their Stories, and more!!

Legends of America Newsletter - January 2024

In this newsletter:

  • The Great Migration

  • Greatest Black Cowboy

  • Native Ordeals

  • Trading Posts & their Stories

and more!!

Latest from our world

Thinking of warmer climates, I see that the average temp in San Francisco for February is 61o F. It Might be a good time for you to visit one of our favorites, Alcatraz Island.

Though most prominently known for the years it served as a maximum-security prison, the “Rock’s” history stretches far beyond those infamous days, and its legends and stories continue to find their way into American lore.

Read about the Long History of Alcatraz Island

We had a great time at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with a lot to see and do in this region of California.

Be sure to see our related articles:

A Daring Escape from Alcatraz

The Ghosts of Alcatraz

And our Alcatraz Photo Print Gallery

In the meantime, we are enjoying the sunshine that has finally returned to Mid Missouri and scheming on our 2024 adventures.

Kathy and I are both thankful you are along for the ride.

Dave Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

The Great Migration - Also known as the Great Northward Migration or the Black Migration, approximately six million African Americans moved from the American South to Northern, Midwestern, and Western states roughly from the 1910s until the 1970s.

New York City, New York - New York City, New York, located at the mouth of the Hudson River, is the most populous city in the United States, with a population of 8,804,190 in 2020.

Alexander Gardner - Historic American Photographer- Alexander Gardner was a Scottish photographer who immigrated to the United States in 1856 and became well known for documenting the Civil War.

Le Hunt, Kansas - Forgotten & Haunted - A ghost town today, little is left of the town beyond a few old ruins of the cement plant and an old cemetery. (Expanded from the existing article)

Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railroad - (Legends of Kansas) It was hoped that this railroad would help establish economic bonds with the South and link the cotton fields to the transcontinental railroad then being projected across Kansas.

State Industrial School For Girls, Beloit, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) Beloit, Kansas was home to the girls’ reformatory, one of the longest-operating in the country and not without its controversies.

State Industrial School for Boys, Topeka, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) The school was opened for the reception of boys on June 6, 1881. Seventy-three boys were admitted during the first year.

Harriet Earhart Monroe – (Legends of Kansas) Harriet Earhart Monroe was a lecturer, educator, writer, and traveling producer of religious stage plays.

Professor Ernest Hawkins – Teaching in Fort Scott -  (Legends of Kansas) The son of former slaves, Professor Ernest Hawkins was an educator and civic leader in Fort Scott, Kansas, who was inducted into the 2001 Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, the first person to be inducted posthumously.

There is a bunch more since our last newsletter...

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Did You Know? February is Black History Month

Time Magazine once called George Washington Carver a “Black Leonardo,” a title worthy of this great scientist, educator, botanist, and inventor.

When our thoughts, which bring actions, are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white, we are all in a living hell. That is as real as hell will ever be” – George Washington Carver

Nat Love, aka: Deadwood Dick – Greatest Black Cowboy in the Old West

Born in June 1854 as a slave on Robert Love’s plantation in Davidson County, Tennessee, Nat (pronounced Nate) Love would grow up to be one of the most famous cowboys in the Old West.

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Mobeetie, Texas

Mobeetie was patronized by outlaws, thieves, cut-throats, and buffalo hunters, with a large percent of prostitutes. Taking it all, I think it was the hardest place I ever saw on the frontier except Cheyenne, Wyoming.” — Charles Goodnight of the Goodnight/Loving Trail.

Native American Ordeals

Originally, an ordeal was a form of trial to determine guilt or innocence; however, the term evolved to be applied to any severe trial or test of courage, endurance, or fortitude. Therefore, the two usages of the term among the North American tribes may be divided into ordeals used to establish guilt and settle differences and those undergone for the sake of some material or supernatural advantage.

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Toyah, Texas, started as a trading post for the large ranches in the area and took its name from an Indian word meaning “flowing water,” probably due to several artesian springs in the area.

[Old school in Toyah, Texas, probably around 2015. Photo by Kathy Alexander.]

Primarily living on a 1.5 million-acre reservation in Arizona, the Hopi people have the longest authenticated history of occupation of a single area by any Native American tribe in the United States.

[Hopi Pueblo by Edward S. Curtis, 1906. Touch of color by LOA.]

"The hardships of these pioneers at the beginning of a trade that, in a short time, assumed gigantic proportions are a story of suffering and privation that has few parallels in the history of the development of our mid-continent region."

[Photo: Trading post late 1800s]

In 1857, a town company was formed by J. R. McClure, Robert Wilson, F. N. Blake, John T. Price, and P. Z. Taylor, who selected the site. A survey was done in the spring of 1858. The town company erected the first building in May of that year at Seventh and Washington Streets.

[Junction City, Kansas, 1874. Touch of color by LOA.]

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