Each month, The Kentucky
Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from
our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as
many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for
"Letters to the Editor."
actual letters from March 2015
The Truth About Kit
The Kentucky Explorer's January 2015 issue unfortunately reprinted
an article from the October 7, 1910, issue of The Hartford Republican
entitled "Kit Carson: American Trailblazer and Indian Fighter."
That article drew the absurd conclusion that the Southwestern
Indians respected Carson in his federal government career as
an Indian agent. They did not and still don't respect him at
all. I'm from Russell Springs in Russell County, Kentucky, and
I think Kentuckians want the unvarnished truth; Carson treated
the Navajo barbarically.
In the summer of 2014, I visited Taos, New Mexico, the last home
and burial place of Kit Carson who was from Madison County, Kentucky.
Tiwa Indian guides at the 1,000-year-old Taos Pueblo village
said Mr. Carson destroyed Navajo livestock and crops and chopped
down a thousand of their peach trees in their sacred fertile
valley known as Canyon De Chelly in nearby Arizona.
He instituted a "scorched earth" policy against the
Native people , two of whom he had earlier married. He starved
the Navajo out of Northeast Arizona and rounded them up at Fort
Defiance and forced them to walk, in a malnourished condition,
300 miles in 53 different forced marches to the overcrowded and
unsanitary concentration camp at Bosque Redondo, New Mexico.
Four hundred of the 9,000 total inmates died enroute, hungry
and exhausted, and were shot if they fell behind as they struggled
to carry all their possessions.
Mr. Carson had some good qualities, but respecting Native Americans
as human beings was NOT one of them. For this I disrespect Mr.
Carson and take the time to correct the record here.
I enjoy The Explorer's effort of documenting the history of my
807 Ashe Street
Key West, FL 33040
Born At Wolf Coal
In Breathitt County
I was born at Wolf Coal and lived in Breathitt County for the
first four years of my life, before my family moved to Fairborn,
I have traveled extensively throughout Kentucky during my career
as a professional engineer and still manage to get back to Jackson
for annual family reunions.
I enjoy each issue of The Kentucky Explorer and think the staff
performs a top-notch job in all phases of its publication.
I recently bought a copy of Volume Three: A Photographic Look
of Breathitt County. I am looking forward to buying Volume Four
as soon as it becomes available.
3126 Gracefield Road, Apt. 322
Silver Spring MD 20904
More On Green Frogs
I enjoy each issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
In response to Silas E. Owens letter, in a previous issue, regarding
frogs, I had the same experience.
Some years back I was walking at my daughter's home in Northern
A storm came up suddenly with rain and wind like none I had ever
seen. I was soaked by the time I reached the house.
Just as fast as it started, it stopped. When I went outside,
everywhere I stepped, I stepped on a frog. They were tiny, maybe
an inch long, and were a transparent green.
They were all over the grass and cement, as far as I could see.
There was a pond on one side of the property and a lot of trees
in the back. I could not tell where all these frogs came from.
My son-in-law said they were tree frogs. I don't know.
Now, Mr. Owens, I am waiting for your story about going to the
end of the rainbow.
Annalene Ellison Vargas
2101 Waller Road
Verona, KY 41092
These are just samples of
the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.