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Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America's past. These stories are about Americans - people just like you - who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you. Kate Kelly

American Dogs

Zachary Taylor’s White House Pet–a Horse

Zachary Taylor, a well-known war hero, arrived in Washington, D.C. to be President of the United States in 1849 after serving for many years in... continue »

Race of Mercy to Nome, Alaska, 1925

The "race of mercy" was a daring and difficult trip to deliver medicine to Nome, Alaska in 1925. High numbers of children in Nome were... continue »

Dog Foils Valentine Thieves

Theft of Valentines Prevented by Observant Dog Often when I’m researching a story, I come upon another piece of information that is just too good... continue »

Marmaduke: The Story

Marmaduke made his first appearance in the newspaper comic pages in 1954.... continue »

Admiral Richard Byrd’s Dog, Igloo

Admiral Richard E. Byrd with Igloo, his Pet Wire Fox Terrier, Portrait, circa 1920's. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty... continue »

The Dog Who Helps With Speech Therapy

When Jen Nance Yost became a speech pathologist six years ago, her first position involved working in a private pediatric practice. She never dreamed that... continue »

Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona Beach

The stray dog must have been about a year old when he wandered down Orange Avenue to Beach Street in Daytona Beach in 1940. The... continue »

President James Garfield and Dog Veto

President James Garfield (1831-1881) was a well-known and experienced politician when he became president... continue »

Wishbone, Dog TV Star

Wishbone, played by a Jack Russell terrier named Soccer (1988-2001), was the star of his own PBS Children’s Show that aired from 1995-2001. The idea... continue »

Smoky, Yorkshire Terrier and WWII War Dog

Smoky, a four-pound Yorkshire terrier, went to war by happenstance. She was found in New Guinea near... continue »

Jefferson Davis and his Dog Traveler

Confederate President Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) acquired his dog, Traveler, during his retirement years. Immediately after the war, Jefferson Davis was on the run from Union... continue »

Retiring a Service Dog: Mary Hill, Indy and Britt

The bond between a person and his/her service dog is strong and special. They are a unit. They are a team. They are an almost inseparable... continue »