New Year!! Hope everyone had a good one and 2005 makes your dreams
Yup, I'm a little late getting the
out, as it's usually sent the last week of the month, but I was just a
little too busy to write it and besides, ya'll were probably a little
too busy to read it. So, now it's catchin' up time.
Well, Christmas saw me in the Panhandle of
spending time with family and friends, so I just decided while I was
there to hop on ole'
and finish it up all the way to
California. After logging more than 4,000 miles of the
you can plan on seeing all kinds of new photographs and articles as I
curl up for the next month with no travel and plans for writing only. Stay Tuned.
Did you make a New Year's Resolution? Usually, I don't cuz I generally don't follow thru with them anyway. However, I'm gonna really try to start holding to what I tell you is
"Coming Next Month." You know, like last month, I told you I would
be writing up St. Joseph,
Oops! Christmas and
got me off track, then suddenly the month was gone. However, I did
get you some
Ghost Towns and a few "real" frontier recipes, though I gotta tell
Sonofabitch Stew don't sound
real good to me. Check out these genuine old time recipes, if
nothing else, for a good read.
We'll see if we can't do a little better
with our "strategic planning" in 2005. Then again, who knows,
maybe every month will just continue to be a surprise. The one
thing that I can promise, is that every month you will
always see something new!
If you're new to
America, we focus on
destinations that appeal to the nostalgic and historic minded. Not really interested in the glitter and glitz of the big cities, we
hunt out those places with a little "elbow room," lots of history, and
I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
New Additions to the Website
Santa Rosa - City of Natural Lakes
Bad Men & Bad Towns
Raccoon Fricassee, Hardtack, and
Coming Next Month:
Finishing Up the
Lil' bit of the Pacific Northwest
Back on the Outlaw Trail
New Additions to Legends of America
As promised, I've added some great
Ghost Townsto the website along
with photographs and history. Did you know that
Diablo had a history of being meaner than
City combined? Shoot, the first marshal in this wicked little
town pinned on a badge at 3:00 p.m. and was laid out for burial at 8:00
p.m. Five more quickly followed him.
Canyon Diablo is located
Flagstaff and Meteor City,
Arizona. When you visit
Canyon Diablo, you will also be
at the same site of another
which was a tourist stop built during the
Route 66 era. Both
provide a fabulous peek into the past.
there's one of my personal favorites - old
Arizona. If you get the
chance, this is an absolute must-see
Route 66. Built in the
gold mining days, the town is filled with history, entertaining
Oatman Hotel, and mules! Mules, you say? Yes, mules! You know, donkeys - jack-asses. Really!
Well, if you didn't already know, I'm
writing a book about
Route 66, that's why you're
seeing so much of the
Mother Road lately. The
book's got to be wrapped up in the next couple of months, so you will
continue to see lots more in the immediate future. Recently, I
finished up writing the short
portion and discovered a great little story of murder, scandal and
buried treasure in the small town of Galena. Also check out several new towns along the
Mother Road in
Not to leave out our ghostly readers, check
Legend of Blackbird Hill near Decatur,
and the Haunted
Kimo Theatre in
And thanks to our readers, we now have
a little more variety on the website. Three new articles now
appear that were written by someone other than me. The first
article, from our 82 years young reader, Nancy E. Brown, is the story of
Old Convict's Gravesite Near Safford, Arizona. Travel with Nancy as she explores this lost grave and her desire to give
this poor soul a name.
We also got an article from author,
Paul Petersen, who wrote the book Quantrill of
Mr. Petersen's goal is to set the record
William Quantrill, noting that history has been distorted by
prejudicial journalists and historians. Check out Petersen's
William Quantrill - The Man, the Myth, the Soldier.
And finally, From Jack R. Russell of
Oregon comes the story of buried
in Arkansas. Help Jack find the
part of it can be yours! Read the history of the land he grew up on in
this inspiring story of
Treasure on Curtis Creek.
In the meantime, I better get back to
Kickin' Asphalt! See ya next month!
What our readers are saying about Legends
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and wonder about its history. Thanks to your website for the
enlightenment. I will continue to view it. - Raquel
Was reading the old
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them. Thanks for the smile. - Chris
I am an aspiring western fiction author and
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frustrating sometimes as I can rarely seem to find what I'm looking for. Your website has been one of the most helpful I've come across so far.
Thanks!! - Aja
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I am a Travel Agent.
I love this site. I will be able to
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visit some of these sites. Thanks. - Marie
Tell us what you think!
Featured Travel Destination
Santa Rosa - City of Natural Lakes -
New Mexico, known as the "City of Natural Lakes," is called thus
due the many natural lakes and streams of the area. Situated
where the Great Plains rise up to meet the Rockies, lies this
startling oasis, amid the red mesas of the plains.
