Hi gang! Well, it's been a
short but interesting month. Took a trip down southwest
way to finish up a little stretch of
and along the path, I found some really great
Feels as if you might be riding on that original road back in the 1940s,
as you pass closed up gas stations, country stores, and tumbling rock
As much as I love the
I've been missing my ventures into the
while I've been working to finish up this
book. So, taking a little break, I took a quick sally along that
old trail and found more
ghost towns ,
Devol, and a couple of haunted hotels.
And, with the season premier of HBO's
Deadwood series, I just
had to write about
and that no good scoundrel
Well, it's back to the writing road as I've
got a really busy next few months. See ya in April!
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In this Edition:
New Additions to the Website
Carthage - America's Maple Leaf City
Didn't Teach You About the Wild West
Queen City Ghost Town- Sumpter, Oregon
HBO's Deadwood - Facts & Fiction
Coming Next Month:
A Lil' More Texas
Lynchings in the Wild West
A Coupla' New Screensavers
New Additions to Legends of America
So, along the
West Trail, I discovered all kinds of new stories. If you
missed it, we recently posted a new article on
Old West Poker
and, ohmagosh, I never imagined how popular it would be. Well, I
guess it goes without saying that gambling was a huge part of the
frontier days of the
So, we soon added the premier riverboat
George Devol, who was said to have been not only the best card
player during those times, but also a notorious con artist and
cardsharp. (Yes, this is spelled right. It was cardsharP in the
19th century and wasn't known as cardshark until the 20th century!)
After the days of the
and gambling infatuation died for a time, when the puritans of the early
1900s began to sanction all manner of vices. Drinking was
prohibited, gambling dens were closed, and most of the ever popular
brothels were banned forever.
was the first state to
outlaw gambling. But, soon, it reversed itself, becoming the
gambling mecca that it is today. Over the years,
had its growth spurts and lows, but today
has become the most popular game in the world
Do you know anyone between the ages of 14
and 30? If you do, you have no doubt been hearing their tales of
tournaments held in local taverns, and
No longer is the current fad the "X-Box" and "Play Station" - now it's
Keeping up with the trends,
Legends of America is
now featuring a FREE
to Build Your Online Poker Bankroll for Free. Is this a
stretch from our normal historical articles? Well, maybe.
E-Book was written by my good friend Bob Braun, who is an "unpaid"
and often "dragged along" member of the "team." And, if you're
into online poker
or, are thinking about it, this is a proven system that really works!
On to other topics,
is complete! From vineyards surrounding
Meramec Caverns, once the hideout of
this historic and scenic stretch is well worth the travel time. In
addition to multiple
historic stops, you will also find that
ghostly legends abound.
And, last but not least, we promised haunted
hotels, and yes we found some. Shoot, they're everywhere!
Check out the
Ivy House Inn in Casper,
which is haunted by its former owner as well as her cats; the historic
Bed & Bakery, a very old inn in
that served as a saloon and bordello for more than forty years; and the
at 835 in
Illinois that continues to be
called home to the socialite that built it almost a century ago.
What our readers are saying about Legends
This is a fabulous site, well laid out &
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reading the "slang"
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I loved your work on the history of Moreno
inclusion of the folk lore of the valley adds to the charm of your
writing. Thank you for your support of the area and our new
museum. - Michael
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else doing anything like it. Thank you. - Ed
For anyone in America who can't get
enough of the
this is the website that handles all of those chores for ya.........what
a great read! - Scott
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fun. - Diane
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Featured Travel Destination
- The "Bandit
Belle Starr, Civil War battles, wealthy lead miners, and old
combine to make this historic city a great place to visit.
spent her early days in
before her father moved the family to
to get away from the embroiled battles along the state line between
before and during the Civil War. Later,
would become one of the most notorious of the lady
outlaws, cohorting with the likes of the Younger Brothers and
The town provides a historic Civil War
Battleground site as well as a Civil War museum, which provides the
history of the Battle of
and the terrible state of the war in southwest
Missouri suffered the
third largest number of engagements during the war. Only Virginia
and Tennessee had more.
In the 1890s, lead and zinc were discovered
in the area and by the turn of the century,
boasted more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United
States. These wealthy mine owners built numerous buildings and homes
that can be seen around the historics square and about the older areas
of the city.
maple-lined streets, rich history, and numerous
landmarks invite visitors for walk down memory lane.
