Ok, gang, I've been back from
Arizona for a couple of weeks, and ohmagosh, what a lot of material I picked up while I was there. Hope you
won’t be too bored with the
Grand Canyon State by the time I’m done. We
had a wild ride, ventured into some places we probably shouldn’t have,
miscalculated the time and necessities along the way, and still only got
into one argument during our drive over crusty desert and steep mountain
Ok, so, as the crow flies, from Nogales to Bisbee,
Arizona is probably about 50 miles. Even when you travel it the way
you’re "supposed to," per the many online map programs, taking good roads, it’s
only about 85 miles. Nah, let’s take the back roads, crawling right
along the Mexican border.
Now, I'm not saying it was a bad idea. We were just
ill-prepared. I just had to see these
ghost towns along this old,
what ended up being mostly dirt road (though our map didn't tell us that.)
ghost towns I saw, including
and Lochiel, before moving northeast,
and taking a rugged trip back into the
ghost town of
Sunnyside. Then, we made our way to the
Coronado National Memorial. Now, while this
Park has some great history and some
great views, there isn't much else. What did I expect to see -- Coronado's
old tent? It IS a memorial, not a historic site, for goodness sake!
Anyway, by the time we got to the
visitor's center, we had been on the road some six hours, with only two
bottles of water and a yukky tuna sandwich from a grocery store in
Patagonia hours before.
Unfortunately, by the time we
reached Bisbee, our tempers were short and we didn't enjoy this old
mining town nearly as much as we should have.
What we DID get was an adventure! Looking
back, we can laugh about it -- he haw. But, at the moment, it was a
bit scary. So, along this remote piece of dirt, we see no less than 10
border patrol trucks. We also spy lots of jugs of water sitting next to
or near the road. Why, I ask? Dave informs me that these are left for the illegals - too many of them have died in the desert crossing.
Oh, ok. The day before, on our way to
Nogales, again on a winding dirt road, we had come across a "flock" of
them, running through a grassy field and quickly squatting down as our
Inevitably, we got stopped by the Border
Patrol. An SUV on these back roads is suspect -- could be hiding all
kinds "things" in the back. I assumed this meant illegal aliens. Hmmm,
we quickly found out that there's more. Evidently, not only do these old
trails harbor illegal aliens, but also a bevy of drug traffickers. Mr.
Border Patrol informs us that there's few "legitimate" people who travel
these back roads for fear of running into these drug runners. In any
event, these two touristy folks, me, complete with cowboy hat and
ghost town guide book, were allowed to pass. This was just one day on our week
long adventure. To see the day by day events, check out the
In the meantime, I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
Travel Destination - Virginia City, Montana
The Old West
- The Dalton Gang
Featured Book -
All American Cowboy Grill
Mysteries - The Legend of La Llorona
People are more
passionately opposed to wearing fur than leather because it's safer to
harass rich women than bikers.
bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.
If you try to fail and
succeed, which have you done?
New Additions to Legends of
Well, for better or worse, the vast majority
of "what's new" is
Though a lot of people "bag"
because it's no longer an "authentic"
ghost town or because it's too
commercial, it was exactly as I expected it to be and I loved it!!
For "commercial," it's one of the best, and we had a lot of fun in those
saloons, museums and shops. In any event, I can't walk
place like that without being flooded with visions from a century ago,
and the many people that once strolled those dusty streets. Check out some
of these characters, such as Nellie
Cashman, who was one of the first female entrepreneurs of the west, as
well as an "Angel of Mercy;"
John Heath who masterminded the
Bisbee Massacre and was hanged by
William Breckenridge, the Cochise County Deputy Sheriff under
first marshal who was killed by
"Curly Bill" Brocius;
and last but not least -- of course,
While delving into all these folks' history,
I keep running into actual accounts written in the 19th century -
newspaper articles, legal testimony, etc. So, you'll also see
Tombstone Historical Text, which provides an interesting view of how
"they saw it then."
