3rd Anniversary Edition
Pardners! I'm writin' from the road, sitting in a condo
overlooking the beautiful
Valley in northeast
New Mexico. We have already moved through
where we did a little family stuff before making our way here. Got
hitched on Monday night so I'm officially on my honeymoon!!
Figured, I better get this out to all before
we get too far into our 14 day trip, or you wouldn't see a June
There's more good news for this month too!!
Legends of America
is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary. Believe it or not, we've been out
there for 36 whole months. Seems like a blur to me, but I think
we've finally got enough of a niche, that we're here to stay!
In honor of our birthday, we're doing a
"best of the best" from the last three years. Looking into all of our
past newsletters, you'll see some of the articles that our readers found
to be their favorites.
Unfortunately for any of you who might be
making orders from our
Legends' General Store, the whole "staff" (me and Dave) are
out, and we ain't carrying all that inventory with us, so your orders
may be delayed.
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.
In the meantime, I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
Featured Travel Destination
The Old West
Route 66 Festival
Ghosts & Mysteries
New Additions to Legends of
Well, though we've been pretty busy getting
ready for the trip and the wedding, you'll still see quite a bit of new
material this month, the largest of which, are these comprehensive lists
People. With plans to have the most complete lists on the Web Wide
World, you see a good start on Old West
Vigilantes, which includes
Missouri Bald Knobbers,
Montana Vigilantes, the
San Francisco Vigilantes of 1851 and
Vigilantes of 1856, the
Shelby County, Texas Regulators, and more
Texas Vigilantes. You'll also see
Complete List of Old West Outlaws, which will never probably
completely complet, but there's a bunch of 'em.
Then there's even more lists of
personalities, on these lists:
Blazers & Cowboys, and
These lists are a ongoing work in progress, as the names grow every day,
so check back often.
We've also added the new
Travel Center where you will find booking services
for anything from airfare, to last minute trips, hotel deals,
dude ranch vacations, campgrounds, Caribbean cruises, and more without
ever leaving Legends of
For more on the
Old West Photo Gallery, which includes scenes
from gold miners, to
and trains. Also check out one of the greatest lawmen who lived during
West days in
Marshal Bass Reeves.
American pages have been updated with the
tribes, as well the first Plains Indian War - the
Finally, here a couple of historic sites to
see - The
Black Hills of South Dakota and
National Historic Site in LaJunta, Colorado.
Guess I better mosey on! Until next
month, Happy Travels!!
When Thomas Jefferson sent
Clark on their journey of the West, he believed that
prehistoric animals still lived in the unexplored regions.
In the days of
saw shootings almost daily, such as the wild gunfight in a local bar
when one gunman refused the drink of another. Another gunfight
occurred when one drunken
rode his horse atop a pool table.
Nothing gets me in the mood like a man doing
The phrase you're groping for is "yes,
I'm the boss, my wife said I could
Featured Travel Destination
One of the most popular "haunted"
destinations that we've ever visited from September, 2004
The Haunted Lemp Mansion in St Louis, Missouri
Said to be one of the
ten most haunted places in America, the
Mansion in St. Louis,
continues to play host to the tragic Lemp family. Over the years,
the mansion was transformed from the stately home of millionaires, to
office space, decaying into a run-down boarding house, and finally
restored to its current status as a Bed and Breakfast Inn and Dinner
The Lemp family built a
fortune in the late 1800s with a large brewery in
However, over the years, the patriarch of the family, as well as
three of his children, would take their own lives with a gun.
Today, it is said that apparitions are seen
within the old mansion, voices are heard,
glasses will often lift
off the bar and fly into the air by themselves, and numerous other
strange events occur with regularity.
We recently heard from one of our readers
who stayed at the
but insists that he and his wife were so disturbed by some of the
spiritual shenanigans that they will not return.
The Old West
Probably our most popular newsletter article
ever appeared in November, 2004.
