Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - April 2018

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Legends of America Newsletter - April, 2018
Another glorious morning at Fort Alexander. Actually this photo is from the last day in March, and since that time there hasn't been too many 'sunrises' we could see. At one point I thought ol' ma nature was playing hide-and-seek with Spring. Getting better though, and we just might be done with the heating bill. I thought that last month so we'll see.

As the mornings get warmer I'm hearing a lot more wildlife on my way to the cabin office. Of course, this is at 4am, so this morning when the owl and a family of foxes were trying to outdo each other nearby I made sure to send the dogs out first. Still dealing with that creek monster effect :P

Haven't had time to get the mower running yet, and the yard is about at the point I'll have to weed whack it first anyway. Most of the yard is weeds this time of year, so I could just wait until the weed killer kicks in. I sure hope Kathy don't mind clumps of grass between dirt for a while. 

In the meantime, I've been enjoying some Texas history every morning from our friend Paul Mosely. We 'met' Paul online through our website a while back. He has an awesome 'Texas' style voice and does a daily feature on Lone Star State history. I appreciate Paul's style so much I helped hook him up with Benton County here in Missouri for a video promoting the passage of a sales tax to pay for a new Jail. The one we have here in Warsaw was originally built in the 1860's. I'm sure the Sheriff's officers and others would appreciate getting away from the bats and into better digs.  I'm happy to report that Benton County residents agreed, and proud Paul could play a small part in that effort. I hope they turn that old building into a museum. You can check out Paul on the Today in Texas Facebook group.  

Here's to a great May ahead!

Dave 'killer of lawns' Alexander
What's New on LOA

Here's the latest additions since our last newsletter
Mormon Handcart Tragedy of 1856 – The Mormon handcart pioneers were participants in the migration of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1856, over 200 would perish on their journey.

Henry Hudson – An English explorer, Hudson is best known for his explorations of present-day Canada and parts of the northeastern United States.

Did You Know?

Steamboat's used to roam on water in Death Valley.  Really.

In Owens Valley on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Range, desert steamers once served the silver mining boom of the 1870’s. This curious maritime history began in 1872 when the first steamboat was christened on the saline waters of Owens Lake, long since dried up.

Camping Recipes

Planning to hit the road this summer? Don't let your outdoor adventure sneak by without trying some of these delicious Ol' Fashioned Camping Recipes!  From Banana Boats to Pocket Wonders, you're sure to find something good in this collection. 
Featured Travel

In September of 2012, we toured some Civil War history in the south and arrived at one of the most historic battle sites of the entire War. 

In the fall of 1863, in some of the hardest fighting of the Civil War, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga,Tennessee, a key rail center known as the “Gateway to the Deep South.” The Confederates were victorious at nearby Chickamauga,Georgia in September. However, renewed fighting in Chattanooga in November provided Union troops victory and control of the city. After the fighting, one Confederate soldier ominously wrote, “This…is the death-knell of the Confederacy.”

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. 

Ghost Town Stretch Across the Mojave - Interstate 40 left in its a wake more than 100 miles of old Route 66 that is today littered with ghost towns. From, Goffs near Needles, California all the way to Ludlow, where the Mother Road picks back up with I-40, the desert is littered with relics from the past and little more. 

Cheyenne Dog SoldiersAs in other prairie tribes, the warriors of the Cheyenne were organized into societies or orders. These societies were fraternal, military, and semi-religious organizations with special privileges, duties, and dress, usually tracing their origin to some mythical culture hero or medicine man.

Of these organizations, none has played such a part in the history of the Plains as the “Dog Soldiers” of the Cheyenne.

(From our primary Legends' Facebook Page)
The Tragic Story of the Donner Party - On April 16, 1846, nine covered wagons left Springfield, Illinois on the 2500 mile journey to California, in what would become one of the greatest tragedies in the history of westward migration.

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