Subject: Legends of America - November 2019 Newsletter

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Legends of America Newsletter - November 2019
In This Edition: 
  • Awa Tsireh - Pueblo Painter, and more under What's New!
  • Thanksgiving in America
  • The Tabor Triangle
  • Indians and Emigrants on the Overland Trails
  • Unique Gift Ideas
  • more...
Notes from our world..
I want to say upfront, I envy those of you who have skills with carpentry.  We love our home and are fortunate, grateful, and all that. But having a home like ours, over 50 years old, you run into the unexpected once in a while.

Such was the case a few weeks back when we noticed the kitchen floor was getting "soft" in places. Sure enough, when I pulled out the dishwasher, it was immediately apparent we had a leak, and have had for quite a while. I reached down to investigate and literally scooped up a handful of the second layer of subfloor. 

I briefly thought, just fix the leak and be done, no one will care..but then the realization that our kitchen sits over a basement immediately brought images in my mind of Kathy falling through while getting her morning coffee. Long story short, an entire section of subfloor had to be replaced, and I learned quickly that I can't cut a straight line. I also learned that I didn't appreciate the Kitchen Island in the living room, nor the refrigerator in the middle of the kitchen. 

Two weeks later, after utilizing a friend's table saw, and with much trimming and hammering, I finally had the replacement floor in place, although not a perfect match.  Sure glad Kathy had that extra floor rug in the garage. 

During this adventure, the master bath toilet decided to crack. I tackled that project as well, and we decided to go ahead and get one of those ADA approved thrones. Why not, it will likely be our last one in that bathroom while we're here. If you're not familiar, these are larger than normal, sit higher so you can get up easier, and have a bigger bowl.  I had no idea how much bigger though. OMG! I now refer to it as 'the pond', and worry about Kathy falling in it

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!
Dave "too bad it's white, I could be on Golden Pond" Alexander
Posters from Legends' General Store

Our 11x17" semi-glossy mini-posters cover everything from the Old West to Route 66 and points in-between. And now we're in the process of making many of these available in a special "frame-worthy" 11x14 glossy.  

Don't forget to save 10% when you use coupon code NEWS10
What's New on LOA

Here are the latest additions since our last newsletter
Saloon Art and Decor – Much like today’s bars, saloon walls were often filled with vendor posters and products, such as whiskey, beer, wine, cigars, and tobacco. Also, commonly seen were posters for area productions, such as theater, musicians, Wild West Shows, circuses, and especially Burlesque.

Russell Lee – Historic Photographer – Russell Lee was a photographer and photojournalist who became a member of the team of the federally sponsored Farm Security Administration
Awa Tsireh – Pueblo Painter – Awa Tsireh, also known as Alfonso Roybal, was one of the first Pueblo painters to receive recognition by the Santa Fe, New Mexico art community.

Walker Evans – Great Depression Photographer – Walker Evans was a photographer who is best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression.

John C. H. Grabill – Photographing the West – John C. H. Grabill was an American photographer who is well known for his photographs taken in South Dakota and Wyoming in the late 19th century.

Professional Photo Prints to Decorate Your Home

Come see our expanding collection of Advertising Photo Prints at Legends' Photo Print Shop!  The perfect way to add some "color" to your decorating style, in print sizes ranging from small to large, printed by the professionals at Mpix Pro & Miller Photo Labs in Kansas and Missouri. Use the quick shop sidebar for popular sizes, or click "Visit Shop" for all Prints, Canvas Wraps and more! 

Also see our collections from the Old West, Route 66, Native American, Destinations and More!

Don't forget to take 10% off with coupon code NEWS10 during checkout. 
Did You Know?
It wouldn't be November without talking turkey. The way we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States today is not without its controversies and debates, but it remains a time for Americans to give thanks for the Fall harvest, good fortune, and blessings from God.

The idea of celebrating the harvest pre-dates the Pilgrims with origins that can be traced back to the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Even Native Americans annually celebrated their harvest long before Europeans or the Spanish ever arrived on the North American Continent.

In America, although we recognize the Pilgrims' three-day feast at Plymouth in October of 1621 as the first Thanksgiving in the new world, celebrations can be found dating back to the 1500s.
Legends' Old West Book Package

A package deal of books (paperback) by Kathy Weiser-Alexander and Legends Of America. Includes 'Old West Lawmen', 'Lynchings, Hanging's & Vigilante Groups', and 'Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases'. Save $$s off suggested retail, and even more when you use coupon code NEWS10 in cart view.  

