Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - October 2023

Most Haunted in America, Last Major Train Robbery, Native American Heritage Month and more!

Legends of America Newsletter - October 2023

In this newsletter:

  • Most Haunted in America

  • True Crime

  • Last Major Train Robbery

  • Native American Heritage Month

and much more!

Latest from our world

I'm peering out my office window at a dreary, cold, and wet landscape covered in leaves that rained down on Fort Alexander like a storm. Love the beauty of Fall, but it sure leads to a lot of cleanup. Not to mention the whiplash as we went from 70o F to 39o F in less than 24 hours.

A great time to reminisce about past adventures. Like our end-of-summer/early fall trip up to Michigan back in 2014. We strolled into Iowa that August and came home through Indiana via the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan in late September.

We won't bog you down with all eleven of our photo blogs from the trip, but here are a few of our favorites.

Amana Colonies – The Community of True Inspiration

(From August 2014) Our first "primary" destination on this journey through the upper Midwest is Amana Colonies in Iowa. Amana, which means "believe faithfully", was established by the religious group Community of True Inspiration, with origins in Germany. See the photo blog here.

Images of Old World Wisconsin

(From August 2014) While staying in the area around Kettle Moraine State Park, our primary destination was Old World Wisconsin. This is an attraction run by the Wisconsin State Historical Society that was worth the admission price and then some. See the photo blog here.

Stonington Peninsula & Ghost Town Fayette

(From September 2014) It was a stormy exit from Wisconsin as we left Door County and headed out to Michigan and our next stop in Stonington Peninsula. We would spend several days at the Vagabond Resort just outside of Rapid River for some Lighthouse, Monarch butterfly, and Ghost Town fun. See the photo blog here.

Leelanau Peninsula and a Bit of Indiana

(From September 2014) The Leelanau Peninsula is a great stop for history and more along both shorelines (Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan) and you'll want to spend more time here than we had an opportunity to. After this stop, we started home with one more area on our minds before the final push, the Amish and Dutch Country of Indiana. See the photo blog here.

If you want to see the entire journey, I suggest starting with Amana Colonies and hit next at the bottom of each blog.

There's a lot more to yack on about in this month's newsletter. Thank you Friend for being a reader!

Dave & Kathy Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

*New Category*  True Crime in America - Over the years, most crimes are quickly forgotten, but many are remembered. From the American Revolution to the Civil War, Old West days, to the Great Depression, and beyond, here can be found many famous crime stories.

Serial Killers of America - A serial killer is typically a person who kills three or more people, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant period between them. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines serial murder as “a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone.

Elizabeth Short - The Black Dahlia - Elizabeth Short, known posthumously as the Black Dahlia was found murdered in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on January 15, 1947. Her death remains one of America's most intriguing unsolved murders.

Bank Robbers & Thieves - Bank robbery is a federal crime in the United States, and the FBI defines the act of robbery as taking or attempting to take property by the use of force. In many cases the offenders became part of American Folklore.

Ku Klux Klan - The Ku Klux Klan, commonly shortened to the KKK or the Klan, is the name of several historical and current American white supremacist, far-right terrorist organizations and hate groups.

United Airlines Highjacked in 1972 - On April 7, 1972, Richard Floyd McCoy, Jr. hijacked a United Airlines flight and parachuted from the plane over Utah with ransom money. This was one of the best-known of the D.B. Cooper copycat hijackings, but this time, FBI agents would track down the hijacker.

Clutter Family Murders - In Cold Blood - (Legends of Kansas) In 1959, the brutal murders of four members of the Clutter family in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas, shocked the nation when the story hit the news. Murder of this magnitude just didn’t happen to farm families in the heartland of America.

More from our Sister Site Legends Of Kansas

Fort Scott, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) Fort Scott, Kansas, the county seat of Bourbon County, is situated in the southeast part of the state, four miles from the Missouri State line. It was located on the south bank of the Marmaton River and named for General Winfield Scott. As of the 2020 census, the population was 7,552.