Founded in 1865, the town began as nothing
more than a large Spanish Rancho that was called Aqua Negro Chiquita
at the time. However, when the steam engine pushed through in
Santa Rosa became an important transportation hub which continued
Route 66 era. Today, the town displays dozens of vintage
icons as you pass through the city.
A particularly scenic stretch of
parallels Interstate 40 and can be accessed from the three exits east
of town. See the picturesque stone ruins of the
ghost town of Cuervo and the
ghost service stations of Newkirk and Montoya just west of
Route 66. A side trip well worth the journey is the ancient
adobe village of Puerto de Luna, just ten miles south of
More activities abound at the area lakes
where you can scuba dive at the Blue Hole, fish at Park Lake or Perch
Lake, and enjoy all the amenities of a large man-made lake, such as
boating, skiing and camping at
Lake State Park.
Blue Hole is one of the top scuba diving
destinations in the United States. An 80-foot-deep artesian
spring, fed from an underwater aquifer, draws visitors from around the
world. With 3,000 gallons of water flowing per minute, the water
is so clear that you can look down at the bottom and discern a nickel
from a bottle cap. Blue Hole is open 24 hours a day, year round.
This little known travel destination
has much to offer for the
ghost town enthusiast,
lake aficionado and
Legends' General Store
Ken Turmel's "Postmarkart" begins
when he sketches in the states, borders, and roads with with pen and
ink, then airbrushes the background in a beautiful array of thematic
colors. Afterwards, Ken and his artwork "hit the road" as Ken
begins the arduous journey of hand-carrying his original artwork to
hundreds of post offices, where the "canvas" develops day by day.
Acclaimed to be a "first of its kind" by
over 1000 postmasters and postal officials, Ken's Postmarkarts become
historical documents as well as visually pleasing artwork.
Featured Travel Guides and Books
Men and Bad Towns, by Wayne
Wayne Lee, a master storyteller,
chronicles the violent events from 1823 to 1925 in
He writes of the Indian conflicts, and later, the crime that disturbed
the peace on the prairie. Heavily illustrated, Bad Men produces an
unusual portrait of the territorial early days of a state now vital to
America's bread basket! 8˝ x 11, paperback, illustrated, indexed, 180
Bumper Sticker Wisdom
When you come to the fork in the road,
Where there's a will, I want to be in it
I brake for no apparent reason
My other car is a pair of boots
Saloon Museums - Our
Saloon pages are so popular
that we just keep expanding our information on these
Old West taverns of the
past. While surfin' around, we were amazed to find how many
Saloon Museums there are in
Old West! And you can
read about them here.
Plus, you'll find information on
saloons that are still
servin' up a brew or two, that could be a museum with
their authentic decor and detail to the past, but continue to cater
to the cowboys and cowgirls of today!
Check out a few of these great places:
Saloon and Museum, San Antonio, Texas
Desert John's Saloon Museum, Deer Lodge, Montana
Long Branch Saloon, Dodge City, Kansas
Club in Flagstaff, Arizona
Saloon in Columbus, Montana
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Legends of America is
heading to ......
After 4,000 some miles along
I think I'll be staying home during this very cold month.
- "Eye yie
yie," this is some scary stuff! Here you'll find some of the
"real" old recipes of the
American West. Most of these savory delights require an
old tyme starved cowboy or mountain man with excellent hunting
skills. And you'll always need some old fashioned bacon fat
and some delectable herbs picked from the prairie.
Need to feed 3800 people anytime soon?
Then check out
Buffalo Stew which requires a whole buffalo and four weeks of
cooking time. If your plannin' on riding the range any time
soon, be sure to include some old fashioned
hardtack in your saddlebags.
Got a lean grocery budget this month,
get your gun and whip up some
rabbit stew or
roast beaver. Worst case scenario, make up a
mouse pie. Yuck, yuck, yuck!
Check out these old tyme recipes.
You're sure to understand why those folks of the 1800s were so
hardy. After you get a chuckle out of some of delectable
delights, peruse our other
Recipes that might just be a little more to your modern tastes.
From Legends' General Store
Sowbelly and Sourdough,
Although sowbelly and sourdough were staples in the chuck box, the
cook often had a few more provisions on hand. Using limited
ingredients, bean wranglers created mouth-watering vittles for a
demanding bunch of cowboys. Their techniques and recipes, recorded
here, range from traditional meat and bean dishes to fine-tastin'
baked goods and sweet-tooth-teasin' desserts.
Sorry, out of stock.
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