Whew, whew, whew!!!!!!! I'm praying, hoping,
begging, pleading that the pace for this new year of 2008 will slow
itself down just a little, and as long as we're begging, how about a
little warm weather??? please........... After moving this great
big ole' website to a new server, building a new bulletin board and
still in the process of implementing a new shopping cart, moving my mom
from an assisted living center through a critical care hospital to a
long-term nursing home, getting the Hospice folks on board, refinancing
two houses (just in the nick of time before every mortgage lender shuts
their doors), building another website for my
association, and fitting in an already planned trip to southern
New Mexico, I
could really just use a couple of days sitting in the sun doing nothing.
Oh, and while you're up, could you bring me a beer?
With this mad pace, most assuredly we'll get
there, right after we catch up on the bookkeeping, do our taxes, finish
that shopping cart, blog
and write up next month's trip to
and get those orders out the door. Uh..... could you make that two beers
The trip to
was great! We flew into El Paso,
Texas, took a
little jaunt straight east, first spying some centuries old missions on
the Mission Trail and a few ghostly little towns before making our way
north through the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Oh, yeah, Dave says
"don't speed through
Parks." He got the opportunity to meet one of
after rounding a bend at 76 miles per hour (speed limit 55.) Yeah, he's
packing his lunch this month to pay off that ticket. You can check out
his ramblings about that trip on his
Then on to see some aliens at
Billy the Kid's
Sumner, a great morning in
filled with the history of
County War. Heading west in the desert we're surprised by a freakish
winter storm that leaves the desert cactus frozen and sparkling in the
sun. Beautiful. Lots of
along the way, and a stop at everyone of them as you can imagine. Seven
days later we're back in line at the airport savoring the many days we
spent in shirt sleeves and though returning to Kansas City cold, looking
forward to sleeping in our own bed. You can see more about that great
trip and stops along the way on my
Guess I better get going. In the meantime, I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
Travel Destination - Missouri Route 66
The Old West
- Wells Fargo
Student Driver. Get the hill out of my way!
If We Quit Voting, Will They Go Away?
One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.
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New Additions to Legends of
trip, you'll finds lots of new tales on
stops and history that we picked up along the way. The southern
portion of the
Enchantment is filled with the sites of more prosperous mining days
at places such as
one of the state's premier
This very intact
made millions over the years and survived numerous floods and fires,
before it finally died in the 1950s. Today, it is a summer tourist
destination. Of course, we're there in the winter, climbing a very steep
and narrow road in the snow. Good thing we had 4-wheel drive. You'll
also find our stops at other fading places such as
White Oaks, and our very favorite --
Shakespeare. Another absolute great day was in
I'm just fascinated with the
and all those players --
Billy the Kid ,
Pat Garrett ,
Lawrence Murphy, and those characters. A great stop!!
New Mexico, I
delved into the history of our lake house location --
was fascinated and almost ashamed I hadn't researched this before. This
historic little city was once a riverboat hub, burned during the
and the site of a little known
And thank you to
a couple of guest writers we're featuring this month. Maggie Van Ostrand
is a prolific writer who we've been working with over the last couple of
years, swapping tales and photos, brings us
Sally Skull, a
'black widow" and tough cowgirl whose husbands tended to die
as quick as she married them. Maggie also shares her tale of
Annie Rogers and the Bank
Annie was the girlfriend to the notorious "Kid
Curry," the meanest and wildest of the
another great writer, brings us
Haunted Camp Floyd in
ghost town ,
and a fascinating tale of the
Portland Underground, a very scary place where sailors were once
We also "borrowed" some historic tales
from the past including
The Old Stage Drivers, the
First Train Robbery
On The Pacific Coast,
A Midnight Adventure in Nevada,
Stay tuned for new
articles as we fill in a few
stops we made and add up our next
The term "red
light district" came from the Red Light Bordello in
City, 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.
The famous gunfight at the
O.K. Corral only lasted about thirty seconds.
