2nd Anniversary Edition
Summer's Here!! Let's trade in the black felt
for the straw and start doin' some traveling!
This last month saw me in
and just a little piece of
California. Dave, my fiancé and partner, has a "real job" that took him to a
convention. I tagged along for the "free" hotel room and the
opportunity to explore another piece of the west. Renting a car, I
hit the road, returning to
at the end of each day dusty and exhausted, and with little desire to
pass along any of my hard earned cash to the many casinos of
Riding along with me was another "free"
member of the team, my friend Amy Stark. Geared up with a brand
new camera, she was able to take some wonderful photographs of
at night. Check out the new
Las Vegas Photo Gallery.
Even though I was there in December, we made
another trip to the Grand Canyon because I wanted to see it while it was
warm. That was a "just barely" though, as the next day it snowed!!
It was warmer back here in Kansas City, and ohmagosh, I didn't pack for
that kind of weather.
All in all, however, it was a great trip and
you'll see lots of new photographs on our
pages as well as several new stories.
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
Las Vegas, New Mexico - More Wicked Than Dodge City
Featured Book- Mammoth Book of the West
Ghosts Of the West
Ghost Town - Goldpoint, NV - Waxing & Waning Through Time
Coming Next Month:
A lil' more of the
A Few New
complete end to end
New Additions to Legends of America
Well, of course you're going to see
some new places in
Not only did we visit several
which were some of the best I've ever been to, by the way, but I also
did the research on the history of
While taking a virtual tour, be sure to check out the new
Goldfield, as well as updates to
as well as
An interesting tidbit that we picked up while in
Eldorado Canyon where
is located, is supposedly haunted by canine spirits. The
locals call them the
Eldorado Canyon. Yup, we've got a lot of
stories on the website, but this is a first for
I also have been continuing my virtual
journey along the old trails of the
American West and have added up the
Trail, as well as
Cherokee Trail of Tears. Along the
Santa Fe Trail I "met" up with
Carson and an "old friend" --
Maxwell, owner of the
grant in U.S. history. While I had already written about
I ran across a story of an 1800's
Santa Fe Trail
Driver that wrote a story that provides some personal anecdotes about
Maxwell by a Santa Fe Trail Driver. Also see
of the Santa Fe Trail, which describes many of the pioneer
experiences along the old road, as well as
on the American Frontier, that describes the
life of the
cowboy in the nineteenth
While I was writing up
I also decided to add a little bit about
A little bit? No, as always, doing the research on a
West town takes me down all kinds of roads. Described as the
worst of the worst of the
presented all kinds of
outlaws including the
City Gang, who terrorized the city of
Las Vegas for two years,
beginning in 1879. I promised you last month more
outlaws, but ohmagosh, I
never thought I'd find this many in a small town in
You will now see not only members of the
Dodge City Gang, including
Las Vegas Justice of the
Hyman G. "Hoodoo Brown" Neill,
Dave" Mather, policeman
(J.J.) Webb, and hard case
Dave" Rudabaugh; but also
Billy the Kid. This whole
"bumping" into more stories, also led me to lawman
Sumner, which was the destination for the
Navajo Long Walk, led by
Kit Carson when the
Apache were forced onto the reservation in
Indians, I also ran into an
outlaw called the
who was said to have been the fiercest
As I continued to travel the
I couldn't help but to bump into the tragic story of the
Party stranded in the
Buffalo Bill Cody, the
Indians, as well as a "new" story written in 1897 about the
of the Buffalo.
Along another vintage path -- that of the
I finished up the end of the trail including
Monica which completes
ribbon of the
Mother Road. And backing
up just a piece, you'll now see another ghostly stretch of
near San Jon,
as well as the very old city of
still has a few gaps in
but you can plan on seeing those soon.
What our readers are saying about Legends
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I look forward to future newsletters. Thanks for the story!!
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site, great info. I love anything to do with the
and have vacationed at some of the spots you mention in the
Keep up the good work. Travel safe. Your site is awesome - Rob
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Featured Travel Destination
- Located on the edge
of the eastern plains of
at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is
Though not as well known as other
West towns, such as
is said to have been the worst of the worst of the
Created by a Mexican land grant in
Las Vegas became a
popular stop along the
Trail, as it was the first town of any size after 600 miles of
Tensions in the area became tight between the Anglos, the Mexicans and
Indians who roamed the land long before there was a settlement.
To add to an already distrustful environment, in came
outlaws, bunko artists,
murderers and thieves, becoming so common that the eastern part of
became utterly lawless.
