Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - September 2023

Adventure from Alamosa, Kansas Blizzard of 1886, Monster Crash at Crush, Haunted St. Augustine, and More!

Legends of America Newsletter - September 2023

In this newsletter:

  • Adventure from Alamosa

  • Kansas Blizzard of 1886

  • Monster Crash at Crush

  • Haunted St. Augustine

and much more!

Latest from our world

Found It! In our last newsletter, I wrote how we did not see the ruins of Colfax, New Mexico, when we came through on our way to Eagle Nest. Well, it was there, just not in the same form it used to be.

But that's the way of the ghost town, slowly fading into the landscape. We really start noticing this more as places we photographed 20 years ago are completely gone now. All the more reason to continue our travels and document what's there today.

One region we want to spend more time in is the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. So we made our way north from Moreno Valley in New Mexico and had a mini-grand adventure.

See our latest Photo Travel Blog:

Looking for a “base” to explore parts of Southern Colorado, we landed in Alamosa for a fun few days of exploring the Great National Sand Dunes and the historic mining district of Creede, Colorado.

Read "Adventure from Alamosa - Dunes to Ruins"

Related Articles:

Creede Colorado - Silver & Gold on the Rio Grande

San Luis Valley

Ghost Towns & Mining Camps of Colorado

Related Photo Print Galleries: 

Great Sand Dunes Colorado

Creede Colorado

In the meantime, September is Mayhem as usual. Already enjoying more moderate temps, catching up on home projects, and looking forward to our next adventure, where ever that may take us.

Enjoy this months newsletter!

Dave & Kathy Alexander

From Legends' Photo Print Shop

We've had a few adventures through Colorado and have accumulated a great collection of galleries to browse through. Photo prints are available in many sizes, small to large, in canvas, wraps, and more!

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See our Colorado Ghost Towns, Mining Camps & Forts Collection

What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

Greenlease Kidnapping in Kansas City, Missouri - In 1953, six-year-old Robert Cosgrove Greenlease Jr. was kidnapped from Kansas City, Missouri, murdered, and ransomed for $600,000.

The Legend of Daisy Town: A Journey Through Time in the Smoky Mountains - (submitted by Ck Harrington) Daisy Town's story is intricately woven into the tapestry of American history, reflecting the birth of tourism and the inception of the National Parks.

Revitalizing Abandoned Coal Mining Towns: Exploring Opportunities for Repurposing and Sustainability - (submitted by Jackie Edwards) Throughout the country, sustainable and exciting initiatives are underway to resculpt these old mining communities.

Tips on Traveling with Pets Across the Country - (submitted by Alejandra Leyva) But before you strap in Fido or whisk Whiskers away on a grand journey, traversing the nation with your beloved animal sidekick requires a fusion of preparation, patience, and a pinch of adventure.

Missouri in the Civil War - During the Civil War, Missouri was a hotly contested border state populated by Union and Confederate sympathizers.

Kansas Blizzard of 1886 - (Legends of Kansas) The blizzard of December 1885 and January 1886 was probably the most destructive to life and property of any storm that ever swept over Kansas.

Jetmore, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) Jetmore, Kansas, the county seat of Hodgeman County, was initially called Buckner when it was laid out in 1879.

Hodgeman County, Kansas (Legends of Kansas) Hodgeman County, Kansas, in the southwest part of the state, was established and named for Amos Hodgman, a Captain of the 7th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry and noted buffalo hunter, in February 1887.

Weir, Kansas - (Legends of Kansas) - A former coal-mining town, Weir was founded and laid out in 1872.

From Legends' General Store

"Native American Indian Tribes" poster locates over 300 original territories of the major American Indian tribes. Each location has been approved by the tribal council. The artwork is from an original painting by Bill Strobel.

Poster measures 17" x 24". Great for classroom and learning projects.

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Made in the USA.

Did You Know?

There once was a town in Texas that existed only for a day, and exclusively for one event. To purposely crash two locomotives head-on, September 15, 1896.

The Great Chicago Fire of 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.

From Legends' General Store

We have a collection of Legends' original designed postcards for the Old West Lover.

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Made in the U.S.A.

Potawatomi Trail of Death

In September 1838, 859 Potawatomi Indians were forced from their homeland near Plymouth, Indiana, and made to march 660 miles to present-day Osawatomie, Kansas. During the two-month journey, 42 members of the tribe, mostly children, died of typhoid fever and the stress of the forced removal, and about as many had escaped along the journey. When they arrived in Osawatomie, Kansas, that November, there were only 756 of the tribe left.

Haunted St. Augustine

Located in Northeast Florida, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States. It is appropriately called the “Nation’s Oldest City”, and to many of the locals, it is known as the “Ancient City”. After more than 450 years, it is also said to be one of the most haunted cities in America.

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.

Nevadaville, Colorado, an old mining town in Gilpin County, was yet another settlement that got its start in Gregory Gulch at the same time as Black Hawk and Central City in 1859.

September 3, 1886, General Nelson Miles convinced Geronimo to surrender, promising he could return to Arizona after an indefinite exile in Florida. Another promise never kept.

Born September 5, 1878, Rose Elizabeth Dunn, also known as the Rose of Cimarron, was best known for her romantic involvement with outlaw George “Bitter Creek” Newcomb in the days of Old West.

Named for J. K. McCracken and established in December 1886, the town would profit in the early 1900s from “wonder mud," which was widely used by drilling companies throughout the U.S.

Take a quick trip through the history of McCracken, Kansas.

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