Old West Words & Phrases - What in the
world is a
crowbait, or a
hoosegow? What about a
pecker pole, a
curly wolf, or a
What would you rather be? -- "roostered"
snakes?" Well, depending on your point of view, you might want
to be both! When is a
coffee boiler not something to make coffee in? When you're in
West!! Back then, a shirker or a lazy person was often called
Boiler," 'cuz they'd rather sit around the coffee pot than pitch in
Are you ever watching an old western
or maybe reading an
Old West book, and just can't
figure out what in the world they're talkin' about. Then you go
look it up in a dictionary and, of course, it isn't there? Well,
we've compiled a whole list of these old time words, so now you'll know.
You know, the weirdest thing is, I
grew up in West
I was using a lot of these words when I was "between
the hay and the grass," and
many of them, I continue to use today. Now,
I'm either showin' my age, or perhaps just ignorance, but geez, I sure
already knew what a lot of those words meant.
Come to think of it, back when I was working
in New York City here a few years back, I now understand why those folks
didn't think I was "cuttin'
too much of a swell" when I first met them. Shoot, they'd come
into my office and ask me to go to lunch maybe, and I'd say somethin'
to finish this up, I'll be there
directly." Then, they'd just stand there with a look of "shindy"
on their face and "shin
out." I'd go meet them for lunch and they'd be long gone.
Well, I "pulled
in my horns" and didn't "take
on" about it, and after a time they began to "cotton
to" me. Ended up working in "the
old states" for about eight months.
Real Wild West, by Michael Wallis
Although not as renowned as
Bill Cody, Joseph Miller and his brothers were in many ways as
impressive as impresarios. Their Wild West shows, which competed with
show and the Ringling Brothers' circuses, featured talent like Will
Rogers and Tom Mix and significantly influenced American mass
entertainment. In The Real Wild West, Michael Wallis makes a case
that the Millers didn't just invent the romantic West but lived it as
Evidently I'm not the only one who is
inexplicably drawn to graveyards, as this little piece drew a lot of
attention in February of last year.
- Outdoor Museums of the Forgotten Past -
is it about old
that inexplicably draw me to them? Is it my inherent nostalgic
way, sense of history, the monuments themselves, or simple curiosity?
Flying down a winding
road in the Ozarks, I glimpse from the corner of my eye a headstone
peeking through the trees. The truck comes to a screeching halt,
making a swift u-turn in the middle of the highway, almost mindless to
Parked at the side of road, I sit quietly studying the old graveyard.
Several crumbling headstones rise from overgrown weeds and grass, all
but obliterating the memory of those long past. I curse the fact I
havenít brought along my camera. The obsession to take pictures of
these timeless monuments is as strong as the need to stop.
an early spring morning, and my jeans are quickly soaked by the morning
dew of the tall grasses surrounding the burial place. I pass a
small sign: "Kreizel Family.Ē I know some people in the area by
that name. Are these long forgotten pioneers somehow related?
In the small graveyard, there are about ten headstones bearing the faint
marks of those living more than a century ago. I can see from the
dates that they lived through the time of the Civil War when this part
was a war-torn battlefield. Who were these people? What
stories would they tell of their lives, their families, their hopes and
their dreams? I look at my watch; an hour has passed as Iíve
contemplated these unknown faces.
I have another obsessive
desire to make headstone rubbings. You know, the process where you
place a piece of paper against the headstone and rub a soft lead pencil
or crayon against the engraving. Though, I have not resorted to
headstone rubbings as of yet, these too, will no doubt, become a part of
the graveyard fascination at some point in time. But, what will I
do with these these rubbings? Hang
Hollidayís epitaph upon my living room wall, place
Hickokís engraving in a scrap book, or more likely, let them pile up
in the basement with a growing collection of old bottles, magazines and
other memorabilia from lives lived decades ago? This obsession is
getting out of hand.
