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cha! With these freezing temperatures we've been having in
kid ain't moving outside the house so I've had a whole lot of
time to write and to check into stuff. If you haven't visited lately, you'll see that the extra time is paying off in
lots of new
articles, bunches of new postcards,
books, and some changes to the website.
The biggest change you'll see to the website is a new
menu at the top of the page. This has allowed us to include a lot more
information available at a touch. The website has become so large that I
know you can sometimes get lost, so we're really hoping that this will
see it. Change your settings, and viola! -- it will be there. Let me know
what you think or if you have any suggestions.
Another change you will see is that photo enlargements
are not always opening up in a new window. We figure you know how to use
your "back" button on your browser and all those windows can get in the
way. This is a gradual process, as there are more than 10,000 photos on
the website, but the plan is that all photos will open in the same page.
Well, as you can see, cold weather is keeping me in and
I'm being too technical, so we'll get on to the good stuff.
In the meantime, I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
The Old West
Out of my
mind. Back in five minutes
Time is the
best teacher; Unfortunately it kills all its students!
I used up all my sick days
so I called in dead!
New Additions to Legends of
Really focused on the
Old West, you'll find a bucket-load of new
articles on everything from
Texas Treasure Tales.
Check out our new
Old West Feuds and Range Wars. If the
Old West wasn't filled with violence enough -- stemming from
Indian raids, numerous
outlaws, and the ever-present
vigilantes trying to control them, then another common event was the frequent feuds, range wars, and political conflicts that created yet more bloodshed in the
Here, you'll find the
Mason County War
Johnson County War
that came to a head between the cattle barons and small
Pleasant Valley War between the cattle-herding
Grahams and the sheep-herding Tewksburys in
Arizona, and lots more.
We've also added up some new
outlaws, such as that
Robert Ford who killed Jesse James. You'll
led a gang of desperados throughout
for more than two decades before he was caught and hanged. You'll
find several several articles that were written by Bat Masterson
back around the turn of the century on people he actually knew such as
lawmen, Bill Tilghman and
Ben Thompson, and
Luke Short. We figure
Bat can tell it better than we can.
And, you'll also find an
Masterson, himself, written at about the same time, by his editor.
I'm thinking "warm" for travel destinations
so there's a couple of new
Steins. While you're in the
area, you ought to go ahead and cross over into
you can check out the old
National Historic Site, which commemorates the story of the bitter
conflict between the Chiricahua
the United States military. Since you're so close, be sure to run on
down to Fairbank and
with lots of
in the area.
American front, you'll find Battles
& Massacres of the Indian Wars. Though there were hundreds of battles
across the American West, here is a summary of some of them,
Battle of Cibecue
the battle at what is now the
Lava Beds National Monument in California,
Battle of Washita where Black
Kettle and his band were massacred, and many
more. You'll also find that our List
of Old West Indians has many updates, plus full articles
Cochise, the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers, Black
Well, I think that's enough "new" for now,
so I'll be mosyin' on.
In Deer Lodge,
evangelist angered over a snoring parishioner once fired a bullet over
the head of the dozing man.
Isaac Parker sentenced 156 men and four women to death on
gallows, no women actually died by the hangman's noose.
When John Wesley Hardin was awakened by snoring in an adjacent hotel room,
he fired his six-gun through the wall in the direction of the snores, thus
curing the man of snoring, and everything else, for that matter.
Featured Travel Destination
California's ribbon of the
Mother Road stretches from the
Colorado River near
Needles, all the way to the Pacific Ocean at
Santa Monica. Traveling through deserts, mountains,
ghost towns, metropolitan areas, and
California's 320 miles of the
Mother Road provide a wide variety of geography, cultures,
architecture, and photographic opportunities.
Like other states, many of the
vintage icons along the old
Mother Road have been obliterated in
California, by the bustling population's desire to build "new and
shiny," especially in the cities, where you will need to search a little
harder to find the
Route 66 era views. Put on your "patience” hat as you head into the
second largest city in the United States and give yourself plenty of
time, but persevere, as the historic views are well worth it.
You will begin your trek across
Needles, which provides a peek of several vintage motels before you
move into the Mojave Desert and the lonely
ghost towns of
Goff, Essex, Chambless,
Ludlow before rejoining I-40.
Take a side trip to the historic
ghost town of
Calico on your way into
Barstow, you can still see many vintage icons, including the El
Rancho motel which was constructed from railroad ties, and the restored
Harvey House Hotel and depot which houses the
Route 66 Museum.
On your way to
Victorville, take a peek at the
Exotic World Museum, a tribute to burlesque, at nearby Helendale,
Route 66 Museum once you enter
As you continue your journey into
San Bernardino Valley, you will quickly know that you are entering
Los Angeles proper; however,
San Bernardino provides a view of several vintage businesses as well
as the world's first McDonalds, which is now a museum. And, don't miss
the infamous Wigwam Motel on the border between
San Bernardino and its suburb
Rialto, that once rented its rooms by the hour with its sign
displaying "Do It In a Teepee."
