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The American Sewing Machine

The development of the sewing machine began with Walter Hunt's 1834 eye-pointed needle design, which was later re-invented and patented by Elias Howe in 1846. Both Walter Hunt's and Elias Howe's machines used two spools of thread and a curved eye-pointed needle that passed the thread through cloth in an arc motion; then on the other side of the fabric [...]

The Plight of the Single Mother in 19th Century America

Historically, the death of a partner was the major cause of single parenting. So, at a time when the average woman had eight or nine children, it’s not surprising that the Civil War created many single widows and pregnant widows on both sides. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="250"] Adelia Springer, Union Civil War Widow and child[/caption] Some women were single parents [...]

Notorious 19th Century Female Outlaws

Most everyone is aware of the numerous male outlaws and raiders who terrorized the country for years after the Civil War. Many aren’t aware of the many females who made their living robbing and thieving their way across the west. Here are six of the most notorious female desperados of the Wild West. Pearl Hart Hart was born in Lindsay, [...]

Hotels in the Frontier West

The American frontier started with buffalo trails that became Indian trails. These trails led to trading posts set beside waterways. These sites grew into cities like Chicago. Likewise, the original Indian trails widened into roads, the roads changed into turnpikes, and at last these became railways. Hotels along the railroad, such as those in Chicago, were different than those on the [...]

Allan Pinkerton and The Pinkerton Agency

Allan Pinkerton’s agency grew out of several successful assignments from President Lincoln during the Civil War. When the war ended, the relatively new agency grew, providing detective services for those in the private and public sectors. Rogue Rapids, book 11 in the Redemption Mountain series, makes use of the agency several times during the story of Mack and Sylvia. [caption [...]

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