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Legends of America Newsletter - March 2017
Mr. Riley always lets me know just how rough it is being a dog. Busy days of chasing squirrels and protecting Fort Alexander from turtles and anything else that comes into view. I'm sure he doesn't think he gets paid enough for the great work he performs, but as long as I keep the treats flowing, and the belly rubs rubbing, he'll put up with it a while longer.  

If I were a betting man, I would say "Hank the Cowdog" is his hero. So we were sad to hear about the wildfire that destroyed Hank's creator John Erickson's ranch in the Texas Panhandle. And even sadder to hear of the tragic loss of life in Gray County, the county where I was born and raised. Events like this put life in perspective. Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones, and at the same time swell with pride with the outpouring of neighbors and strangers stepping up to help those affected. This is the America we recognize, the America we grew up in. We tip our hats to ya'll, and pray for wetter Spring.

Meanwhile, here in Missouri, Kathy's been busy prepping for a quick road trip back over to Kansas. Appears she's found another county we haven't explored enough, so as soon as the weather is better, we'll head over and check it out. She's also added a few more coloring downloads to our General Store, along with some magazines from our boxes that hadn't been emptied yet.
Well, better run for now, looks like Mr. Riley has found another turtle to relocate off the property. Gotta make sure he doesn't try to bury it in the firepit again. 

Glad to have you as a reader and hope you enjoy the latest additions to Legends of America. 

Dave "the dog scratcher" Alexander
What's New on LOA
Madam C.J. Walker - Blazing a Path in Business for Women - Born to newly freed slaves, Sarah Breedlove would make a name for herself as Madam C.J. Walker, and despite adversity, blaze a trail for women in business with her hair care and teachings.

A Quick History of Smith & Wesson Firearms - Author Lauren Topor submits the story of Smith & Wesson Firearms, told from the Model 3 American revolver to today’s modern rifles. 

Missing Ships Through the Decades - New to our Mysteries pages, there are dozens of missing and unexplained disappearances of American ships and boats where no evidence of the ship or crew have ever been found. Here are some of the notable ones.

Susan La Flesche Picotte - First Native PhysicianOmaha Indian Susan La Flesche would overcome the stigma of women in higher education to become the first Native American to receive a medical degree.
From our Photo Blog

That Time When... Walking the Streets of Tombstone - As part of our series looking back at previous adventures, we revisit our adventure to Tombstone, AZ in 2007, where we discovered more than just an Old West tourist destination, we also found the Ghost Town Trail.

Expansion on the American Revolution 

Kathy expanded our collection of articles about the American Revolution, and there's some interesting facts you may not have realized. 

A Capsule History of the Revolutionary War - The American Revolution was an event of sweeping worldwide importance. A costly war that lasted from 1775 to 1783, it secured American independence.

Prelude to the Revolutionary War - The French and Indian War set the stage for the American Revolution and was a landmark event in the European struggle for empire.
Privateers in the American Revolution - When the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, the infant nation was in no position to defy British rule of the seas so it turned to privateering. (By John Frayler)

American Indians and the American Revolution - Many Indian nations tried to stay out of the American Revolution, but some sided with the Americans, and some fought with the British as the best hope of protecting their homelands. (By Collin Calloway)

African Americans In The Revolutionary Period - African Americans in New England rallied to the patriot cause and were part of the militia forces that were organized into the new Continental Army during the American Revolution.

Did You Know?

Throughout the United States there are thousands of pictographs and petroglyphs with the greatest concentration in the American Southwest. The site that has the most is the Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico. At the monument, archaeologists have estimated there may be over 25,000 petroglyph images along the 17 miles of escarpment.

See our article on Native American Symbols, Pictographs and Petroglyphs
Words of the West

"I'm not afraid. I never liked long lasting acts." - Lillie Langtry

"They say I killed six or seven men for snoring. It ain't true. I only killed one man for snoring." - John Wesley Hardin.

"There were only two things the old-time cowpunchers were afraid of: a decent woman and being set afoot." - E.C. "Teddy Blue" Abbott

"The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is." — Mary Pettibone Poole
Bent's Fort National Historic Site
From our 2009 journey through parts of Colorado
Situated on the north bank of the Arkansas River in southeastern Colorado, this non-military fort was one of the most significant outposts on the Santa Fe Trail and as the principal outpost of American civilization on the southwestern Plains, it was instrumental in shaping the destiny of the area. In the heart of Indian country, buffalo hunting grounds and at the crossroads of key overland routes, it was a fur trading center and rendezvous point for traders and Indians; a way station and supply center for emigrants and caravans; and the chief point of contact and cultural transmission between white settlers and Indians of the southern Plains. In its later years it was a military staging base for the U.S. conquest of New Mexico.
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