Hey Gang - Spring is in the air and
I'm getting real itchy to hit the road. Not sure what the agenda
will bring in the months ahead but I have visions of mountains, a trip
Nebraska and the
a couple of
Route 66 festivals, and who knows what else will spur my fancy along
Well, a few changes on the home front - I'm
staying in the Kansas City area - no move to
A little bummed about that, but life happens. So, I didn't get
much of the
Lone Star State written up, but you can bet I will soon.
In the meantime, I have been back on the
Trail big-time! Though I love all of
American History, those old pioneers of the
American West are my passion. I'm almost ashamed to say that
it has taken me this long to to get up some pages on those all important
first owners of America - the
Americans. This is a huge undertaking and while you'll see the
website peppered with all kinds of new
history and legends now, you can bet, this will be ongoing for the next
is almost wrapped up. I finished all of
and got a few places to write about yet for
the old Santa Fe alignment in
and the end of the road in
but this project is just dang near done! Next month, I'll give you
a little news about the two books that will be coming out this summer.
I'm heading to
next week and really looking forward to it. Plan on seeing some
history and photographs of great
of the Silver
State next month.
If you're new to
America, we focus on
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
I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
New Additions to the Website
Fort Laramie - Crossroads to the West
Featured Book- Casino Camping
Ghost Towns Beyond Tucumcari, New Mexico
Coming Next Month:
The Ill-Fated Donner Party
Nevada Ghost Towns
A Coupla "New" Outlaws
New Additions to Legends of America
As I said,
Americans are the big topic this month and I've added up stories on
Indian Chiefs such as
Sitting Bull and more.
Then there's the wonderful
and Myths of Indian lore, great
wisdom, and a
American Timeline. And, lots more to come - stay tuned.
As I was on a hunt for information about the
Indians, I kept running into the old highways of the past -
Trail, so I added that up, as well as the
California Trail. Lots more to go on
Tales & Trails
of the American West. This will keep me busy for a while as I
Trail, the Morman Trail and discover the tales of those long ago
pioneers. Look forward to the story of the Donner Party coming
Finally, I made it up to
the home of the
Express, the house where
was killed and a really interesting quirky place - the
Glore Psychiatric Museum.
As promised, I've got a brand new FREE
Saloons of the Old West! This free
Saloon Screensaver features almost 100 vintage photographs of those
Last but not least, we're also
beginning to get a lot of
reading the website and the
so I've started a new section called
RV Tips, Tricks,
Travel Information. Here,
see articles on
Storing an RV, and more.
Before I hit the dusty trail, I just really
want to say thanks for all of you who send photographs, corrections and
updates to my many stories. Yup, now and then I goof up and get
some bad information from my sources, but I just love it when I hear the
real facts. In just the last two days, I've gotten updates on
California - a very intact
- a reportedly haunted
and the best news yet - someone has bought the old
Nest Lodge in
with plans of restoring the old place. Shoot, if my historical
ramblings can help to preserve history or clear up inaccuracies in
anyway whatsoever, then this website is a success. Thanks again to
What our readers are saying about Legends
Hell, I just got started and am all ready a
fan. Many thanks for your excellent work. Yup, I am a loyal fan of
"Deadwood." but I wondered too about such folks as the infamous
Francis Wolcott, among others. I even spent several hours yesterday
viewing all sorts of sites and links concerning George Hearst. Couldn't
find a thing about George sending Wolcott, but no doubt he did send his
Deadwood. - John
Thanks Kathy and you have a great website
I just read the biography on
Doc Holliday. I think it is remarkable, factual and worthy of
any history book! - "Doc" Mercer
American history & pre-history, and I REALLY love this site. I don't
think I have ever come upon so well done and informative a resource
anywhere on the internet. - Tad
Tell us what you think!
Featured Travel Destination
Laramie - Crossroads to the West
was located at the Crossroads of a Nation Moving West. In 1834, where
the Cheyenne and Arapaho traveled, traded and hunted, a fur trading post
was created. Though it was not a military fort at first, it was called
Fort William and soon became known as a place of safety, as settlers
moved across the continent. By the 1840s, wagon trains rested and
re-supplied here, bound for
In 1841, Fort John was constructed, replacing the
original wooden stockade of Fort William.
Constructed of adobe brick, Fort John stood on a bluff overlooking the
Laramie River. It was named for John Sarpy, a partner in the American
Fur Company, but was more commonly called
Laramie by employees and travelers.