These excerpts are just part of a growing list of
Historical Text, which is
becoming massive with new
"actual accounts" daily, as well as additions that have been on the
website for a while. Check out the new newspaper articles on the
Dalton Gang Raid in Coffeyville,
Of course, we "bumped" into some ghosts in
Well, not really, but intrigued with the many stories, we vastly
article. Last, but not least, on the
front, was a major expansion of our
Tombstone Gallery. What used to be
just vintage photos of
has now been expanded to include current photos, as well as the history
of these historic building.
You'll also find a fascinating tale of
and Murder in Ruby, Arizona, and a tour along the
Trail which passes
a once thriving mining district and includes the
Oh, and there's plenty more, I just gotta
I did sneak in just a couple of non-Arizona
items. See the infamous
in 1894. And, also take a look at the many
battles that were fought in
Missouri . Because the "Show-Me-State"
was "on the fence" as to whether it was pledging pro or anti-slavery,
its battles were fought primarily within its own state lines, pitting
neighbor against neighbor.
In the end, the
divided state suffered the third largest number of engagements during
the war at 1,162. Only Virginia and Tennessee had more. When it
Missouri lost 27,000 of
its valiant sons. See the
Control Missouri Campaign of the Civil War.
Last, but not least, I've been inundated by
what I call
Postcard-O-Mania. What that means is that I bought about 300
sitting on probably 2,000 and am working on buying out an estate of
almost 6,000. Just call me
postcard girl. Anywho, there's a bunch
already and a whole lot more comin'!!
Ok, I gotta get back to finishing up
Texas is on the
horizon for next month!
Did you know?......
Current maps do not include old
Route 66. The last stretch of the road disappeared from "official” maps in 1984.
The old round barn in
Arcadia, Oklahoma is the most famous and most often photographed barn on Route 66.
85% of old Route 66
is still drivable.
In 1984 Route 66 was officially decommissioned as a federal highway.
However, daily use of the road had been gradually replaced in earlier
years by the Interstates. The road was decommissioned due to public demand for better transportation as the old road deteriorated after World War II.
Featured Travel Destination
Virginia City - A Lively Ghost
of going somewhere cooler? Visit
is very much alive. Frozen in time, this historic city
of the best-preserved examples of the many mining camps of the
Perched high in the Rocky Mountains in a bowl along Alder Gulch,
Virginia City got its start when gold was discovered
on May 26, 1863. It all began when six prospectors were camped
along a small stream shaded by alder trees. Thomas Cover, Henry
Edgar, Barney Hughes, William Fairweather, Henry Rodgers and Bill
Sweeney were randomly searching the hills when Fairweather and Edgar
decided to prospect a rim rock. As the pair were working
in the creek, Edgar began to find small amounts of gold in his pan. The others soon joined him and by evening, all of them had found
enough of the precious metal to know they had made an important
Within a year, some
10,000 people were living in a number of mining camps lining the Alder Gulch and
in 1864, Congress created the new territory of
separating it from
Territory. Just a year later,
stole the state capitol site from nearby
Like other mining camps,
especially with its vast amounts of gold traveling the trails, was
outlaws. Road Agents were rampant in the area, one of which
was called the Innocents and led by none other than the County Sheriff
Plummer. Vigilantes ended up hanging the man, but historians of
today believe that it was the
vigilantes themselves, who were behind the
rampant crime wave.
In the end,
died a quick death when the mining played out. The capitol was moved to
Helena and the city lay mostly abandoned. However, today this old mining
camp has been preserved. More than 200 historic buildings continue to
stand, inviting some 70,000 tourist each year to events, museums, shops,
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The Old West
The Dalton Gang
The Dalton Gang has been
exterminated -- wiped off the face
of the earth. --
News, October 6, 1892
Amazingly, the leaders of this group,
Grat Dalton started
out serving on the "right" side of the law, following in older brother
Frank Dalton's footsteps.
