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may have lost an hour this weekend, but we're that much closer to being
done with Winter! Kathy and I aren't known for being fond of lots of
snow, so we made plans this year to head south for a month in hopes of
avoiding it. Kathy wanted to leave in early January, but I insisted we
wait until closer to February, convincing her it would likely be the worst
month of the season.
Mother Nature started to worry me there for a while, as
January turned out pretty darn snowy and cold here in
the time we left for
Texas on January 28th we had already burned through
half our wood stock and I had shoveled the sidewalks no less than three times. I began to think I would be eating my words, but only a few days after our
Warsaw received the worse
blizzard in decades, dumping an
initial 17 inches of snow, followed by additional storms bringing it up to
around 26 inches. So we were all smiles as we reached our temporary home
in Del Rio
Texas, despite the fact that they too were seeing unusual
freezing temps for several days in a row.
Enough about that stuff though, we had an incredible time
in West Texas. Along the way there, we stopped to see our good
Route 66 friend Ken "The Landrunner" Turmel in
Oklahoma City and picked up some
of his incredible Postmark Art. This unique art work features
postmarks from all along the Mother Road, and you will soon find it in the
Rocky Mountain Store. We also took time to stop in
Texas to get a personal tour of the
Bob Bullock Texas State History
Museum. Big thanks to Legends reader Linda Pybus Glover for the wonderful
tour and assistance in writing our story.
There is so much to show and tell about the
incredible history and beauty we found on our trip, the best way is to let
you see for yourself. Check out our
Photo Albums. Don't
worry, you do not have to have a Facebook account to see them, simply
click on the following links and take a trip in pictures with us.
I think my two personal favorites were
Langtry mainly for the raw beauty of the Rio Grande
and the quirky history of its founder,
Judge Roy Bean. As far as
although we tend not to focus that much on the larger cities, this town is
a must for history lovers.
The Mission Trail
provided a great look at the early Spanish missions, some of which are
still in use today.
I also got a kick out of Kathy and how her
thrifty ways landed us in a hotel only three blocks from the River Walk
and the Alamo. Amazing how such a short distance can make a big
difference in the quality of your stay. Our room featured a busted
out window covered in insulation, one bed that almost fell to the floor
and the other I could have broke a rock on, along with some unique views
of downtown San Antonio when walking to the
Alamo. We probably would
have taken one of the buses had we known we would be coming back to the
hotel so late from the River Walk. If your planning to stay in the
Downtown area, I recommend spending the extra dollars for a room closer to
the action. We had a blast, and despite the accommodations, it was a
After our journey to south and west
Texas, we will be working from home for a while. However, we've been
traveling and collecting photographs for many years before we were
Facebooking. So, while we're not on the road, we will be bringing you a
number of "virtual tours" of our past travels. Kathy put together a
"taste" of what's to come in our Facebook album
Taste of the American West. We will include links to these virtual
tours here in the newsletter as well.
Driving Miss Kathy - Walker of Dog
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In this Edition:
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Terlingua - Texas' Favorite Ghost Town
Route 66 - Oatman, A Living Ghost Town
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Kathy Weiser Alexander ponders what adventure lies beyond the Pecos
River Bridge near
Dave Alexander ponders what the hell Kathy's getting him into
New Additions and Feature
thing about it being real cold outside, Kathy gets lots of writing done.
We haven't done a newsletter since early December, so there is a LOT of
new additions to be aware of. Continuing on with Kathy's obsession of the places and history of
California, which is very likely to be a future winter's destination,
you'll find lots of new material on this subject. Check out
Laws, California - An Outdoor Museum. When the
Southern Pacific Railroad closed its line to
Laws, the town was destined to be a true ghost town. Instead; however,
the City of Bishop and Inyo County established a railroad museum at the
site and later moved various buildings to
Laws. It now serves as a museum that typifies a typical turn of the
century town. You'll also find interesting history on the
Furnace Creek Ranch and
Furnace Creek Inn, both of which were once the properties
Pacific Coast Borax Company.
Today, they continue to stand as part of the Furnace Creek Resort.
