Independence Day 2017

Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence publicly announced to the world the unanimous decision of the American colonies to declare themselves free and independent states, absolved from any allegiance to Great Britain. Though eloquent, the Declaration was only a statement of intent; a bloody, eleven-year war followed.  Today, remember those who gave their lives for our liberty.

Stage Fare $200 in Gold

In June 1907, when stagecoach travel was rapidly being replaced by the railroads, an old, yellowed handbill happened to surface. “Atchison, Kansas to San Francisco, California in 35 days; fare, only $200 in gold” read the heading. Issued by the Atchison and California stagecoach line in 1857, the handbill advertised the line’s Continue reading Stage Fare $200 in Gold