Fort Laramie, the military
post, was founded in 1849 when the army purchased old Fort John for
$4000, and began to build a military outpost along the
Trail. For many years, the Plains
Indians and the travelers along the
Trail had coexisted peacefully. As the numbers of emigrants
increased, however, tensions between the two cultures began to develop.
It was here that
several treaties with the
Americans were debated, negotiated and signed. Alas, all of
them would be broken in the end.
is a National Monument and Historic site that preserves and interprets
one of America's most important locations in the history of westward
The site preserves a
19th-century United States military post, including 11 restored
buildings, such as "Old Bedlam," the post headquarters and officers'
quarters built in 1849; the cavalry barracks built in 1874; Sutler's
Store; a stone guardhouse; and a bakery. A museum exhibits artifacts of
the Northern Plains. The historic site, which encompasses 833 acres is
administered by the National Park Service.
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choose "Open in new window". It is so incredibly easy to take
content from a web page using other methods, that I wonder why folks ban
right clicking. - Barb
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others that have asked this question of me. I didn't do this to
keep people from taking information from the website, rather, my problem
was personal sites directly linking to my photographs, which uses my
bandwidth and throws of my tracking statistics.
The no "right-click" prevents them from
seeing the direct link to the photograph and that's about all it does,
because if someone wants the material or the photographs there are all
kinds of other ways of getting them.
Bandwith is the time that people spend on a
website or when my photographs are viewed on other people's
websites. So, it ends up costing me money for their
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Featured Guides and Books
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Bumper Sticker Wisdom
I want to die in my sleep like my
grandfather... Not screaming in terror like his passengers.
Okay, who stopped the payment on my reality
According to my calculations, the problem
Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri
- Definitely speaking to my sense of the
this museum displays four floors of oddities utilized to treat the
insane over the centuries. Identified as one of the 50 most
unusual museums in America,
Glore Psychiatric Museum in
a macabre collection of unsettling displays documenting the treatment of
the mentally ill. From a nineteenth-century dousing tank to an
exhibit of more than 1,000 metal objects removed from a patient's
stomach, you will no doubt come away from this interesting museum highly
enlightened and very glad you're not crazy (assuming that you’re not.)
Montana Testicle Festival -
Rock Creek Lodge just
outside of Clinton,
throws the world's largest testicle festival every fall attracting more
than 15,000 fans annually to its five day event. Tossing around
its motto, "I had a ball at the Testicle Festival," the festival feeds
over 2 ˝ tons of bull balls to its many hungry revelers. Not only
can you get a taste of these yummy delicious deep-fried bull's
testicles, but while you're there, you'll no doubt want to participate
in the bull-chip throwing contest, the wet t-shirt or hairy chest
competitions, and bull-shit bingo.
A wild couple of days, leave your children
at home as the event advertises "No kids, hassles or brought-in
beverages." All attendees must be 21 years of age - a fun time,
but not a family affair!.
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Ghost Towns Beyond Tucumcari, New Mexico
head west out of
Tucumcari on old
Route 66 on your way to
you'll come to three old
As you enter the
Montoya you will pass by an old boot hill cemetery on your left.
Montoya, once called Roundtree, primarily served the cattle
ranches of the area. An old store built of solid stone, that once
serviced the villagers still stands the test of time, rising above
the prairie today. Surrounding this old store are other relics of a
time long past - houses and ranch buildings of an earlier cattle trade.
Route 66 pushed through, more
services were made available to those early travelers including
Richardson's Store and Sinclair Station. Opening in 1925, this old
store continued to do business until the mid 1970s when its owner passed
Before long you'll come to the
ghost town of
that displays the faded remnants of an old Shamrock gas station and a
tavern once known as Carlo's place. Just beyond are several
falling down shacks and a broken up wooden train car. Then you see
what remains of Wilkerson's Store and Gulf Gas station, which survived
the I-40 bypass all the way up until 1989.
The next old town along this stretch
Cuervo, parts of which were
literally buried as I-40 cut a swath through the residential section of
the town. Dependent upon those travelers of the
Mother Road, the town
immediately began to die. On the south side of I-40 you can still
see a beautiful Catholic Church, an old school, old residences and
On the north side of I-40, where old
Route 66 runs, there is an old
abandoned gas station made from an old railroad car. Also here is
the falling down relic of the once popular Baptist Church, along with a
ghost farm and other abandoned buildings. The old combination post
office/grocery store sits at the end of the road.
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New Artwork From Tracy Teeter - Tracy
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pen-and-inks featured at the
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Tracy L. Teeter is an amazing self-taught
artist who applies her immense talents with pen and ink, pencil,
watercolor and colored pencil to primarily, subjects of animals
and Native Americans.
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