You'll find lots of
Characters of Early Death Valley who were the first to
develop many of the mines and towns. Meet
William Tell Coleman
who made a fortune operating the
Harmony Borax Works and the first to operate the the
in Death Valley. He would later lose his entire fortune, and
his properties fell to
Francis "Borax" Marion Smith - The Borax King of Death Valley.
Coast Borax Company and aggressively promoted the
Borax brand and trademark. And, of course, you will find
dozens of ghost towns caused by the rise and fall of the
mining industry. We can't wait to visit some of these places
Dublin Gulch, and
giving Death Valley a rest, Kathy moved on to
and fur traders. We've got a
large expansion to our Montana Fort
summaries, including numerous trading posts. Includes places such as
Fort Van Buren,
and dozens more. Plus, full articles on
Fort Benton, the Birthplace of Montana
Fort Yellowstone. This led to
of the Fur Trade, an article which describes the hundreds of trading posts
of the west. In these old places, we uncovered lots of new
Trappers, & Traders, including two shady characters. See these boys:
The Treachery of Mike Fink and
Alexander Harvey - Desperado of the Fur Trade.
interesting person we've added is the infamous
Eleanore Dumont, better known as
Madame Mustache. Shewas one of the first known professional
blackjack players in American history and, for over three decades, made her name
famous across the mining camps of the
And, on to
Texas. Check out the
Pecos Heritage Trail. This 1,356 heritage trail includes sand
dunes, underground caverns, spring-fed pools, seven state parks,
dozens of towns, and hundreds of historical, cultural, natural, and
recreational destinations. You'll also see a new article on the
San Antonio-El Paso Road.
Also known as the Lower Emigrant Road or Military Road, was an
economically important trade route between the Texas
and El Paso between 1849 and 1882.
And it wouldn't be frontier
Texas without a few shady characters.
A.J. Royal - One Bad Pecos County Sheriff and
Barney Riggs - Infamous West Texas Gunfighter.
That just brings us up to February, when we added stories on the
many places in
Texas we visited on our trip. Including
Salado, Texas - Frontier College Town
before the village of Salado was ever formed, the area had long been known to
Americans for Salado Creek and the
multiple springs in the area.
D'Hanis, Texas - French Colony of the
Republic - A small unincorporated community in central Medina
this tiny burg is rich in history.
Texas - Unlike many other
forts prominent in the
Indian Wars, this fort in south-central
Texas remained an
active post through World War II.
Del Rio, Texas - Rio Grande River City -
Legends' temporary home during February,
has a history that goes back
thousands of years before, when the area was
first settled by prehistoric Indians.
And our favorite
- Located between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend
Ranch State Park in southwest Texas, Terlingua is Texas’
The name “Terlingua”
actually applies to a mining district, and there were three different
settlements located here in southwestern Brewster County.
Of course you will also find new material on
Missions National Historic Park - Beginning in the
16th century, missionaries, accompanied by a few
moved north out of the Valley of Mexico, founding missions and
presidios. Including it's most famous
Mission San Antonio de Valero -
The Alamo - Originally known as the
Mission San Antonio de Valero, the
Alamo, began as a Catholic mission and compound in 1718, one
of many Catholic missions organized as part of the official Spanish plan
Americans and colonize northern New Spain.
There's plenty new additions to come, so be sure to watch our
page for more.
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Terlingua - Best Ghost Town in
the Lone Star State -
Located between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend
Ranch State Park in southwest Texas,
ghost town. The name "Terlingua" actually applies to a mining
district, and there were three different settlements located here in
southwestern Brewster County. The name derives from two Spanish words, tres
and lenguas, meaning "three tongues," called such for one of two reasons.
Still debated today, some say "three tongues" refer to the three languages
spoken in the area long ago - English, Spanish, and
The second reason refers to the three forks of Terlingua Creek.
The first settlement in the area was a Mexican
village located on Terlingua Creek three miles above its confluence with the Rio
Grande River. In the mid-1880's, cinnabar, from which the metal mercury is
extracted, was discovered, which would slowly change the region from a single
sleepy village into a mining district.