It was during these notorious days of
history that the town was called home or visited
Billy the Kid,
Rattlesnake Sam, Cock-Eyed Frank, Web-Fingered Billy, Hook Nose Jim,
Stuttering Tom, Durango Kid, Handsome Harry the Dancehall Rustler,
and his gang, and Belle Sidons (alias Monte Verde).
To combat the lawlessness, vigilantes
soon formed in great numbers and hangings became common upon the town
Las Vegas settled down
into the sleepy little village that it is today. Though long past
Wild West days,
this historic town of some 15,000 souls is
lesser-known tourist destinations that provides an extremely rich
history with much to see and do.
Over 900 buildings in
Las Vegas are listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
With the old Spanish colonists and the European immigrants, the city
provides a myriad of architectural treasures that give
Las Vegas its special
Questions From Our Readers
I was wondering if there was a show about
this and where and when it would be on? Thanks, Mary
Answer: Don't I wish! I
think it would be a great idea and in the back of my mind, I secretly
hope that maybe someday there will be a TV show. But, right now,
there's just little ole' me and this great big website. Yes, I
have BIG dreams!
My husband and I are going to travel
next summer by means of motorcycle and camper. Is there anything
we should know before we set out? Is there plenty of campgrounds along
the way? Areas we should avoid? Thanks, Andrea and Barry
Answer: Good news Andrea and
Barry!! You asked the perfect question. The new book that I
have been writing on
is specifically for the
Due out in a couple of months, stay tuned and will give you information
on how to order the new book.
Featured Guides and Books
Book of the West by Jon E.
Jon E. Lewis vividly depicts the
pioneers, the onrush of the cattle barons, the coming of the lawmen and
the tragic demise of the Plains
Indians. Heroes and villains - including
Holliday, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,
Custer - are often revealed in startling new light, and a host of
minor characters are rescued from obscurity. One, the
gunfighter Walter J. Crow, killed more men in "gundowns' than
Billy the Kid,
Bill Hickok combined.
Bumper Sticker Wisdom
Change is inevitable, except from a vending
Forget about World Peace.....Visualize Using
Your Turn Signal!
I'm always like this. Why do you ask?
There are two kinds of drivers; those who
make dust & those who eat it.
the West - Along our travels, digging through history, we always
find "ghosts" of the past. Sometimes, these are just legends, at
other times, these places are actually haunted, as testified by many a
One of these places, is
the second oldest city in the United States. Here you will find
numerous restaurants, hotels and business in the Old Town area that have
a long history of hauntings. Visit the
Corner Inn or the
Mission of San Miguel for a peek at these ghostly spirits. At
Posada Hotel, the wife of the former owner reportedly loved
the place so much she never left. Nearby at the
Hotel, the it is said to be haunted by a number of spirits,
including a man killed in a gunfight and another who committed suicide.
sits one of the most haunted places in America - the
Goldfield Hotel. Though closed for more than fifty years, this old
place reportedly hosts a number of ghostly spirits, including its
original owner George Wingfield. Though there are several ghosts
that are said to haunt this historic building, the most famous is a
prostitute that Wingfield supposedly made pregnant and tied to a
radiator. When she gave birth, she was killed and her baby thrown
down a mine shaft.
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Look forward to a lil' more of the
State next month.
Nevada - Waxing & Waning Through Time - Absolutely one of the
towns I've ever been to,
is "off the track" and preserved extremely well by one of it's area
residents. Beginning as a mining town in 1902, like so many of the
of the West, it once supported supported 1,000 people along with
numerous businesses, including 13 saloons and 225 wood frame buildings.
Unfortunately, the town's original founders
didn't find the boomtown they had hoped for, as the silver found in the
beginning proved to be short lived.
However, in 1905, the Great Western Mine
Company began operations about a half mile southeast of
and before long, discovered a rich silver vein which brought a stampede
of miners back to the camp. In addition to the rich silver ore,
gold was also mined in limited quantities. Over the years, the
silver began to play out and most of
residents moved on.
Gold Point wasn't done, as a
miner found a rich discovery of gold in the Great Western Mine, which
once again revived the town in 1927. It was after this discovery
Gold Point enjoyed its longest
period of success, at a time that the rest of America was suffering from
But once again, the rich minerals would
begin to play out, though mining continued through the 1960s. In
1967, the post office closed forever, now standing as a testament to
this once flourishing town, seemingly frozen in time.
Today, the town is called home to only about
a dozen residents, who have privately restored and preserved the town.
During its heyday,
produced more than a million dollars in gold and silver, with the Great
Western Mine extracting more than $500,000 in gold.
Coupla Quirky Places To Check Out:
Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum, Plano, Texas
Tasty and Fanciful Pez Museum in Burlingame, California
Yaba-Daba-Doo - Bedrock City, Arizona
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