We've got the fever!! Spring fever, that
is. Last month, in our neck of the woods, there were more cold days
than not, but on the few days when the mercury on that rusty thermometer
broke 50º, we were outa here!
Sticking to places closer to home, we've been
day-trippin' every chance we get -- checking out some
forts, researching a few more
places, and as always, chatting up the locals. When it was too
cold to get out, we've been catching up on some past adventures, loading
up bunches of new pictures, building some new area directories, and
developing a new logo.
If you're new to
Legends of America, we focus on
travel destinations that appeal to the nostalgic and historic minded. Not really interested in the glitter and glitz of the big cities, we hunt
out those places with a little "elbow room," lots of history, and hidden
attractions. And, because it has been so popular, we have added a
website within the website that focuses on the the
its history, and its flavorful personalities. In fact, this will
most likely become its own site soon, as we have registered the domain
name -- "Old West Legends." Stay tuned.
I truly hope you enjoy the newsletter and the
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
New Additions to Legends
Leadville, Colorado - Cloud City, USA
Featured Book-Off the Beaten Path
Elizabethtown, New Mexico
The Old West
Train Robber - Black Jack Ketchum
Legends' General Store
Haunted Forts of Kansas
New Additions to
Legends of America
Sticking to places closer to home, we explored
the life and history of
and found that though this fellow has a very large folklore following, he
was also a very dangerous dude. Before his outlaw days,
involved in the whole Bleeding
Border Wars, which, of course, led us down another path to the Lawrence,
massacre and the Haunted
Hotel. Stay tuned, the history on Bleeding
too fascinating to ignore. We'll be adding that soon.
We also found that the
Farm in Kearney,
said to be haunted, so we added that story, which led to us thinking about
other hauntings. So, we "revisited"
where we found several
County ghostly spirits, as well as a couple of haunted hotels in
Colorado that just had to be added.
Continuing to bump into things along the way,
we have added a bucket load of content including a new
that we ran into --
added a treasure trove of stories on finding
lost caches in
New Mexico and in
took an adventure to
which is a great
historic city, by the way; and really expanded our
Old West Cookin'
pages to include
Dutch Oven Cooking and
What our readers are
saying about Legends of
teach 3rd grade in McPherson [Kansas]
and one of my reading groups is reading a story called Wagon Wheels. It is
a story of one family's journey to
Your website helped us to explore and learn more about the history of
This is a very informative site and kept my interest for hours. Thank you. --
love to read about
hauntings. Love your site!! --
Very nice collection of
Featured Travel Destination
Cloud City, USA
often called "The Two Mile High City" and "Cloud City," is the highest
incorporated city in the world at 10,430 feet. Located at the foot
of two of Colorado's highest peaks - Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive,
is one of America's last remaining authentic mining towns.
Established in 1859 when gold was discovered in nearby California Gulch,
was once called home to
and the infamous
Horace and Baby Doe Tabor. When silver was discovered in the
area, the town boomed and by 1893 the population was almost 60,000, but in
the same year it began to die when the United States moved to the gold
In 1895, past its heyday and struggling, Leadville
attempted to attract visitors by building a mammoth
Ice Castle to draw sightseers,
create jobs and rescue the town's flagging economy. The biggest ice
structure ever built in the United States, the
encompassed 58,000 square feet.
Today, this historic town is filled with pristine old buildings,
small town hospitality, a host of museums. Just outside of town is
Route of the Silver Kings, a gravel trek outside of
that will lead you to a number of abandoned mines and historic buildings.
You can read the whole story of
Colorado by clicking
What do you think??
Recently, we got an
e-mail from one of our readers who obtained an old tin-type that looks
like it could possibly be the
Dalton Brothers. We agreed to put a copy up on our pages and ask you what you
think? Take a look and zap us an
Click HERE to see
the enlargement and several comparison photographs.
Update: Sorry, the owner sold the picture, so it has been taken down
Featured Travel Guides and Books
the Beaten Path
by Reader's Digest
guide to more than 1,000 scenic and interesting places still un-crowded
and inviting. The Reader's Digest editors have searched the
highways, back roads, and byways of America to find the most appealing and
unusual out-of-the-way places. Includes 380 color photographs of natural
and man-made wonders including scenic attractions, wildlife preserves,
quiet woodlands, pristine lakes and streams, historic villages, ghost
towns, and much, much more.
