Here is a subject that I thought would interest many on here and it’s about history lost. What I mean by this is, in the 19th century everyone communicated by messenger, by Pony Express (now the U.S. Mail) and later in the century by telegraph. Sure, there was the newspaper that they could read but, I’m talking more along the lines of personal communication.
Family and friends would communicate by sending letters to one another and many of those letters were saved. These letters would have discussed things that we would consider today to be very important journals of the old west. I think a lot of history has been learned and/or confirmed through correspondance. It has occurred to me that many of those people would not have shared all of those writings for the simple fact that many of those letters may have included personal messages that one would not wish to share.
Imagine how much more we could learn today from those letters if they had been made public. Jesse and Frank writing home to let family know how they were and telling the real story behind the lives of Jesse and Frank. I’m sure many famous people back in the old west wrote letters home to loved ones who have never shared that history.
What started me thinking this was the fact that we share things today with friends and family via the internet and simply delete them after replying. This is a perfect example of history lost. I was reading thru some old family letters that I had saved over the years and discovered things we discussed in those letters that I had completely forgotten about. This also would have been history lost if I had simply thrown them away after reading them. Imagine the possibilities???