Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - October 2020

Historic Arrow Rock, Nevada Lawman Sam Gay, Disaster at Peshtigo, Teddy and much more!

Legends of America Newsletter - October 2020

In this newsletter:

  • Historic Arrow Rock

  • Nevada lawman Sam Gay

  • Disaster at Peshtigo

  • Teddy

and much more!

The sun rises redder than usual due to smoke from California

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It's October. I should tell you a scary story, but all I can think about is how frightening my garage is. We built our 30x30 vehicle holder/shipping office over 10 years ago. In that time I've had a vehicle in it twice, and for less than 48 hours total.

Over the last several years it has been a mix of junk and stuff Kathy collected from flea markets, auctions, and the remnants of her own, now gone, booth at a local Antique Mall. We're talking about everything from flower vases to an actual Church Pew.

Luckily, after all the recent home projects, there were even more piles of junk outside, so a nice big dumpster was hauled in. I'm excited to report there may actually be enough room for one of our pickups once I get that pew out of the way. I'll have to create a path to the shipping office, but I can still dodge and weave.

Speaking of dodging, so far we have stayed well through the pandemic and even had a chance to see most of our grandgirls in the past 45 days. Staying cautious though as our county has been in the "red" since mid-September. Missouri doesn't have the lockdowns as some of y'all do. You know, free country and all. These are strange times indeed, and personal responsibility is king in 2020.

Life's messy. But it's cupcake messy, so dig in!

Dave "I can see a floor in that garage" Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

main street in Arrow Rock Missouri

Arrow Rock, Missouri & The Santa Fe Trade - The entirety of this small town, situated on the Missouri River in Saline County, is designated as a National Historic District for its significance during Westward Expansion, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail.

Montserrat, Missouri - Coal Camp to Ghost Town - Montserrat, Missouri, located between Warrensburg and Knob Noster in Johnson County got its start in 1867, as a coal camp but is a ghost town today.

Lock Springs, Missouri - Lock Springs, Missouri, located in southeast Daviess County, is a very small town filled with abandoned business buildings and sidewalks that lead nowhere.

Sam Gay

Sam Gay - The Sagebrush Sheriff - (From author Anthony Dee Varrone) Sam Gay's history in the first quarter of the 20th century was the history of Clark County and the city of Las Vegas. Big Sam would be the law for decades.

Gunsmoke - A Retelling for the Masses - Hundreds of pages have been written and thousands of hours of screen-time dedicated to the settling of the wild American West. But it was Gunsmoke, one of the longest-running television shows in American history, would take up the mantle as one of the most realistic representations of life in Dodge City.

New in our Lost Landmarks and Vanished Sites

Jolly Cholly Funland - Jolly Cholly’s Funland in North Attleboro, Massachusetts once had traffic backed up for miles, but today, it is a vanished site.

Legends of Kansas

New on our sister website Legends of Kansas

Kansas National Forest?? - (From our Legends Of Kansas website) Did you know for about 10 years in the early 20th century, Kansas had a National Forest in the southwest part of the state?

Kansas Central Railway - (From our Legends Of Kansas website) The Kansas Central Railway Company was incorporated in June 1871 with the objective of building a railroad and telegraph line across Kansas from Leavenworth to Denver, Colorado where it would meet a connection with the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.

Stony Point, Kansas - (From our Legends Of Kansas website) First called Hickory Point, this small community was never large enough to have had a post office. However, it has the distinction of being the site of the first murder of an American settler in Kansas during the lead up to the Kansas-Missouri Border War.

There's more since our last newsletter...

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Did You Know?

The Peshtigo Fire, illustration in Harper’s Weekly, November 1871

On the night of October 8, 1871, the city of Chicago would see the beginnings of one of the largest disasters of the 19th Century that would leave at least 300 people dead, and destroy over 3 square miles of the city.

While history recorded the Great Chicago Fire as one of the worst in America, the headlines overshadowed a greater tragedy that same day due to the slow spread of the news. Between 1,200 to 2,500 American’s lost their lives, and 1.2 million acres of land were burned, in what is known as the Peshtigo Firestorm, the deadliest in United States recorded history.

Read about it here

The Custer House at Fort Riley

Fort Riley, Kansas, established in the early 1850s, has seen its share of sorrow, through War and Pandemic. Still an active Military Base, it's no surprise Fort Riley is allegedly host to several of its former residents.

Read Fort Riley History and Hauntings

Legends' Photo Print Shop

Take a stroll through our many galleries where you'll find hundreds of photos we've taken during our many travels to historic destinations across America, as well a large collection of vintage photos that we've digitally collected and restored along the way.

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Roosevelt's Rough Riders

Born October 27, 1858, the much-beloved 26th President of the United States was a military officer, author, naturalist, cowboy, and conservationist who established himself as an American Icon.

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Navajo prisoners on the Long Walk

The Long Walk of the Navajo, also called the Long Walk to Bosque Redondo, was an Indian removal effort of the United States government in 1863 and 1864. 8,500 men, women, and children were marched almost 300 miles from northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico to Bosque Redondo, a desolate tract on the Pecos River in eastern New Mexico. Many would not make it.

Learn more about this tragic event

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Goldfield Nevada early 1900s

Goldfield, Nevada – Queen of the Mining Camps - September 13, 1913, Goldfield, Nevada suffered a devastating blow when heavy rains in the hills to the west caused a rolling wall of water to pour into the city, sweeping away hundreds of buildings and all their contents.

Walla Walla tribe

Walla Walla – People of Many Waters - A Sahaptin tribe who lived for centuries on the Columbia River Plateau in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington, their name is translated several ways but, most often, as “many waters.”

For your morning coffee - Sudden riches often lead to madness, say old prospectors. Often, the mere idea that he has acquired a vast fortune unsettles a man’s mind. Tragedies of Gold Seekers (written in 1922).

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