Legends' General Store has both new and used versions of this
Adventure isn't hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is
an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life --
facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources
against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique
--John Amatt organizer and participant in Canada's first successful
expedition to the summit of Mt Everest.
Elizabethtown boasted 7,000 people. Now, its few remaining
buildings look silently over the beautiful Moreno Valley, hanging on to
nothing more than its memories.
1866, gold was discovered in the area and nearby Baldy Mountain was
crawling with prospectors on what was once the largest land grant in U.S.
History. The town quickly boomed and shared its history with
notorious visitors such as outlaw
Jack Ketchum and gunslinger
Allison. Unfortunately, when the gold played out, so did
Almost entirely gone,
name given to it by the locals, was saved by one of the descendents of an
original resident and now features a museum, tour and video presentation. But, there is nothing about
that feels as if it is a commercial "tourist trap". Several ruins of
the original town remain, as well as the old cemetery which looks out upon
the beautiful Moreno Valley.
can read the whole story of
by clicking HERE.
NEW!! Area Directories!
Are you a business from Northeast
Or, from any other area that we currently write about?
We have just added to our pages Area
Directories that provide information on attractions, lodging, dining and
more for our readers.
For our readers, check out these
directories for a quick reference guide to the places that we include in
Legends of America
For businesses, you can check our Area
Directories for accuracy and add or make changes to your listing right
Legends is really growing due to its popularity. When it comes
to history, we obviously have a fascination with the
Old West. So, Legends of America is
working to add more stories every day. Recently, we've added
Here Lies the
Legends - pages that describe how these historical figures died and
their burial places. We've also added a couple of lady
and a woman who probably wasn't an
at all, but has unfortunately been portrayed as such --
We've also recently formed a partnership with
True West Magazine, who we utilize extensively in our research for our
articles. For over 50 years, this great magazine has been writing about
the West, but when we contacted them about representing their magazine on
our website, this was a new concept for them.
Legends of America is their
first website partnership and we hope you will support us both.
Read all of our
Legends stories, by clicking
Outlaws and Gunslingers
Robber Black Jack Ketchum
Jack Ketchum was notorious in northeast
during the late 1890s.
Jack and his gang had taken a liking to robbing trains between Folsom
and Des Moines,
New Mexico. At the same time, they were known in the area as
well-mannered young men, riding
good horses, flashing plenty of money, and claiming to be cowboys. Often they arrived at local functions where the women were enraptured by
their manners, frequenting several establishments in
New Mexico. Not until later, when they were captured, did townspeople learn these
young men were actually members of "Black Jack" Ketchum's
Tried and convicted,
Jack was hanged on April 26, 1901, a big attraction in the small town
of Clayton, New
Mexico. However. the town of Clayton had no experience in
hanging and due to a mishap with the rope, he was decapitated.
Read the whole story about
Jack Ketchum by clicking
on the Gallows - The Story of Legal Hangings in New Mexico,
by West Gilbreath
In the Old West, execution was a common
form of punishment, and until 1923 hanging was the most common form of
New Mexico. West Gilbreath has documented New Mexico's legal
hangings, and a few illegal ones, to tell the story of how dozens of
hardened criminals, and perhaps a few innocents, were dropped from the
gallows and jerked to their final reward. (out of stock)
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Legends' General Store has partnered with several vendors to
offer products that we think will be of interest to our customers. In addition to our exclusive
travel books and
we now display a wide variety of turqouise
jewelry, and great products from the History and
We hope you will support the website by
Legends' General Store and our affiliate partners.
Recently, we have removed ALL shipping and
handling charges from
From Legends' General Store
Literally, thousands of
from across the U.S. See
Route 66, the
Native Americans, and all the states.
Ghosts and Mysteries
There is just no researching
without bumping into a few
stories. Most recently, we spent some time at
several of the Old Military
Forts of Kansas,
which are just filled with
Leavenworth, the oldest military post west of the Mississippi River,
is said to also be the most haunted fort in the nation. We also
added some haunting material on
and Fort Riley. Given their violent histories, it is not surprising that these historic
forts include a few ghostly visitors.
To read more about the
Haunted Forts of
Hey, check this out!!
We got a phone call the other day from the
Sci-Fi Channel!! They are looking for leads to any paranormal story
with "Proof-Positive" evidence. Do you know of such a story? If you do, perhaps you and
Legends of America
could get "newsworthy" by helping out the Sci-Fi Channel. Zap us an
if you know of a story!
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