New Year One and All!!
Hope the holidays were wonderful for all of
you. But for me, I'm kind of glad they're over, so I can get back
to hitting the road and adding up a whole bunch of new stories.
Well, if you followed along last month, you
knew it wasn't perhaps the best one in the history of
Legends of America,
when the website went down for a week and I lost all my email. (if
you're not familiar, you can find the whole sordid story on my
Well, the good news is: I have a brand
new hosting provider with much greater reliability, lots of new "tools,"
and cheaper to boot!
In the meantime, the worst of the whole
ordeal was the impact it had on some of you. Orders received
during that week just never went out as I never received the
notification. Just yesterday, I sent a package that was far
overdue and I only knew because they emailed me. To those of you
who this affected, my sincerest apologies. If anyone else made an
order that they never received, please contact me.
Another terrible result of this fiasco was
that I lost all my email communications, some of which I really wanted
to respond to and update my pages with new information. These
included an update on the
Brothers Stations from a family member, a wonderful story of
Llorona in Mexico, a ghostly tale in
and many more. Please resend those stories, comments, and
photographs if I never got back to you. I am so bummed!
I got a bunch of support letters from many
of you and you cannot imagine how very good that felt at a time that it
seemed as if I was losing a businesses that I have put so much into.
Thanks to everyone!!
Ok, moving on! Last month saw us in
which was a great reprieve as on the day we left, we plowed through 12
inches of snow and 10 degrees to get to the airport, but our spirits
were lifted when we were rewarded with a balmy 65 degrees upon our
arrival. In any event, you'll see some new stories and lots of new
photographs of the
With out new tools, the new
Guestbook allows you to upload photographs and make comments to
other posts. Check it out.
If you're new to
Legends of America,
we focus on
travel 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 hidden attractions.
I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
Cripple Creek - World's Greatest Gold Camp
Saloon Style Photographs
Questions From Our Readers
Featured Book - EZ66 Guide For Travelers
Old West Facts & Trivia
Calico, California - Revived From a Desert Grave
New Additions to Legends of
After my trip to
I decided that I really hadn't done justice to
piece of the
Route 66 pavement. Therefore, you'll see the
expanded to include the
Empire on Route 66, which highlights visits through the Los Angeles
La Verne. You'll also see the
Gabriel Valley and the history of
Irwindale & Duarte,
We also made a visit to the historic
- an absolutely wonderful adventure. You'll read more about that
great place on our
Featured Ghost Town below.
For those that wait with bated breath for the next series of
legends, you'll find several new tales in our
Ghosts of the Cripple Creek Mining District article.
is said to be one of the most haunted cities in America. Read
about Maggie's ghost at the
Colorado Grande Casino, Stinky's ghost at the
Hotel St. Nicolas, little 6-year old Lilly at
Buffalo Bill's Casino, a flirtatious former owner at the
Imperial Hotel, Miss Kitty at the
Palace Hotel, and a whole bevy of disembodied
apparitions at the
Victor Hotel. Also, thanks to our reader, Mike Warden, we have his personal experience
of a "real"
Haunted House in Cripple Creek.
for our paranormal enthusiasts, you'll see the
"Can You See
Ghosts" Test which will assess your abilities and awareness of
spirits around you; as well as articles entitled
Ten Common Dreams Revealed.
And, finally, expanding our
& Campfire Tales of the American West, we've dug up
The River of
Lost Souls, and
Of Misery Hill.
Questions From Our Readers
Question: I get lots and lots
of questions from readers about how to deal with ghosts, strange
paranormal events, funny things in photographs, etc.
Answer: I really like to write
legends and tales of strange occurrences. However, I am not
an expert at these types of happenings. I have been asking them to
post their questions to our
Ghostly Legends Forum so that they might get an answer from our
other readers. If you have any experience or knowledge in this
area, check the forum and see if you can help.
Just For Fun!!
the American West
The Quirky American West
"Can You See
Featured Travel Destination
Creek - World's Greatest Gold Camp
In the high country beyond Pike's Peak, is
Cripple Creek Mining District, dotted with historic mine shafts,
head frames, and tumbling down miners cabins. Not only might a
visitor find a "taste" of gold fever in this historic district, but just
might experience the hair rising on the back of their necks as
they "bump" into one of the many ghosts that reportedly roam the area.
The first discovery of gold in the Pikes
Peak region was made in 1874 when a man named T.H Lowe picked up some
rich ore in a meadow near the present site of
Creek. Excited, he quickly organized a prospecting party to
search the nearby gulches. Though they found a little gold, there
was not enough to warrant mining and they soon departed.
It would be another ten years before gold in
the area was heard of again. In the spring of 1884, word spread
that a man named Chicken Bill was taking nuggets out of the ground by
the handful. Three thousand men quickly swarmed the area to find
absolutely nothing. Soon, it was discovered that the nuggets
produced by Chicken Bill were from a salted mine and the disappointed
miners quickly left in search of more profitable opportunities.
