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The black homesteader: William Johnson

A black artilleryman becomes a homesteader A gravestone in Goodland (Kan.) Cemetery honors Cpl. William Johnson, Company I, First United States Colored Heavy Artillery. This is his story. William Johnson of Hawkins County, Tenn., started his life as the property of his master. But before he died, Johnson was a property owner. He earned his […]

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Western Vistas Historic Byway rocks history

On Western Vistas Historic Byway, travel back in time. If you dream of being a cowboy or cowgirl, take your imagination eraser with you as you drive Western Vistas Historic Byway. When you mentally scrub away 21st-century amenities and replace the cattle with bison, you’ll return to the 1860s and 1870s. The imagination eraser works

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“Rural Free Delivery” brightens Goodland post office

“Rural Free Delivery” post office art lifts morale during the Great Depression As America struggled to climb out of the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration put people to work. In Goodland, an artist’s delivery from unemployment resulted in a mural, “Rural Free Delivery“. The mural hangs in Goodland’s post office. One of the administration’s programs,

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Land and Sky Scenic Byway: Beauty, history

Explore Land and Sky Scenic Byway Of all the roads we’ve traveled, the road closest to our hearts is our road — Land and Sky Scenic Byway. Every one of the byway’s 88 miles is dear to us. Come explore Land and Sky Scenic Byway with us. We’ll see gorgeous agriculture, art, architecture, and learn

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13 perfect Southeast Montana day trips

Billings promotes itself as Montana’s Trailhead. Therefore, let’s take Billings at its word and enjoy a Great American Road Trip through Southeast Montana attractions. We’ll visit the West’s most famous battlefield, see William Clark’s carved signature, ride in a national recreation area, and enjoy terrific scenery. Finally, we’ll visit an alpaca farm. Table of contents

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Pink and Black Soup

We’ve been avoiding stores during the coronavirus lockdown. While digging through our cupboards, I found a bag of dry black beans from 21st Century Bean. We had some leftover bone-in ham. Inspiration struck. Black bean soup with a hambone. Perfect. But what a boring name. Let’s call it Pink and Black Soup. Pink ham and

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Follow the Great Platte River Road

Follow historic overland trails along Nebraska’s Great Platte River Road The Great Platte River Road was the greatest migration route for Americans who yearned to conquer the West. Follow their road from Grand Island to Scottsbluff through Kearney (KAR-nee), North Platte (PLAT), and Ogallala (OH-guh-la-la).  An estimated 350,000 overland trail travelers took the route from

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Thomasville, Ga., is a feast for your senses

Feast your senses in Thomasville, Ga. Exploring Thomasville, Ga., is a sensory experience. Feast your senses with these things to do in Thomasville: Feel the bark of The Big Oak. Smell fragrant roses in Thomasville Rose Garden. Taste varied cuisines at Thomasville eateries. See fascinating shops and plantation homes. Listen to the breeze waft through

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Things to do around Devils Tower are terrific

Top things to do around Devils Tower in the Black Hills Devils Tower is the icon of the Northern Black Hills. Even though the national monument is across the Wyoming state line, touring the Black Hills without seeing Devils Tower is like eating pizza without cheese — or mashed potatoes without gravy. The drive from

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