Henry Wells, of the famous
Wells Fargo and
Company freight line never lived any further West than Buffalo, New York.
n 1876, the lawless
town of Deadwood, South Dakota averaged a murder a day.
Featured Travel Destination
Spring is on its
way and there's lots of folks who will be planning on making that 2400
Route 66 trek
checking out the many vintage views, quirky stops, and still popular
tourist destinations along this old romanticized road.
journey across the "Show
Me State” provides
not only some of the most scenic views of the
it also has dozens of vintage icons along the old highway, many of which
can still be visited today.
Along this historic pavement, you will see some of the
best tourist attractions, including the
and Meramec Caverns;
classic scenes such as the Chain of Rocks Bridge
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in
the Munger-Moss Motel in
and the Boots Motel in
As you continue southwest, you will begin
to enter the
Ozarks, with numerous scenic views of the Big Piney River, low mountain
ranges, forests and curling roads, especially around the area of
In the historic towns of
not only will you see vintage buildings of the
era, but also several
is currently making a revival with a number of reconditioned buildings.
an area that was once extremely rich in lead mining; museums, old mining
equipment, and tailings can still be seen along this vintage path.
All along the old highway, that
closely follows the route of
an ancient pre-Civil War stage line,
there is some bit of history to be seen. Photo opportunities, as well as
recreation activities of every type imaginable can also be enjoyed in the
"Show Me State."
In addition, the
route also provides an abundance of side trips to great travel
destinations, in and of themselves, such as Lake of the Ozarks,
and the recreated " ghost
of Red Oak II.
As always, enjoy the ride.
Images of 66,
David Wickline - If you've ever
traveled even a little portion of
you'll know that some of the great vintage icons and photo opportunities
are hard to find. Not with this book! This 386 page book has more than 2,000 images
of those many "must stops" along
includes addresses where possible. Click
HERE for more.
The Old West
Wells Fargo - Staging & Banking in the Old West
Evoking an image of stagecoaches rattling over rutted mountain roads and
outlaws hiding in the brush awaiting its arrival was
Wells Fargo in the
The organization began when prosperous New York
businessmen, Henry Wells and William Fargo saw great opportunity in the
west after gold was discovered. The pair, who had helped to found American
Express in 1850, officially created
Wells Fargo & Co. on March 18, 1852
with two primary objectives – transportation and banking. In
where no railroads yet existed, the Wells, Fargo & Co
Express, planned to
provide stagecoach and wagon services to the many miners flooding to the
area, as well as freight services to businesses. Its banking division,
Wells, Fargo & Co Bank advertised both financial services and a
general forwarding businesses for mail, valuable deliveries and freight.
Within the year
Wells Fargo established
its first office in San Francisco, soon followed by offices in
Sacramento, Monterey and San Diego, and within no time, in most every
mining camp in
Fargo joined with a number
of partners to build the largest stagecoach empire in the world.
One of its earliest and most important
tasks included the transportation of gold from the Philadelphia mint,
Wells Fargo retained until a United States Mint was opened
in San Francisco in April, 1854. Another important task serviced by
Fargo was mail delivery. Though post offices were first
1848, the public preferred the express companies, as they were cheaper
and faster than the U.S. Mail.
By the early 1860’s
Wells Fargo had a monopoly
the express business, sporting some 147 offices. Most of its stagecoaches
were Concords, manufactured in Concord, New Hampshire. Each carried
fifteen passengers, nine inside and six outside, including the driver and
a Wells Fargo messenger, and was drawn by six horses.
Throughout its heyday stagecoach years
was the target of numerous outlaws. They were told by robbers to "throw down the
box" from a Concord stage for the last time in 1908. The bandits were
immediately pursued, this time in automotive vehicles. The last
horse-drawn stage carrying Wells Fargo
cargo ran between Tonopah and Manhattan,
Over the years, numerous mergers and
acquisitions took place, but the company still exists today, providing
financial services at some 6,000 locations.
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Route 66 is still drivable.
Territory was organized in 1869,
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The first fort constructed west of the
Atkinson near Blair,
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