However, in December, 1890 a man named
Bob Womack really did discover gold, but miners were slow to respond
remembering the hoax of six years prior. By the summer of 1891
Wommack struck a very rich vein and hurried to
Colorado Springs to celebrate.
In a drunken stupor the foolish man sold his mine for $500 cash.
Word then spread and men began to stake claims all over a six mile
square area surrounding what would soon be The
Creek Gold Camp.
Soon, however, the gold would begin to play
out and by 1920 there were only about 40 mines operating and production
had been reduced to four million dollars. The 1930's saw a brief
revival of mining, but this too waned and by 1945 there were less than
20 mines operating with only about one million dollars in gold produced
To read more about
illustrious history click
If you would like to know more about the ghosts that allegedly roam
this historic city, click
What our readers are saying about Legends
Holy Moly Kathy, I've been on your
tour for day and a half........WOW, it's the most fun I've had in
months. Love your pages, and believe they will boost many to read.
BRAVO! for your efforts! -- Sherry
WOW, six hours
reading later, I started reading about the wild west, because i was
watching an episode of
(HBO) and I wondered if the place really existed, and low
and behold, not only did it really exist, but some of the characters
are (loosely) based on real people. I am off to start reading again.
This site is tops! - Gary O'Rourke, United Kingdom
Howdy Folks - You
sure have an amazing web site. So much to read and see. The old west
from 1850 to about 1920 is my favorite time. God bless America and
thanks for being our neighbor. - Richard Kettlewell, Toronto, Ontario,
Tell us what you think!
Featured Guides and Books
Guide For Travelers, By Jerry McClanahan
This is the ultimate guide for finding and
exploring the route driving from the West or the East. Created by noted
authority, Jerry McClanahan, its maps and directions are comprehensive
yet easy to follow. The spiral bound guide stays open to the pages you
are reading while you are driving. Also includes attractions, tips,
other sources, and games. Convenient 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 200 page format.
The guide is updated regularly.
Bumper Sticker Wisdom
If life were logical, men would ride
I am not young enough
to know everything.
The Old West
Old West Facts &
Trivia - Did You Know?
Well, if you've
been "around" for any amount of time, you know that I'm seemingly
obsessed with facts. Though often useless bits of information, I
just think they're fun! So, for our
enthusiasts, here are a few interesting tidbits:
The term "red light district" came from the
Red Light Bordello in
Kansas. The front door of the building was made of red glass
and produced a red glow to the outside world when lit at night. The name
carried over to refer to the town's brothel district.
Rumor has it
that the tradition of spreading saw dust on the floors of bars and
South Dakota due to the amount of gold dust that would fall on the
floor. The saw dust was used to hide the fallen gold dust and was swept
up at the end of the night.
only operated for one year and five months, beginning with a train
robbery in Wharton,
on May 9, 1891 and ending at the shootout at Coffeyville,
October 5, 1892.
Allison, after sitting in a dentist’s chair in
forcibly pulled one of the dentist’s teeth when the doctor drilled on
the wrong molar. He would have continued pulling the dentists
teeth, but the screams of the dentist brought in people from the street.
Jack Ketchum was the only person ever hanged in Union County,
According the annals of American Jurisprudence, he was the only criminal
decapitated during a judicial hanging. The only other recorded
example was in England in 1601.
was in operation for only nineteen months from April 1860 through
October 1861. The
carried almost 35,000 pieces of mail over more than 650,000 miles during
those nineteen months and lost only one mail sack. The typical
rider was nineteen years old and made $100-$150 per month plus room and
These are but a few of the interesting facts
to see them all.
Featured Site: Would you like to showcase your travel
destination in the
Be it a city or a place, just click
to see how to make that happen. If your city has historical value
and great places to visit, your town could be featured on our home page
and in our newsletter. Just zap us an
three legged dog limps into a
steps up to the bar. The bartender gives the dog a long nasty
look... then says, "Whatchawant?" The dog looks around the
turns back to the bartender and declares:
"I want the man who shot my Paw."
California - Revived From a Desert Grave
Not only is
but we think it is one of the best tourism values in the State of
It all began in 1875
when roving prospectors first found silver on the south slope of the
Mountains. As word got out, more and more prospectors came to the
area, making small silver finds and filing claims. In the spring
of 1881 came the discovery of the Silver King,
richest mine and the town boomed.
During its heyday, the
district produced $86 million
in silver, and $45 million in borax. However, when the price of
silver dropped in the mid 1890's,
Calico became a ghost of
its former self.
In 1950 Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park bought the town
site and began restorations. Though the original town site has
been mostly rebuilt by new and restored buildings, one-third of the town
is original and the remaining newer buildings were carefully
reconstructed to recreate the spirit of
In November 1966, Knott donated
Bernardino County, and
now operates as a one of the many
Bernardino County Regional Parks.
Calico is no longer a
ghost town thanks to Walter Knott, it most definitely gives the
visitor a feel of what life might have been like during those old mining
days. The false front stores and
towered by the craggy mountains above and overlooking the desert valley
below, provide an otherwise, unobtainable, glimpse into
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