to Bug Out! Kathy and I like to reserve our more lengthy travel for
the winter months. Neither one of us are huge fans of toe biting
cold, and so far looks like we're getting out of town about a month
late. You can bet next year we will plan our trip a little closer to
We have a pretty ambitious schedule, which is
always flexible and may change, but if your interested to follow along, be
sure to catch our updates on Legends' Travel Blog. Here's the first
installment for this trip with itinerary.
- Heading to Mississippi Louisiana
and other points south on a history tour.
We hope to be leaving or have already left by
the time you are reading this. Weather so far is cooperating, but not for
long. Typically where we are going doesn't have too bad of winter
weather. However, the beauty of having a travel trailer is, if it
does get nasty for any extended period, we can simply pack up and move.
Hope we don't have to though, there's a lot of history down there that we
need to cover, including New Orleans. By the way, we purposely made
plans for our arrival there "after" Mardi Gras.
In the meantime the new year has brought some
minor adjustments, changes and plenty of technical challenges, but we are
roaring into our 10th year on the World Wide Web with excitement
Our "Rocky Mountain General Store" has a new
name. It's now simply "Legends' General Store". Read more
about that HERE. We
also made a decision to close down our forums. That was a tough one,
but it boiled down to the fact that we could not give it the proper
attention it needed to be up to our own standards.
And as a side note, we've been hearing from
several of our readers about their concerns over a new show on the
Discovery Channel called Ghost Town Gold. Kathy and I haven't seen it, but
it appears the argument is that they are "encouraging" people to scavenge
Ghost Towns for western memorabilia. Now, that flies in the face of
our own beliefs, as we still adhere to the Ghost Town Code of Ethics. But
some argue back that the materials at these Ghost Towns belong in the
market, where they are safe, and not rotting in the middle of no-where.
What are your thoughts on this? Would love to hear what our readers
think. Reply to this email, or post on our Ghost Towns of the American West Facebook
Page and let's get a discussion going. You can read
about the show, and a few of the back and forth arguments in the comment
section, in this "Denver
Post" article HERE.
Happy New Year! 2013 is really an exciting year for us, as this June
will mark our 10th Anniversary on the World Wide Web. We will relive some
of our more memorable travel moments here in the newsletter throughout the
year. In the meantime, happy trails to everyone and we'll see you on
Dave Alexander - Driving Miss Kathy and dog
Ps. You asked yourself, how are they going to
run Legends' General Store while their gone? Well now, that is going to be
a trick. Photo Prints take care of themselves through our processor.
Same for Gift Baskets, DVD's, CD's and several other items that ship
directly from the manufacturer. However the rest we either have to
delay shipping or take with us. So today I get to figure out how to
pack several thousand postcards, along with some of our better selling
books. Sorry, Tin Signs didn't make the cut, but you can still order
them. We'll offer either discounts or refunds to any orders that will be
Now, let's get Packin!
In this Edition:
New Additions and Featured
Featured Travel Destination - Columbia, CA
Route 66 History - Normal and Bloomington
Old West Wisdom
- Valentines Day Gifts
Feedback and Suggestions
More to See:
Legends General Store - Supporting our
website since 2003
Legends Photo Prints - Our growing
gallery of Vintage and Modern images available in various print sizes.
Shop, or just enjoy browsing.
Legends Travel Blog - Follow us on our travels and catch special
Legends Facebook Page - Daily posts of all things American History.
Ghost Towns of the American West Facebook
Page - Occasional posts of all things Ghost Towns.
Native American History Facebook Page - Occasional posts of all
things Native American
Vintage Photos of America Facebook
Legends on Twitter
Legends of Kansas - Our website
dedicated to the state Legends was born in.
New Additions and Featured Stories
December is always an interesting month as
Kathy starts throwing new material my way by the stacks. She's
coming off spending way to much time in the store getting ready for
holiday sales and feels a need to "catch up" on stories once we get
through the peak of the holiday rush. This last holiday season is no
different, so there are bunches of new stories on Legends to tell you
Here's what has been added since our
December News Letter.
Rocky Springs - Bandits and Bibles on the
Natchez Trace - Once a prosperous town of more than 2,500 people,
Rocky Springs is home to only a single church and a cemetery today.
Mason Takes On the Natchez Trace – Getting his start as an honorable
man, Samuel Mason served as a militia captain in the
American Revolution. Later, however, he would turn pirate on the
Ohio and the
and lead highwaymen along the
Witch Dance of
the Natchez Trace - Just south of
is a sign on the
Natchez Trace Parkway
which reads “Witch
The very name conjures visions swirling black capes, eerie moonlight in a
shadowed forest, and a cauldron of bubbling potion over a roaring fire.
Was it so?
Legends and Mysteries of the Natchez Trace
referred to as a mysterious pathway, the
makes its way from Nashville,
Tennessee to Natchez,
providing exceptional scenery, thousands of years of
and dozens of legends
– hence, “the mysterious pathway.” These legends include tales of
buried treasure ,
ghost stories ,
outlaws , witches ,
Places and Events - As we prepare to travel to the Magnolia State,
you'll see a number of new stories on Mississippi.