Continuing on through
Rancho Cucamonga, don't miss the old 1920s gas station, and the
Route 66 Visitors Center and Museum. As you pass through
Upland, grab a buffalo burger at the landmark Buffalo Inn, before
making your way on to
the original road survives for 80 miles through
Los Angeles and
its suburbs, where it is known variously as Foothill Boulevard, Colorado
Boulevard, Huntington Drive, Sunset Boulevard, and
Boulevard until you reach the western end of the
at the Santa
out the historic 1913 Colorado Street Bridge
in Pasadena, continue to downtown
where you can see dozens of historic buildings, and move on through
and Beverly Hills for a peek at the "stars" before finally reaching your Santa
California Route 66
Route 66 Map Series
- Created by Mother Road Experts Jerry McClanahan and Jim Ross, the
Route 66 Map Series, consisting of a separate fold-out map for each
state, provides an easy-to-follow through route and clear, simple
directions to keep you on the right track as you take the historic journey
down America's legendary highway. Each map is generously illustrated with
original nostalgia art by McClanahan, and text by Ross includes the
history of the road, tips on finding abandoned segments, and information
pertaining to each state. These eight maps are an absolute must for
every Route 66
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What our readers are saying about Legends
thought I'd send you a line while spending another evening browsing
through the wonderful links on your website. This is one of the most
interesting and intriguing websites I have seen about the
I can't seem to leave it alone when I know I should be looking up other
things on the web. Thanks for entertaining my evenings.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I really enjoyed viewing the [Native
sections along with the historical photos. - Valerie
I've seen the movie Cars and inspired me to
search up more info about "Route 66".
This site had a lot of
ghost towns to look
at, its a lovely site!!!
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The Old West
Cowboys on the American Frontier
From the book The Passing of the
Frontier, A Chronicle of the Old West, Emerson Hough tells us about
vast and rude, brought forth men also vast and rude. We pass today 
over parts of that matchless region, and we see the red hills and ragged
mountain-fronts cut and crushed into huge indefinite shapes, to which even
a small imagination may give a human or more than human form. It would
almost seem that the same great hand which chiseled out these monumental
forms had also laid its fingers upon the people of this region and
fashioned them rude and iron-like, in harmony with the stern faces set
was no prouder soul on earth than the
He was proud of being a horseman and had a contempt for all human beings
who walked. On foot in his tight-toed boots he was lost; but he wished it
to be understood that he never was on foot. If we rode beside him and
watched his seat in the big cow saddle we found that his high and narrow
heels prevented the slipping forward of the foot in the stirrup, into
which he jammed his feet nearly full length. If there was a fall, the
foot never hung in the stirrup. In the corral roping, afoot, his heels
anchored him. So he found his little boots not so unserviceable and
retained them as a matter of pride. Boots made for the
trade sometimes had fancy tops of bright-colored leather. The Lone Star of
was not infrequent in their ornamentation.
has changed. The curtain has dropped between us and its wild and stirring
scenes. The old days are gone. The house dog sits on the hill where
yesterday the coyote sang. There are fenced fields and in them stand sleek
round beasts, deep in crops such as their ancestors never saw. In a little
town nearby is the hurry and bustle of modern life. This town is far out
upon what was called the frontier, long after the frontier has really
gone. Guarding its ghost here stood a little army post, once one of the
pillars, now one of the monuments of the
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You can't keep trouble
from visitin, but you don't have to offer it a chair.
Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
Don't worry about
biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot
bigger than you think.
Ghosts & Mysteries
The Ghost of
As one might expect, historic places are often
haunted, and there are lots of places in the
Old West where legends
abound of ghostly apparitions. One little heard of tale that mirrors the
tragedy was another group led by a man named
Pike. This group of pioneers were following the
but were several weeks behind them. The same
blizzard which stranded the
in the Sierra's, likewise hit the
party, who had missed the Overland pass cutoff and were now in the
vicinity of Mooney Basin in
Party, like the
were also forced to cannibalism.
Once all food supplies disappeared and their livestock were eaten,
was one of the first to go. It is unknown whether
Pike was murdered, and his legs were
cooked up, or he lost both of his legs due to frostbite.
What is known, is that ever since that horrible winter, the ghost of
Pike has been seen off and on over the years. A ghost that
is always described as being hunchbacked with long scraggly white hair
and beard, and no legs.
activities have been going on in the Bald Mountain region since the
late 1800's. The remains of two
ghost towns are in these mountains.
One old settlement called "Joy" lies within the upper reaches of Water Canyon and
another -- Bald City, is in upper Mahoney Canyon.
In this area
there were numerous tales of those who had seen the wandering
spirit as well as stories of miners just disappearing, and never being
found again. One of a miner whose body was found, but his head was
During the 1980's, modern mining
activities began at Bald Mountain and "new" miners continued to
experience the "legend" of
when they suspected the spirit of unexplained equipment failures and
have seen a ghostly apparition wandering the area at night.
Did You Know?
want to be noticed.
Spirits often don't know that they are dead.
Ghosts hang out in
cliques with other ghosts.
Ghosts can smell things and love the smell of
Ghostly "Facts" and more can be seen
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