Garden City, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) Garden City, Kansas, located on the Arkansas River in southwest Kansas, is the county seat of Finney County. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 28,151. The city is home to Garden City Community College and the Lee Richardson Zoo, the largest zoological park in western Kansas.

Garfield County, Kansas – Lost in County Seat War - (Legends of Kansas) Garfield County, Kansas, located in the southwest portion of the state, was created on March 5, 1887 but only existed until 1892 after court battles.

Pierceville, Kansas – Tiny Town in Finney County - (Legends of Kansas) Cattlemen created Pierceville in the early spring of 1872 when the Barton Brothers drove 3,000 head of cattle up from southern Texas over the Great Western Trail.

Mapleton, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) When a post office was established on June 15, 1857, it was called Mapleton for a grove of maple trees near the original town site.

We've added over 20 new articles since our last newsletter...

From Ancient Cities to Native American Art. Vintage photos of tribes, lifestyles and more! Print Sizes small to large, Canvas, Wraps and more to choose from.

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Did You Know?

The last major American train robbery was attempted on November 25, 1937, on a Southern Pacific Railroad’s westbound Apache Limited out of El Paso, Texas.

Happy Halloween!

Over the years, numerous places across the United States have become known for ghostly legends and lore. Some of these sites are steeped in history, others were places of suffering and death, some housed the insane, and others are seemingly inhabited by previous owners who really don’t want to leave.

From Haunted Alcatraz Island to the Lemp Mansion...

Symbols & Totems Stones/Arrowheads

Totem Worry Stones

Nature's spirit stones are created by carving a variety of animal totem images and selected symbols into gemstones to unite the healing properties of the stones with the inherent power of these symbols. Makes a great addition to your Medicine Bag! The average totem stone is 1 1/2" long x 1" wide and 1/4" thick.

Symbol Arrowheads

Each of these hand-chipped stone arrowheads is inscribed with Native American symbols. Arrow maker and artist Jose Zamora, a member of the Apache tribe, living in Colorado, uses a quill pen and India ink to add the symbols, which signify various strengths such as health, balance, luck, friendship, strength, protection and more. Each arrowhead comes with a story card identifying a number of symbols.

Made in the USA.

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November is Native American Heritage Month

Preserving the remains of an ancient Native American city near Collinsville, Illinois, the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri. Covering more than 2,000 acres, Cahokia is the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico.

Let's Adventure to

Native American Quotes – Great Words From Great Americans

“Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book?” – Sogoyewapha, “Red Jacket,” Seneca

“Our land is everything to us… I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it – with their lives.” – John Wooden Leg, Cheyenne

“Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.” – Mourning Dove [Christine Quintasket] (1888-1936) Salish

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Popular Stories on Facebook

In case you missed it, here are some of the articles that have been popular on our Facebook Fan Pages recently.

St. Elmo, Colorado, a former gold mining camp, is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in Colorado, and the entire district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

[St. Elmo, Colorado, Main Street, about 1885, a touch of color LOA.]

Originally living in a wide area of the Great Basin and Great Plains and sharing similar Shoshone languages, they are closely related to the Comanche, Paiute, and Ute Indians.

[Photo: Shoshoni Indians and Skin Tepies, photo circa 1880s]

Born October 12, 1812, John Boyden Adams was a professional hunter of grizzly bears who became well-known after his involvement in P.T. Barnum’s Circus. You may know him as Grizzly Adams.

[photo: John "Grizzly" Adams, circa 1858 in San Francisco. ]

The first sale of town lots was held on October 9, 1854. It was primarily to support Fort Leavenworth but quickly became the springboard to the west. The settlement was the first official incorporated town in Kansas.

[Photo: Fifth Street in Leavenworth, Kansas by Alexander Gardner, 1867. Touch of Color LOA.]

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