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Exploring history, destinations, people, & legends of this great  country since 2003.

 

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See Ghost Town  photos HERE.

 

 

 

  Did You Know?

 

There is one active volcano, thousands of petrified trees, and almost 300 waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park.

 

 

Happy Birthday

 

 

California is the 31st State to join the Union, September 9, 1850

 

American Factoids:

 

A ghost town is any historical town or site that leaves evidence of a town's previous glory. This could be in many forms -- all businesses closed, municipal services at a minimum, rubble and old nails strewn about, ruins of former buildings, etc. Some places that are categorized as ghost towns; however, still have people living in them and though sometimes they don't want to be called a ghost town, most historians will continue to reference them that way if the reason or purpose for it's original "boom" is gone. Other places which are considered truly "real" ghost towns, having very little left but foundations, sometimes still make use of an old cemetery.

 

Dawson New Mexico Cemetery, September 2008, Kathy Wesier

Dawson Cemetery, September, 2008, Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

This image available for photographic prints and downloads HERE!

 

 

Just because it is a ghost town doesn't mean it's haunted. Although we've run into a few, including Bannack, Montana... Boo!

 

According to an expert in England, mobile phones are killing off ghosts. Tony Cornell of the Society for Psychical Research, told a British newspaper called the Sunday Express in 2001, that reports of ghost sightings began to decline when mobile phones were introduced.

 

 

Did You Know?

Rumor has it that the tradition of spreading saw dust on the floors of bars and saloons started in Deadwood, South Dakota due to the amount of gold dust that would fall to the floor. The saw dust was used to hide the fallen gold dust and was swept up at the end of the night to be sifted out.

 

 

Pic Fave of the Moment

 

Cell Window Flow


Cell Window Flowers - This digital art composition merged a current day photo of colorful flower vases, with a restored vintage photo of a prison window cell. Restoration and composition by Legends of America Owner, Kathy Weiser-Alexander. See more "Touch of Color" digital compositions and other unique photography on our Photo Art Pages.

 

 

 

U.S. Factoid:

 

 -- The first gold strike in the Old West was made by Jose Ortiz in 1832 south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in what would quickly become the boom town of Delores.

Featured Fotos:  Boersma Collection

 

 

 

Jeroen and Maggie Boersma, from Amsterdam, Netherlands, have a special love of highways and signs in the United States. On a trip to New Mexico in 2008, the couple experienced Albuquerque's Central Avenue, also known as Route 66, and have been hooked ever since.

They began capturing highways and signs as they noticed the lack of upkeep on many of them and wanted to document the icons before they disappeared, especially along America's Mother Road, Route 66.

 

Now they make two to three trips a year to the United States, each time writing turn by turn driving directions from sign to sign within the towns they visit, and studying for each trip up to a full year ahead of time, using satellite views of old highway alignments in preparation.

We hope you enjoy just some of their incredible work in this special collection for Legends Of America.

 

 

More Featured Photos:

  • The Powerful Sioux - The Sioux are Native Americans that have various groups and bands based on a number of language dialects. Primarily, they are comprised of three major divisions based on Siouan dialect and subculture. The Isaŋathi, often called the Santee or Eastern Dakota, primarily reside in the in the extreme east of the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Iowa. The Ihanktowan-Ihanktowana reside in the Minnesota River area and are considered to be the middle Sioux, often referred to as the Yankton and the Yanktonai. The third division is the Western Dakota known for their hunting and warrior culture, are often referred to as the Lakota.

  • Lawmen & Gunfighters - The wild and lawless period in the West lasted for about 70 years, with the first shooting incident by a person who could be considered a professional gunman taking place in Texas in 1854. The gunfighter era was an outgrowth of the Civil War. With many men without opportunities for jobs, their homes and lands in ruins, family members killed or missing, and few skills, with the exception of gun handling, they headed westward in search of new lives. And then, the question of what to do once they got there. Some hunted for gold; some, who had the means, started businesses, others became cowboys, and those with sharp gun handling skills became gunfighters.

 

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Ghost Towns: America's Lost World DVDGhost Towns (America's Lost World) 2 Disc DVD

 

Unearth America's Lost World! This 5-Part series ventures into the roots of our nations high hopes and hard labors to discover the towns that boomed fast and went bust even faster. Through original footage, interviews with experts and archival materials, this fascinating documentary takes viewers on an amazing journey through our abandoned history. From the deserts of California and mountains of Colorado to the forts, trails and battle sites of war, witness the precious remains of the past that only exist today as shadows of former glories and empty promises.

First time on DVD! Legends of America's own Kathy Weiser-Alexander and Dave Alexander, along with noted Ghost Town author Philip Varney, authors Jeff Barnes, Kenneth Jessen and many more, even an appearance from Bob Boze Bell. Created and Produced by Award-Winning Documentarians, Centre Communications, exclusively for Mill Creek Entertainment. Total Running time 5 hours, 34 minutes.

 

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Hey, Ya'll! 


 

Dave and Kathy at Big Nose Kate's Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona

Lots of folks think Legends of America is a big corporation with dozens of employees -- because we've been around so long & provide thousands of web pages -- Nope, we're not.

 

Legends is actually comprised of just two of us -- Dave & Kathy, who have a love of history, travel, and a desire to share it with the world!

 

Though we are a small Mom & Pop "shop", we have decades of customer service & business experience between the two us -- in both large and small organizations. With an entrepreneurial dream, we launched Legends of America in 2003

 

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