The Natchez Tribe -
A Sociably Advanced People - The
Natchez are a
American people who originally lived in the
Natchez Bluffs area, near the present-day city of Natchez,
Mississippi. The name, belonging to a
single town, was extended to the tribe and entire group of towns.
Mound Builders of Mississippi
- Although the
first people entered what is now the Mississippi
about 12,000 years ago, the earliest major phase of earthen mound construction
in this area did not begin until some 2,100 years ago. Mounds continued to be
built sporadically for another 1800 years, or, until around 1700 A.D. Over
hundreds of years, there were thousands of mounds constructed for various
Pennsylvania Legends - People, Places and Events of the Keystone
the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania , it is nicknamed the Keystone State
because of its central location among the original 13 colonies.
Pennsylvania - Numerous trails had already been
long before Europeans set foot in the commonwealth. After they did; however, the
trails got bigger, smoother, and longer, as new settlers needed to move horses,
cattle, wagons and supplies.
of Pennsylvania - Continuing to add to our long list of forts across the
nations, check out over a dozen in the Keystone
The Role of Astronomy and Mythology In Native American
Culture - Before the age of global positioning systems or compasses, people
looked to the stars to find their way. And before civilizations knew what
stars were, people formed their own beliefs about their significance.
Jackson - The Other Detroit
- During the formative years of the American automobile industry, an untold
number of progressive thinking American cities vied for the title motor city in
the hope of striking industrial gold. Counted among the leading contenders was
Ottawa Chief Pontiac - Masterminding a
Rebellion - Called Obwandiyag by his people, Pontiac
was a great leader of the
tribe and became famous for organizing
Pontiac's Rebellion (1763–1766).
Pontiac's Rebellion Against the
British - When the British took control of the Old Northwest following the French and Indian War,
masterminded and led a rebellion against the British.
Pennsylvania - Pittsburg's Golden Triangle -
Established by the French in 1754, this post was situated at
the junction where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers come
together to form the Ohio River, in what is now downtown
and Indian War -
By the middle of the 18th Century, the power of France had been
extended over a great part of North America. The first efforts toward the
settlement of the Mississippi Valley were made by the French at several of
its remotest points on the Great Lakes, on the Wabash River, at Kaskaskia,
and on the
where their settlements extended across the Mississippi to St. Genevieve,
on the Mexican Gulf, at Biloxi,
and Mobile, Alabama; and on the Lower
Mississippi River at New Orleans, Louisiana.
Pennsylvania and the Big Runaway -
The home of Colonel John Henry
Antes, a member of the Pennsylvania Militia, this fort was surrounded
by a stockade. Built in about 1777, it was situated on the
east side of Antes Creek, overlooking and on the left bank of
the West Branch Susquehanna River on a plateau in Nippenose
Township in western Lycoming County.
Fort Necessity - Defending Against the French
Hoping to defend against an imminent attack by
French soldiers, a young George Washington built a fort of necessity in
May, 1754. Not a
a typical military fort, it was small and simple, even for a wilderness
Pennsylvania - Supplying Forbes Road -
French and Indian War-era British military fortification, this post was
located in what was first called Raystown,
Pennsylvania which was first settled in 1751. Later, the settlement was renamed
Tragedies of Gold Seekers
- Sudden riches often lead to madness, say old prospectors. Often, the
mere idea that he has acquired a vast fortune unsettles a man's mind.
Also, tragedy in some dreadful form often stalks at the elbow of those
searchers for wealth in the hills whose picks have tapped deposits of
National Road - First Highway in America -
By the early 19th century, the wilderness
of the Ohio country had given
way to settlement. The road
had cut through the forest many years before, called the Braddock
Road, was replaced by the
Early Sketch of Oregon - The western coasts of North America were
first partially explored by the Spaniards in the century succeeding
the discovery of America. Their explorations
were later followed by the English. In 1578, Sir Francis Drake ranged this coast
from 38 to 48 degrees. This region was called by the English, New Albion.
Exploration of America - Making it easier for our readers to find things, a
new category which groups our Explorers and American Exploration in one place.
A Century of Exploration - Exploring the New World -
Tales of triumph and defeat during the 16th Century
exploration of America, from the book An American History by David Saville Muzzey, published
in 1920 by Ginn and Co.
A Sketch of the Early "Far West"
years after the great event occurred, which has immortalized the name of
discovered by Juan Ponce de Leon, ex-governor of Puerto Rico.
the Rocky Mountains -
France was mistress of half of North America the dream of the many bold
spirits among her explorers and
voyageurs was the finding of a northwest passage to the Western sea, as
they designated the Pacific Ocean, and to this end, they devoted much
Infamy Speech - Thought to be one
of the most famous American political speeches of the 20th Century,
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Infamy" speech to Congress on
December 8, 1941, was in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor Naval
Base in Hawaii the previous day by the Empire of Japan.
There's plenty more coming, so check back
often on our "What's New" page HERE.
Old West Wisdom
Never hire people you drink with.
When a bad man dies he either goes to hell or
Go after life as if it's something that's got
to be roped in a hurry before it gets away.
Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
There are more horses asses than horses.
A good run is better than a bad stand.
The length of the conversation don't tell
nothin' about the size of the intellect.
A halo only needs to drop a few inches to
become a noose.
More Old West Wisdom HERE.
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