Subject: Legends Of America Newsletter - May 2018

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Legends of America Newsletter - May 2018
We have a lot to get to in this newsletter, so I'll try to be brief.  HA, brief...ha ha ha..I crack myself up sometimes.  

First a note about privacy to get this over with. You are receiving this newsletter because you signed up for it. We don't send unsolicited email. New privacy laws in Europe take effect this week, and we have quite a few readers there. Here's a link to our updated Privacy Policy.  If you don't want this newsletter, there's a handy unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email. But we sure are glad you are reading this!  Hope that makes us in compliance with all ya'll in Europe. 

Kathy's been obsessing over the Oregon Trail, which you can see for yourself in the What's New section below.  It's a pretty big expansion of the material we already had and I hope you enjoy. She's also added in a couple of ghost towns and a few old west characters for good measure.  

We're still in the home stretch with converting all our old pages on Legends Of America to the new design. You may still run into a few pages here and there, but we're making great progress, especially considering Kathy's ramp up of new articles.  

On the home front, we're treading a little after getting over six inches of glorious rain in just a couple of days. We really needed it, like most of ya'll do, but sure wish Ma Nature wouldn't binge all at once. Oh well, tis the season right?  Let's wish for a few more days of spring before the summer heat turns the moisture into a sauna.

Hope everyone had a great Mother's Day, and is looking forward to Father's Day!  Don't forget, we have some pretty unique gifts in our General Store, and Photo Print Shop.  We also have a dandy special that we're letting you, our newsletter readers, in on first.  See our Anniversary coupon deal below. 

Ok, time to go clean out the gutters.


Dave "sure hope I float" Alexander. 

What's New on LOA

May 22, 1843 - The Great Migration with up to 1,000 settlers, livestock and more, depart in a massive wagon train on the Oregon Trail.  We've expanded our Overland Trail stories.
Why a Trail to Oregon? - Excerpted from The Oregon Trail; the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean, Federal Writers Project, 1939 - All explorers, nearly all pioneers, and certainly all the fur traders who headed to the American West belonged to a restless breed.

Hall Jackson Kelley – Promoting the Oregon Trail - Hall Jackson Kelley was writer and teacher from New England who was known for his strong advocacy for western settlement of the Oregon Country in the 1830s.

Oregon-California Trail Timeline - For 25 years, as many as 500,000 people traveled the overland trails to Oregon, California, and Utah. Here’s a timeline that looks at events leading up to and through the migration.

Oregon-California Trail Facts - Dozens of facts about the overland trails to the west coast.

Indians and Emigrants on the Overland Trails - Contrary to Hollywood depictions and popular myths that portray the natives in a negative light as savages, the historical record presents a different story.

Crime and Punishment on the Overland Trails - Given the extremes which tested overland trail emigrants to their limits, the evidence of crime among the travelers was low, but it did happen.

Danger and Hardship on the Oregon Trail - Though much of written history looks at the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail as romantic, almost one in ten who embarked on the trail would not survive.

Disease and Death on the Overland Trails - Healthcare in the frontier was an imperfect science in the mid-19th century, and mortality rates were lamentably high.

Ephraim Brown – Murdered on the Oregon Trail - Missouri pioneer, Ephraim James Brown, is the only man who was murdered on the Oregon Trail whose grave remains with a known location.

Sager Orphans on the Oregon Trail - The Sager family traveled the Oregon Trail in 1844. The children were orphaned and would suffer more tragedy before their ordeal was complete.

Utter-Van Ornum Massacre - In 1860 one of the worst massacres along the Oregon Trail took place in Idaho involving a wagon train of 44 people who would be attacked by Indians.

For more information and links to all related articles, see Oregon Trail - Pathway to the West

It's not all about the Oregon's more new articles since our last newsletter. 
Sailor’s Diggings & the Triskitt Gang’s Lost Loot - The bustling miners camp of Sailors’ Diggings, Oregon was visited by the murderous Triskett Gang, who were said to have left behind their stolen loot. Today there’s nothing left of the town that was once the county seat.

Ferd Patterson – Living and Dying by the Gun - Ferdinand “Ferd” J. Patterson was a “dandy” gambler, gunfighter, and outright killer who made the rounds of California, Idaho, and Oregon, and Washington.”

Sumner Pinkham – Dead at the Hands of a Gunfighter - Sumner Pinkham, who was the first sheriff of Boise County, Idaho was killed by gunfighter Ferd Patterson in 1865.
Idaho City, Idaho – Queen of the Boise Basin - Idaho City, Idaho was once bustling with miners living in the largest town between St. Louis and San Francisco.

Jules Beni – Corruption and Violence in Old Julesburg, Colorado - Jules Beni (sometimes referred to as Jules Reni) was a western outlaw who was the corrupt manager of the Central Overland, California & Pike’s Peak Express.

Will “Black Jack” Christian – Leading the High Fives Gang - Will “Black Jack” Christian was the leader of a gang of robbers called the High Fives Gang, committing crimes in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Bob Hayes- Riding With the High Fives Gang - Bob Hayes, aka: Sam Hassell, John West was an outlaw, he began his criminal career as a horse thief before becoming a member of the High Fives Gang.

George West Musgrave – All-Around Bad Man - An outlaw member of the High Fives Gang, Musgrave, a cheerful and soft-spoken man, was a cattle rustler, robber, and killer.

Code Young – Cowboy Outlaw – Hailing from Texas, Code Young was working as a cowboy near Roswell, New Mexico before becoming a member of the High Fives Gang
Did You Know?

Memorial Day in the U.S.A. started as "Decoration Day" and can be traced back as early as June 1861 during the Civil War. The term "Memorial Day" wasn't used until 1882, and wouldn't become common in the nations vocabulary until after World War II.  

To all the families and loved ones of those lost in service to our nation, our thoughts are with you this upcoming Memorial Day. Our prayers are always with you.
Featured Travel - South Pass City, Wyoming

In September of 2009 we took a journey along the Oregon Trail in Wyoming and made our way to this historic mining camp.
A historic stop about ten miles north of the Oregon Trail and a once bustling gold mining camp, South Pass City is one of the best known ghost towns in Wyoming, as well as one of the most authentic old settlements in the American West.

Situated in a small valley along the banks of Willow Creek on the southeastern end of the Wind River Mountains, South Pass City got its start in the summer of 1867 when gold was discovered in the Wind River Mountains by a group of Mormon prospectors.

Popular on Facebook 

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

Virginia City and the Comstock Lode 

It now boasts about 1,000 residents, and though a shadow of its former self, it draws more than two million visitors per year.

Sitting Bull - Lakota Chief and Holy Man

"There are few to whom his name is not familiar, and still fewer who have learned to connect it with anything more than the conventional notion of a bloodthirsty savage."

(From our primary Legends' Facebook Page)
Cynthia Ann Parker - White Woman in a Comanche World

May 19, 1836, Fort Parker is attacked, and a little girl is kidnapped.

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June marks Legends of America's 15th year on the world wide web!  And all along, Legends' General Store has been a primary funding source for our love of history.  Formerly known as the Rocky Mountain General Store, we began selling an eclectic mix of everything from books and magazines, to t-shirts and herbal remedies. I shouldn't leave out postcards, and boy do we have postcards

Our Photo Print Shop came to be around 2004, and has also provided needed funding to run our website, continue this free newsletter, and help with travel costs. 

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Your vast variety of subjects and categories is a little overwhelming. Have you thought about doing a daily featured story, maybe the most recently added, or this day in the wild west, or even a randomly chosen story that you consider of particular interest?

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With reference to most recently added, in the same area look under What’s New, or simply go to our What’s New page.

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