Also, see our BONUS OFFERs of additional Legends' books with more savings at Legends' General Store.
The Tabor Triangle - Rags, Riches & Scandal

The Tabor Triangle, involving Horace, Augusta, and Elizabeth McCourt Baby Doe Tabor, is a rags to riches story full of scandal and intrigue in the Rocky Mountains. Horace Tabor, a simple merchant, grubstaked a couple of miners in Leadville, Colorado, and soon became wealthy and influential. He left his wife for a much younger woman — Baby Doe, resulting in high scandal. Both Horace and Baby Doe died in poverty.
Personalized Pocket Watch from Legends' General Store

Hurry, time is running out for that perfect, personalized gift from Legends' General Store! Like this Handsome and a little bit mysterious, personalized Midnight Pocket Watch. A classic with a modern twist, featuring an attractive black finish and matching black face adorned with white Roman numerals. The watch features Quartz Movement and includes a sturdy 14" removable chain. Great gift idea!. Measures 1 1/2" in diameter. 

Personalize with three lines up to 15 characters per line.

This item ships to USA customers only.

Hurry, time is limited for delivery by Christmas. Orders must be placed by December 11! 

Indians and Emigrants on the Overland Trails
Contrary to Hollywood depictions and popular myths that portray the natives in a negative light as savages, mercilessly victimizing pioneers, the historical record presents a different story. In fact, sustained attacks by Indians on wagon trains were rare and encounters between Indians and emigrants were, more often, peaceful and mutually advantageous.

One of the common scenes in western films shows circled wagon trains under attack by Indians. However, pioneers circled their wagons at night mostly to keep their draft animals from wandering off, not protect against an ambush.

Popular on Facebook 

In case you missed are some articles that have received the most interaction on our Facebook fan pages over the past month. 

Rhyolite Nevada - Little More than a Memory - Rhyolite began when Shorty Harris and Ernest L. Cross discovered gold on August 4, 1904. The town grew just south of the claim they called the Bullfrog.

The ShoShone - Continuing the Traditions of Their Ancestors - The Eastern Shoshone and the Shoshone-Bannock have preserved much of their traditional lands and retain their traditional ceremonies.

(From our primary Legends' Facebook Page)
Joseph City and the Jackrabbit Trading Post - Joseph City, Arizona, first called Allen’s Camp, was a popular stop along Route 66, known for more than just the Jack Rabbit Trading Post.

Thank you for your support!

We can't say enough how much your support keeps us motivated in sharing our love of American History and travel destinations. Our primary funding is through our General Store and Photo Print Shop, but your donations through our Tip Jar have also played a large role during our website remodel, and continue to help with our server and technical costs. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
What Our Readers are saying: 

My great-grandfather, Joseph Schneider came to Kansas in 1869. He rode on the cowcatcher of the locomotive and arrived in Salina KS. in the Spring of 1869. He then walked @ 6 miles W of Salina and homesteaded a piece of land that is still in the Schneider name to this day. - James (Ref: Kansas Pacific Railroad)

Bill Sioux (Guffey Garage) and Lydia Reynolds (31 Mile Ranch) here. Thanks for your charming and accurate article about our quirky village. Monster does, in fact, live… right now sitting on my lap. You can see Monster, the big black mayor with yellow eyes, at the Guffey Garage.... - Lydia (Ref: Guffey, Co - Quirky Mining Town)

My maternal grandfather was employed there and mother born in Swastika in 1930. I have a company photograph of the employees , including, then superintendent Jim Stewart, taken 11 Nov 1935. - Virgil (Ref: Swastika, New Mexico)

Enjoy your publication. I’m a 76 year old woman who travels the highways and byways of our great nation between two to four months a year. Love the state, county & back roads meeting people and soaking up scenery & history. Check out “Dead Indian Highway” in southern Oregon east of Ashland. - Highways & Byways Louise

I am more than pleased to read AUDIE MURPHY: AMERICA’S GREATEST HERO. Being a huge fan of Audie’s, I am always happy to read about him, even if it repeat knowledge. He’s been my hero for so many years, I’ve lost count. My Papa served in WWII, and soldiers have a special place in my heart. Thank you for the article I have ‘NO NAME ON THE BULLET’ on my book case, facing out, of course. And for anyone having not see the movie,” TO HELL AND BACK”, you are in for a real treat. It’s a must see. - Julie 

Thank you for such an awesome site, I’m on it all the time. Always something new and interesting to find out ! - Bo

I came across your website while I was gathering information about the mountain route of the Santa Fe Trail. My family had a ranch called the Oxbow which they started at the turn of the century. It occupied parts of three counties; one being Las Animas. My family arrived in Colorado in the late 1870's, and my mother indicated that the mountain route crossed over part of their ranch. I've enjoyed looking at your website, and will keep coming back. Thank you. - Robert (Ref: The Santa Fe Trail)

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