Frank, who was commissioned a
Deputy Marshal for the federal court in
often asked his brothers to help him in pursuing
posse rides. When
was killed in a gun battle with the Smith-Dixon Gang,
Dalton took his place as a
Deputy Marshal in 1889. Bob soon followed, working for the federal
court in Wichita,
For a short time, the brothers served with distinction on the side of
the law. But, a narrow
margin separated the lawless from the law enforcers during those rough
times. Slipping from one side to the other,
along with his brother
were charged with selling whiskey in the Osage Nation on March 21,
1890. Jumping bail, they soon became fugitives and obviously decided
that small crimes, such as selling whiskey, just wasn't enough.
After rounding up a number of other
lawless elements, the likes of
"Bitter Creek" Newcomb,
"Blackfaced Charlie" Bryant,
"Texas Jack" Broadwell,
Bill Doolin, and others, they began a
robbery spree in
Oklahoma that would last until the final attempt in
Netting thousands of dollars from their
multiple bank and train robberies, the
outlaws gained fame across the
nation as their exploits were told in hundreds of newspapers. Whether
they got greedy or were looking for yet more fame is unknown, but
their final robbery was to be their biggest yet - robbing two banks
and the same time in Coffeyville,
In early October, 1892, brothers
Bill Power and
set out towards Coffeyville. Arriving on the night before, they made
camp four miles west of town and on the morning of October 5th descended
upon Coffeyville in disguises. They divided into two groups, with
Broadwell entering the C.M. Condon & Co. Bank, and
crossing the plaza to enter the First National Bank.
outlaws' ruse to disguise themselves
failed, and within minutes, word was on the street of the attempted
robberies. Next thing you know bullets are flying into the banks from the
locals and an all out
gunfight was on. Less than fifteen minutes after the
entered the banks, eight men
were dead and three were wounded. Killed were
Bill Power and
Though suffering some 23 gunshots,
Emmett Dalton amazingly survived to be
sent to prison. In addition to the bandit deaths, local men
Marshal Charles Connelly,
George Cubine, and Charles Brown lay dead.
Billy the Kid was born in New
York City on September 17, 1859.
Harry Longabaugh became known as "the
because he served a jail term for horse stealing in Sundance,
the most active
gunfighting state, with some 160 shoot-outs from the
1850's through the 1890's.
One out of 17 emigrants on the
would not survive the trip.
The most common
cause of death was cholera.
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the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been
poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you
find that money can not be eaten. -- Cree Indian Prophecy
The quickest way
to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your
If you find
yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
Ghosts & Mysteries
- The Weeping Woman of the Southwest
(pronounced "LAH yoh ROH nah"), Spanish for the "Weeping Woman," has been a
part of Hispanic culture in the Southwest since the days of the
conquistadores. The tall, thin spirit is said to be blessed with
natural beauty and long flowing black hair. Wearing a white gown,
she roams the rivers and creeks, wailing into the night and searching for
children to drag, screaming, to a watery grave.
one really knows when the legend of
began or, from where it originated. Though the tales vary from
source to source, the one common thread is that she is the spirit is of a
doomed mother who drowned her children and now spends eternity searching
for them in rivers and lakes.
The stories vary in the telling, with some saying that the
beautiful woman, who was allegedly named Maria, killed her children, while
others say that they drowned when she was not paying attention. In either
case, she evidently mourned them day and night, refusing to eat and walking
along the river in her white gown
searching for her boys -- hoping they would come back to her. Crying endlessly as she roamed the riverbanks, her gown became
soiled and torn. As she continued to refuse to eat, she grew
thinner and appeared taller until she looked like a walking skeleton. Still a young woman, she finally died on the banks of the river.
In addition to our story on
you will also see a number of interesting tales from our readers
Before I started writing about
New Mexico, I had
never heard this legend, but in the Southwest, virtually anyone you talk to has
heard of her. More interesting, I ran into a number of folks who don't believe
in ghosts, but do believe in
Hmmm. The legend has perpetuated itself through the centuries by parents
attempting to control their unruly children.
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