Legends of America Celebrates 13
Ya'll - How's it going? Can you believe it?? 13 years I've been at this.
Haven't stayed at a single job that long in my life, but, then ..... never
had a "job" I loved like I do this.
So, I get thinkin' how this all started. Some of
you may have heard all this -- so just yawn and move on, but, for those that
haven't, I started to write a book about this place in New Mexico that was
special to me-- the Moreno Valley in the mountains of northeast New Mexico.
About the time I got it done, an almost identical book came out. Ho, Hum,
what now? So I talk to my publisher and he says -- start a website, that's
the future for writing.
But, but, but.... I dunno how. I figured it
out over time and what started out as a hobby turned into my life. Six years
later, Dave came aboard full-time and we've been traveling through history
So, in my trip down memory lane I think about
some of those first stories that I wrote so long ago. There is a fascinating
history in that area of little known people and places. Ever heard of the
Maxwell Land Grant -- largest land grant in the history of the U.S. This
story ends up culminating in what was called the Colfax County War.
And, in just these two stories, I see quickly
how this whole thing develops. As I'm researching, I just keep "bumping into
things," so what starts out as one article ends up being dozens. So, to
write about the land grant, I need to write about Kit Carson,
Elizabethtown and Cimarron, New Mexico. Cimarron is on the
Santa Fe Trail, so gotta write about that. Elizabethtown is a ghost town, so gotta
write about that, and because ghost towns are my favorite, then I gotta
write about lots of them. Elizabethtown was frequented by gunfighter Clay
Allison and train robber, Thomas "Black Jack" Ketchum -- more writing.
I'm talking to some locals and I find out
about the legend of La Llorona, a ghost that walks the river, and a serial
killer named Charles Kennedy.
And, that's how it goes and has gone ever
since. I still love it! Next month takes us on a new adventure to Minnesota.
Though it's not that far from here, I haven't spent time there and am
looking forward to roaming the state so stay tuned for lots more stories
Hope this letter finds you and yours very
well and you continue to follow our tales and travels.
Until next time, Kathy Weiser-Alexander