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Ralls’ Curse: Ely’s Lost Landing

Ralls’ Curse: Ely’s Lost Landing

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Published by Rebecca McCarthy
The following is a fictional story based on the two last graves located in The Landing, Missouri, in a RV park that is now called Mark Twain Landing. This is a ghost story and a trail story for Mark Twain Landing, however the historical characters of Emily and Ely actually existed. The story of Ely’s death is a fiction.
The following is a fictional story based on the two last graves located in The Landing, Missouri, in a RV park that is now called Mark Twain Landing. This is a ghost story and a trail story for Mark Twain Landing, however the historical characters of Emily and Ely actually existed. The story of Ely’s death is a fiction.

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Ralls’ CurseA Haunted Trail Story
 By Rebecca McCarthyCopyrighted by Rebecca Lea McCarthy 2012
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The following is a fictional story based on the two last graves located in The Landing,Missouri, in a RV park that is now called
Mark Twain Landing
. This is a ghost story anda trail story for Mark Twain Landing, however the historical characters of Emily andEly actually existed. The story of Ely’s death is a fiction. 2
 
 
 It is amazing . . .
. . . how many people do know know their own history, hidden or in plain view, theirroots and realities. We walk on the land but do not ask the land who was here beforeus, laughing, living, harvesting the fruit, sleeping, and worshiping the Gods whoprovide such opportunity. We are ignorant, and ignorance can kill you. You could bewalking on a grave. Indeed, you likely are. Tread softly because you cannot tell whoyou tread on. As is partly known around these parts,Ralls Countyused to be part of Louisiana (Iam sure you have heard of the Louisiana Purchase). France owned this land back inthe 1700s until it sold off its interest to Spain in 1763 - the US purchase was in 1803.During this time, the land was settled only by the native tribes of Missouri and by theforgotten Gods of other lands: Greece and Egypt. Abandoned by worshipers whenChristianity took hold, the gods of forgotten times fled to the new lands in order tofind peace - persecution is a bitch after all. These forgotten gods minded their ownbusiness, settling in the area we now call “The Mark Twain Landing(Google Images).”  
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 Population started coming to this area in the 18thcentury, long after the old gods had made this placetheir home. They landed nearSt. Genevieve andPierre Laclede Liguestlaid out Saint Louis in 1764. In the early1800s,Pike County, established in 1818, was representedby Colonel Johnson and Daniel Ralls.Unbeknownst to many, Ralls had made a questionabledeal with the Gods of old.
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This is an example created to help direct my students on their digital story writing assignment for #CMST245 at #SSCC.

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