Questions From Our Readers
Jefferson Randolph ("Soapy") Smith... I am
seeking information on my great grandfather, "Soapy" Smith, the infamous
con man of
Colorado and Alaska (1880's to 1898). I am finishing up a true
history of the man and am always seeking new stuff about the man. Thank
I am a member of a re-enactment group in
I play the part of "Curly" Bill Brocius and the information I have on
him is very sparse. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Featured Guides and Books
They Didn't Teach You About the Wild West
by Mike Wright
West goes back farther in time than you might imagine. The
first "cowboys" were rustlers during the American Revolution and by the
end of the Revolution, the "frontier" was the Ohio River Valley.
It also extends much farther into modern times than most would think.
Early Hollywood cowboy movie star Tom Mix was a real cowboy in the late
and Butch Cassidy lived into the twentieth century. And, there is
substantial evidence that the Sundance Kid lived until 1957!
Photographs, 370 pages, hardcover.
Bumper Sticker Wisdom
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's
The police never think it's as funny as you
Closed minds always seem to be connected to
We have enough youth, how about a fountain
Oregon - Queen City Ghost Town - In 1862,
five men from South Carolina were on their way to the
gold fields. Before they arrived, the men camped near a place
called Cracker Creek in
beginning to do a little gold panning. Before you know it, the
glittering metal appeared in their pans and destination
was immediately forgotten.
Nestled in a remote area, the camp grew
slowly in the beginning. However, by the turn of the century,
almost nine million dollars in gold had been taken from the area's 35
mines and the settlement boasted about 5,000 people. The town
earned the nickname, The Queen City, as it became the hub for several
surrounding mining camps.
In August, 1917
was the site of a devastating fire, which consumed nearly 100 buildings
and spelled a death knell for the settlement. Hard rock mining was
winding down in the area and most of the miners simply moved on to more
profitable strikes. However, mining continued with the help of
dredges, the last one operating until 1954.
Today there is still gold in the bedrock of
Valley and continues to lay there as it was too deep for the dredges to
get to. The town has seen a revival as a historic tourist
attraction, where the evidence of its former gold mining glory days is
still in evidence in the many mine tailings in the area. Dredge #2
has been preserved and now sits in the midst of
Dredge State Park, where tours of the old dredge are available during
the summer. The town also provides a historic Narrow Gauge
Railroad, where tourists can experience the early 1900s by taking a
steam engine tour of the area.
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HBO's Deadwood - Facts & Fiction
fans, I just know you've been watching
At least most of you that I've "talked" to are glued to it every Sunday
night and were counting the days for the new season to begin. Me
When you're watching the series, do you ever
wonder which parts are fact and which are fiction? Did Trixie
really work at the
Is it true that our hero,
an affair with Alma Garrett? Was
Al Swearengen as bad as they
make him out to be? For that matter, did any of these
people really even exist? Well, my curious historic mind is always
wondering so I've done some research and you can now sort the truths
from the tales in the new article
HBO's Deadwood - Facts & Fiction.
Here's a preview: Alma Garrett didn't
even exist, so our boy
couldn't have had an illicit affair with her. Furthermore,
wife Martha was never married to
brother. He didn't even have a brother and Martha was his
childhood sweetheart. How about the scoundrel
Yup, he really did exist and he owned the
Alas, it seems that he was actually worse than the series portrays.
HBO shields us from the fact that the evil
extremely brutal on the girls who "worked" for him, beating them
regularly. Married three times, his wives took the same abuse.
And, here's one that will throw you for a loop - old E.B. Farnum was
married with three children!
Wondering what might happen next on
the series? Well, I certainly can't tell you what those
hoopleheads in Hollywood will do, but historical
Deadwood has much more
in its future, including the arrival of Morgan and
a raging fire that destroys the town, and a fall-out between wicked
Swearengen and his henchman,
In the meantime, I guess we just grab the
popcorn and wait with bated breath every Sunday night to view the next
turn of events.
Legends' General Store
Hooks Indian Collection - This new collection at the
Legends' General Store comes from the popular Tipi Indian
House in Dallas,
For more than thirty years, Robert Hooks, an Indian of
Shawnee, and Cheyenne descent, provided
authentic and rare Native American items to his many customers.
After his death, the famous Tipi Indian House closed its doors forever,
but thanks to his grandson, Clint, you can continue to see many of these
rare pieces here at the
Legends' General Store.
Collection no longer available.
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