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Roger Williams, the founder of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Holding strong beliefs in civic and religious liberty, RI was the first organized colony in America to be founded on the principles of freedom of thought and worship.

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The ride out ~ "The most unique thing I ever had to pack out of the back country was Dennis and Karen Knippel's pup that had followed us in and was so tired and his feet were so sore he couldn't walk back out. So I loaded him on my calmest mule, Robert, balanced the load with rocks and he rode the full eight miles out like that."

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Billy Brooks reportedly shot it out with several men in various gunfights while working as a marshal in Newton, Kansas, and causing trouble as a badman in Dodge City. But when he returned to his old position as a stage driver for Southwestern Stage in 1874, the company lost a mail contract and Brooks was out of a job. He and others came up with a plan to steal the rival company’s horses and mules to get back the contract. – Courtesy Robert G. McCubbin Collection –

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