Subject: Legends of America - October 2018 Newsletter

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Legends of America Newsletter - October 2018
It's that time of year Kathy and I hop in the truck, with our furry kids in tow, and venture out on a sunny Saturday to take in the local scenery. I love fall... the explosion of color, the candy corn, cooler weather... too bad that all turns into an explosion of leaves to rake, pounds to lose, and freezing temps. Which is why I would say October is probably my favorite month to get out and enjoy nature.
This past weekend we headed south to visit the ghost town of Avery here in Benton County. We'll add up a story on that sometime soon, but in general, this little 1800's town still has at least three residents and an active community building that used to be the school house. Neat little stop and a good day trip, one I'm surprised we hadn't made already.

October is also a good time for thrills. Not everyone likes ghostly tales, but for those that do, this newsletter should send a chill or two. Happy Halloween everyone! Don't rob the kids candy buckets too much :)

Dave 'this isn't on my diet' Alexander.

What's New on LOA

These are only a few of  the latest additions since our last newsletter. For more visit our What's New Page
Navajo Skinwalkers – Witches of the Southwest – In the Navajo culture, a skinwalker is a type of harmful witch who has the ability to turn into, possess, or disguise themselves as an animal.

The Thunderbird of Native Americans – The Thunderbird is a widespread figure in Native American mythology that was a huge supernatural bird that protected humans from evil spirits.

We've also expanded our articles on Native American Tribes, including: 
The Powerful Iroquois Confederacy of the Northeast – The Iroquois or Haudenosaunee were a powerful northeast Native American confederacy who lived primarily in Ontario, Canada and upstate New York.

Wyandot-Huron Tribe – The Wyandot or Huron are an Iroquoian-speaking people made up of a number of bands, living in Canada, Ohio, and Michigan.

Siouan Language Group of Native Americans – Siouan refers to a language group of Native American tribes. The Indians of the Siouan stock mostly occupied the central portion of the continent.

More Native American expansion on What's New.

We've expanded to cover more Florida Forts and Presidios.  
Fort Basinger, Florida – Ghost Town on the Kissimmee River – Fort Basinger was both an Army post and a town in Highlands County, Florida. Both are gone today, with the exception of a single historic homestead.

Relics of Ford Dade on Egmont Key, Florida – Fort Dade on Egmont Key in the mouth of Tampa Bay, Florida was established in 1898 during the Spanish American War.

Fort King, Florida – Fort King, Florida located in present-day Ocala, was an important military outpost during the removal of the Florida Indians.

These are just a handful of the articles added for Florida Forts. For a list with links to articles, see Florida Forts and Presidios
Cracker Cowboys of Florida – The chief tool of the Florida cowboy in the 18th century was a strong whip, and when he cracked it to herd the cattle along it sounded like a gunshot.

The Bloody Feud of the Hatfields and McCoys – Having its roots in the Civil War, the feud between the Hatfield and McCoy families took place in the Appalachian Mountains along the West Virginia-Kentucky.
Ezra Meeker – Oregon Trail Pioneer – Ezra Meeker was a pioneer who first traveled the Oregon Trail by ox-drawn wagon as a young man in 1852. Fifty years later he would make the trip again to preserve its history.

Harper, Utah – Harper, Utah is a former stage station and ranching town located at the intersection of Argyle and Nine Mile Canyons. Today it is a ghost town.

The Kennebunks of Maine – History Along the Southern Coast – The Kennebunks, comprised of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel are located on the southern coast of Maine and are rich in history.

These are only a few of the new articles added since our last newsletter...
Spooktober - The Union Missouri Haunting

Back in 2004, Steven LaChance wrote us about his own haunting brush with a spirit here in Missouri. 
Do you believe in ghosts? I use to be like many of you. I was a true skeptic. A true disbeliever. That was me until three years ago. Now I do believe. I wish I didn’t. It would be easier for me to sleep at night. Even now, three years later, I am still woke up in the night by the memory of the screaming man, the child in pain, and the dark ghostly image that turned my world upside down and changed my beliefs forever. I do believe in ghosts.

It was in May 2001. I needed desperately to find a place for myself and three children to live in Union, Missouri. Our lease was up at the apartment where we had lived for two years. I was a single father, and I was about to find myself and my children homeless. Like many, I had answered just about every ad in the newspaper for rentals. One evening I received a call from this woman telling me about this house. She said it was a rather large old house that was in very good shape.

Ghostly Travel

Haunts from past adventures
Haunted St. James Hotel in Cimarron, NMBuilt in 1872 and originally called Lambert's Inn, its saloon, restaurant and 43 rooms were witness to at least 26 murders during Cimarron's wilder days.

Haunted Atchison - Most Ghostly Town in Kansas Atchison is proclaimed to be the most haunted town in Kansas, so much so that a haunted homes tour is available on the Atchison Trolley.
A Haunting in Bristow, OK - Do You Believe in Ghosts? Employees of a local convenience store most certainly do and with good reason. A haunting tale along Route 66 from the Record Citizen Bristow, 2005. 

Want some more thrills for Halloween? 

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. 

Guston, Colorado & the Yankee Girl Mine - All traces of the town of Guston Colorado are gone today, but the headframe of the Yankee Girl Mine and a few remains of the Guston-Robinson Mine still stand. The remains of the Yankee Girl Mine is one of the most photographed sites in Colorado. 

Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Site - October 21, 1867, the first tribes sign the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty

(From our primary Legends' Facebook Page)
October 26, 1881, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - Tombstone – Newspaper, Letters, & Book Excerpts of events leading to the famous Arizona gunfight.

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What Our Readers are saying: 

HI Dave and Kathy, Skyline Drive looks very similar to the one mile asphalt hiking path that goes around the top rim of Capulin Volcano in New Mexico. Very cool to hike, but always had to be on guard so not to fall off the edge! No guardrails at all, but beautiful views; very worth it if you want to hike a volcano at 8,000 feet. I would love Skyline Drive. - Nancy (ref: Canon City, Colorado's Skyline Drive)

Thanks for the nice article, Valerie. It’s been 10 years but like Camp Floyd, historic interest never dies. I’ve done research and visited Camp Floyd many times, and it never ceases to fascinated me. As a historian, I cannot say there are ghosts or spirits at Camp Floyd. As an interested fan of myths and folklore and tales of interest, I certainly believe there are many spirits and ghosts calling attention to Camp Floyd.... Alan (ref: Haunted Camp Floyd, Utah & the Stagecoach Inn, by Valerie Mellema)

Some of this was spot-on good stuff. - McClendon (ref: You Know You’re In Missouri When …)

Guffey is a great little town. My info is that Guffey is now up to a whopping 49 inhabitants, my sweetie, Brian, being #49. Don’t miss cruising through and stopping for a bite to eat at Rolling Thunder Cloud Cafe, The Bull Moose, or Freshwater. Stop at the Guffey Garage and talk to Bill, the curator of most of the quirky creations there. Definitely worth it! - Roxann (ref: Guffey, Colorado - Quirky Mining Town)

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