Happy Weird Weather, all!
Don't know if this has something to do with "Global Warming," or
more likely, is just typical of
weather, but just this week, I have
been digging in the dirt in a sleeveless shirt, watched it pour warm
rain at 66 degrees, and stared at a snow covered
lake. It was pretty, but it was also pretty weird. In the time its taken
me to put this newsletter together, I've been back outside, digging in
the dirt (albeit, very muddy) again in 65+ degrees and it's supposed to
be 70 tomorrow. No doubt, I'm preaching to the choir, as it is seemingly
"weather weird" everywhere.
In the meantime, I've just been itching to
get on the road. It's been too long since I've been a site-seein'
and turning up the dust on lonely roads. As the schedule is hectic, I've
planned just a brief trip out to western
at the end of the month, wanting to
see some things I either haven't seen as a kid or haven't seen at all
(even though I grew up in
Kansas.) Though the "Land of Oz," is by far,
not one of the primary tourist destinations in the U.S., for the history
buff, it is filled with loads of tales and historic sites, from the many
pioneers that crossed these vast prairies on the
Butterfield Overland Dispatch to Denver during the
Colorado gold rush, the
homesteaders that planted themselves here in order to ensure that
became a free-state,
Indian Wars, rough and rowdy
cowtowns and more!
So, I called up an old friend and at the end
month, barring any unexpected blizzards or more weird weather, we'll be
off. Can't wait to get some new pics, some new tales, and lots more
In the meantime, I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
Featured Travel Destination - Fort Smith, Arkansas
The Old West
- Frontier Remedies & Cures
Ghostly Legends -
Phantoms of Vallecito Stage Station
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In anticipation of our trip westward, I sometimes like to write
about places before I visit -- that way I'm sure not miss anything. So, I spent
quite a little bit of time writing about
I think there just might have been more
Kansas than any other state.
Though many of these have returned to Mother Nature, the "Sunflower State"
once had a variety of forts that protected the trails, sites that were Confederate and
days, and places that served as
trading posts during the early
years of westward
exploration. Many of these destinations, I have already checked out, such as
Fort Blair in the eastern part of the state. However, there are
out west that I'm very much looking
forward to, such as rediscovering
Fort Harker ;
for the first time, and traveling the old path of the
Butterfield Overland Dispatch
Along the line, we'll also take a 60 mile round-about detour along the Smoky
Valley Scenic Byway.
While I was checking all this out and continually bumping into
stagecoach stories, I went on another one of my
"benders," suddenly being obsessed with
stagecoaches, their trails,
lines, and people -- from the
stagecoach kings to the drivers. Now, that's a big
project that will continue to grow for a while. In the meantime, check out a few
interesting stagecoach personalities including
John Warren Butterfield,
"Hank” Monk, and more. Also see the "powerhouses" that ran the
staging business including
Butterfield Overland Stage Company,
Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express Company,
and Company. But, the most interesting thing to me are the
Stagecoach Tales, which provide a peek at
some of the very interesting stories along the many routes -- check out
A Journey to Denver via
Knights of the Lash,
Phantoms of Vallecito
Stage Station, and lots more.
And, this bit of stagecoach history is just scratching the
surface --there will be many more to come.
On different subjects, you'll see a bit about
Train Trips and
Train Travel in Texas as
well as a little more about