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Legends of America Newsletter - October 2019
In this edition:
  • Audie Murphy, America's Greatest Hero (and more under What's New)
  • History of Halloween
  • A Salute to Veterans
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • A trip to the Stanley Hotel
  • more...
Notes from our world: 

Things that go bump in the night, monsters behind the house at 4 am, spiders in my path, yeah those can be frightening, but let me tell you what's really scaring me lately... ME.

I remember back when I was a support tech in the computer world telling clients they really needed to update their system. Most would, but there were always those few who would scoff and give several reasons not to change things. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" was the general attitude. I used to shake my head and tell them they might regret not moving forward.

Now here I am, 10 years removed from that corporate world of techy stuff, clinging to my iPhone SE, my 2013 laptop, and dreading the fact I'm being pushed to update Kathy's laptop from Windows 7.

In a way, I feel like I'm becoming my father. I recall, through the years before his death, he steadily became ingrained in his specific way of doing things. Try a different food? Probably not. Wear something other than a western shirt? Nah. Get beyond "Walker Texas Ranger" on the TV?  HAH, good luck with that. 

And here I am today, on a steady diet of peanut butter sandwiches, and wearing the same old t-shirts until they are too holey to wear. I'm even taking on the physical characteristics of my late father.  As he got older, his backside got flatter. I weigh pretty much the same I did 10 years ago, but I'm no longer able to keep my pants up with a belt (the same belt I had back then I'm sure). And the more I lose my arse, the more it moves around to my belly, just like Dad.

I guess I'm going through my midlife crisis, and it is frightening Halloween indeed. Thank goodness Kathy puts up with me. 

Dave "Who's that ghoul in the mirror?" Alexander. 

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What's New on LOA

Here are the latest additions since our last newsletter
Audie Murphy – America’s Greatest Hero – Award-winning and best selling author Rena Winters explores the life of Audie Murphy after returning from World War II as one of America’s most decorated heroes.

Alice ‘Alse’ Young – First Witch Hanging Victim in Colonial America – Author Beth Caruso discusses what we know, and what we don’t about the first person to be convicted for witchcraft crimes and hanged for it in colonial America.

The Crucial Role of the Negro Motorist Green Book – The Negro Motorist Green Book was a guidebook published annually for African-Americans traveling across the country during the era of Jim Crow Laws. (Rewrite and expansion of previous article)

Coffeyville, Kansas & the Deadly Dalton Gang – Coffeyville, Kansas in southeastern Montgomery County was one of many bustling Kansas cowtowns and the site of the famous Dalton Gang bank robbery in 1892.

The Ghost of White Woman Creek, Kansas – Winding through western Kansas, White Woman Creek starts in Colorado and disappears into White Woman Basin. It is said to be haunted.

Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Trail, Kansas – The Fort Hays-fort Dodge Trail, established in 1867, was first used by the military, followed by civilian traffic. It continued to be used regularly until the Santa Fe Railroad reached Dodge City in 1872.

Bring Civil War History to Life at These Iconic War Sites – Take a Civil War road trip through the south to some of these iconic war sites. (article submitted by Traci Magnus, Dunes Properties)

November is Native American Heritage Month

  • Started as American Indian Day with 97th Congress in 1983.
  • Then American Indian Week in the 99th Congress in 1986.
  • Evolved into National American Indian Heritage Month with 101st Congress in 1990.
Native Americans, or the indigenous peoples of the Americas, are the pre-Columbian inhabitants of North and South America and their descendants. Those who live within the boundaries of the present-day United States are composed of numerous, distinct tribes, bands and ethnic groups, many of which survive as intact, sovereign nations.

The History of Halloween

One of the oldest holidays still celebrated, this seemingly bizarre tradition originated hundreds of years ago with the Celtic people of pre-medieval Europe. The Celts were a diverse group of tribal societies of the Iron Age and Roman-era Europe, which are thought to have originated in Austria about 800 BC. All speaking some version of the Celtic language, by 450 BC, the culture had expanded across Europe.
The Haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado
Ten years ago, we stayed the night at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, not only famous for its old-world charm and excellent service, but also for its “active” paranormal phenomena and spirit folklore. The 100+-year-old hotel, located about five miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, offers panoramic views of Lake Estes and the Rocky Mountains, and especially Long’s Peak.
Veterans Day is Monday, November 11
It was “the war to end all wars.” Or at least that’s how World War I was viewed in November of 1918 when it was known simply as “The Great War”.

And it was on the eleventh hour.. of the eleventh day.. of the eleventh month in 1918 that fighting ended on the western front of the war through an armistice; A day which would eventually be remembered and recognized in the U.S. as Veterans Day.

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. 

Bodie – A Ghostly Ghost Town - Bodie, California is a genuine gold-mining ghost town located east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California

The Ho-Chunk or Winnebago of Wisconsin - The Ho-Chunk, also known as Hoocaagra or Winnebago, are a Siouan-speaking Native American people whose historic territory included parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.

(From our primary Legends' Facebook Page)
Tombstone, Arizona – The Town Too Tough To Die -October 26, 1881, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would last for less than a minute, but would forever be ingrained in Old West history.

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What Our Readers are saying: 

I just want to say I love your website!! So much information. I especially love all the first person accounts and primary sources you have on old west. Best old west website I have ever been on. Just wanted to say thanks!!! - Dustin in Missouri

This really brought back memories of my short visit there in 2001. At the time I had a driving deadline to reach and almost turned round on the long rough road drive there - I was so glad I didn't as it was the most memorable place I visited during my 3 week trip. Clive (Ref: Bodie Ghost Town Photo Gallery)

Thank you for your historical account of Apple Creek. We’ve known very little of the area and find the information helpful in our genealogy work of our family. ... C Dueringer (Ref: Old Appleton, Missouri - Bridging Apple Creek)

My grandfather grew up in Dawson. His father, uncles, brothers, and cousins all worked in the mines, some perishing in the various tragedies associated with them. When we were kids, we would sometimes visit the cemetery, making sure our great grandfather’s grave marker was still intact, as well as my great uncles’, if we could find them.... Anyway, thank you for the article, and the time and research it took to write it. It is important that we keep ties to these places, not only for ambiguous historical purposes but also because so much of our own personal history remains in places like these. D.W. (Ref: The Ghosts of Dawson, New Mexico)

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