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust, Iím just sure that I
will somehow find a hidden secret in these historic and often dignified
reminders of our past. Carvings and epitaphs tell me a bit about a
person that might otherwise not be remembered. These people
existed, they were once vibrant and alive with wives and husbands that
cared for them, children they doted upon, and they lived through
ordinary every day struggles as we do, feeling sorrow and happiness
during their lifetimes.
Now, they are but a name
on a headstone, if the monument has survived. But, at least for a
moment, they are thought of, if unknown, in the minds of the many like
me who are drawn to these outdoor history museums.
What our readers are saying about Legends
couldn't help but notice, that it was YOU that took all those
excellent photos! And Time Magazine, doesn't employ you as a
staff photographer....why? What's
wrong with those guys? Your
photos, are just-flat awesome.
Paul, June, 2006
I sent your link to about 40 friends,
they are all reporting on how much they love the site, and how they are
using it for their historical research, photos and genealogical work.
It is really a good site, and you have a great eye for photos.
Thanks for all your hard work. Pat, Pahrump, NV, June, 2006
Hi, I've recently been
Deadwood and it brought on an interest of that era. I just wanted to
thank you for the great website and information. I look forward to
exploring all the links, it seems to bring the old west to life :)
Paul Lambert Charlotte, NC, June 2006
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Albuquerque Route 66 Festival - Next weekend!! Planning on
being there? There's lots of stuff going on like a car show, a
neon cruise, music and entertainment, lots of
vendors, and more. If you're going to be there look for me in my
cowboy hat on Saturday, I'll be running around there somewhere.
For more information on the festival
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With a history dating back some 12,000
is a mecca for not only
buffs, but for anyone who loves history. Providing a number of
attractions such as
Sandia Peak Tramway
with its awe-inspiring overview of the city, the
Cultural Center, the
and much more. For
enthusiasts, a trip down Central Avenue at night
is a trip back through time, as you
view the numerous neon lights sparkling along
Back in the 1950's there were more than
100 motels on
Central Avenue and in the summer, it was hard to find an open room.
Many of these vintage
Route 66 can
still be seen such as the De Anza Motel,
the Royal Motor Inn, the Town Lodge Motel, and the Aztec Motel, all
built in the 1930's. Check out Nob Hill, built in 1936-47, and the
Lobo Theater and Lobo Pharmacy & Bookstore (originally Barber's El
Rancho Market), both built in the 1930's.
Downtown, there are
several buildings that were highlights in the 1940s and 50s era,
including the Sunshine Building (built in 1923-24), the First National
Bank Building (1922), the Rosenwald Building (1910), and the
KiMo Theater (1927). Other sites west of Old Town include Lindy's
Restaurant (1929), Maisel's (circa 1940), and the El Vado Motel (1937).
Continuing your journey, head north on I-25, take the Algodones exit and
return south via NM Highway 313. Original
Route 66 is now Fourth Street, Isleta Boulevard, and
New Mexico Highway 314.
Maybe I'll see you there!
A woman living in a rural area
wanted to have an
that wouldn't stink. She advertised it in the local papers for a
contractor that could build such a structure.
After some time, a contractor
applied for the job and guaranteed that the
would not have any odor. He got the job.
Sometime after completing the
construction, the man got a frantic call from the woman, "You'd better
get here fast! That
has a terrible smell!"
He rushed over, went to the
poked his head through the door and exclaimed,
"No wonder it stinks! You pooped in it!"
Ghosts & Mysteries
One of the best ghost stories of the
and one of our most popular pages on the website -
Llorona from October, 2004.
Llorona - The Weeping Woman of the Southwest - The legend of
Llorona (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.
No one really knows when the legend of
La Llorona began or,
from where it originated. Though the tales vary from source to
source, the one common thread is that the spirit is of a doomed mother,
who drowned her children long ago, now spends eternity searching for
them in rivers and lakes.
After we wrote our version of
Llorona, we have since heard other
versions from our readers. Check out Nisi's
version of La Llorona in California
Woman story in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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