The local Indians
had long known about the cinnabar, which they prized for its brilliant red
color for body pigment. Later, other Mexican and American prospectors also
found it, but the remoteness of the area, lack of water and hostile
deterred any mining.
However, with the
threat past, several locals began small mining operations by the late
1880's and began to produce mercury - usually called quick-silver at the
time. The earliest commercial production was primitive, easily taking out
the surface outcroppings of ore and utilizing burro-drawn carts to haul
the ore to collecting points where it was hand sorted. It was then placed
in simple furnaces and heated until the mercury was condensed into its
liquid form. These first surface ores were so rich that these primitive
methods were enough to produce commercially salable amounts.
In 1884, a local man by the name of Juan
Acosta found more cinnabar in the area and worked with an investor named
Klein to develop his claim. However, they sold out to a group of
California men, who would later start one of the first major mining
operations, calling their claim "California Hill".
Still, there would be no major mining
operations until later as the land had not been properly surveyed. After
that occurred in the summer of 1898, the Marfa and Mariposa Mining Company
erected the first large furnace in the district.
By the turn of the century, word was out that
the region was rich in mercury and by the spring of 1900 about 1,000
flasks of the liquid metal had been extracted by four major producers -
Marfa and Mariposa, California Hill, Lindheim & Dewees, and the Excelsior
By that time, a new town had sprung up around
the Marfa and Mariposa Mine. It too, became known as Terlingua and the
first village was then referred to as Terlingua Abaja, or lower Terlingua.
It gained a post office in 1899.
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So, it appears I'm putting together this
Newsletter while I'm hungry, because I just couldn't resist featuring
one of the delicious recipes from our Flavors of the Mother Road
It's Not Your
Mother's Meatloaf from the Bagdad Cafe
The Bagdad Cafe is in Newberry Spring,
1 whole bay leaf
Pinch cayenne pepper
3/4 t. black pepper
1/2 t. cumin
1/4 t. nutmeg
3 T. butter
3/4 C. chopped onions
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped green bell pepper
1/4 C. chopped scallions
2 to 5 cloves of garlic minced (depending on preference)
Hot Sauce to Taste:
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 C. milk
1/4 C. ketchup
11/4 lbs. ground beef
3/4 lb. ground pork or sausage
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C. very fine dry bread crumbs, with Italian seasoning
Combine seasoning mix and set aside. Melt butter in saucepan over
medium heat. Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, scallions, garlic,
hot sauce, Worcestershire and seasoning mix. Saute 5 to 6 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Mixture will begin sticking to bottom of pan,
scrape bottom as you stir. Add milk and ketchup. Continue cooking for
about 2 minutes, stirring. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool
to room temperature (remove bay leaves).
In a bowl, place the ground beef, pork,
eggs, cooked vegetable mixture and bread crumbs. Thoroughly mix by
hand. Shape into a loaf and place in the middle of a 9- by 13-inch
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then
raise heat to 400 degrees and continue cooking until done (about 30
there are plenty more Route 66 Recipes, from Cafe Peach Cobler to
Roy's Route 66 Double Cheeseburger. Find them all on our Flavors
of the Mother Road pages
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Notes From Dave and Legends' General Store
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the Legends Art Store.
Here you can hang up a piece of American History for as low as $6.99.
And we have a huge selection of Frames to choose from, or you can put it
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In addition to the Art Store, we are working hard to add almost 1,000 True West and Frontier
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in American History
March 1 1692 - Salem, Massachusetts
authorities interrogated Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and an Indian
slave, Tituba, to determine if they indeed practiced witchcraft.
March 2 1899 - President William McKinley signed legislation
creating Mount Rainier National Park in
March 4 1861 - Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the
presidential oath of office, inaugurating
Abraham Lincoln as the
March 5 1770 - A Boston crowd skirmished with British troops
quartered in the city in what was later known as the Boston
March 6 1836 - Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna
Alamo, a former mission in the Mexican town of
March 7 1850 - Senator Daniel Webster delivered his famous Seventh
of March speech attempting to narrow the widening gap between
North and South.
March 10 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
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