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July, 2011


Our First GardenFrom Dave's Corner - Kathy and I finally got around to planting a garden behind the garage, but we put it in pretty late (early June). Who knew that Mother Nature, who blessed us with almost endless rain during May, would decide to heat things up so much in June and July. Here lately it's been day after day of upper 90's and low 100's for highs, and although storms have skirted around us, only a few drops here at Fort Alexander.

Oh well, I've been told that you can over water tomatoes anyway. We are also trying our hand at strawberries, zucchini, squash, peppers, and cucumbers, which I now realize need much more room than we gave them. This was a practice garden for us this year, and hopefully next spring we will have it better planned, or at least keep the cucumbers from choking out the tomatoes.

Kathy and I did have a chance to do a short trip over to Northeast Kansas back in June. After traveling to see our friends Dave and Tim Cattelino, owners of Roundabout Publications, at their home on Linn Valley Lake, we found a very "in-direct" route to Lawrence, stumbling upon a couple of fascinating things along the way, like the Potawatomi Trail of Death. We had heard of the Cherokee Trail of Tears, but, not much about the Trail of Death, so Kathy started digging deep, which of course lead to several additions to the website (see New Additions below).

We also ran into a small, but historic cemetery right outside of Lone Star, Kansas, which was involved in the Kansas-Missouri Border War.  

We had our trusty companion Kaydee Dog with us of course, and as usual we let her out to roam while looking over all the old grave stones. Now, I must say, since we have had Kaydee Dog for just over a year now, she's gotten a lot better about minding us. However, I've found there are certain things you just can't corral her on. Getting her under control when she finds an interesting new animal is a major chore.


This cemetery just happened to be next to a home which, unfortunately for us, had a chicken coop. It wasn't long before Kaydee Dog discovered them and off we went on a fantastical chase. Me running after Kaydee screaming "STOP", the poor gal that owns the house jumping out of her pool, running after me, screaming "NO," and Kaydee Dog running at full speed, round and round the coop, barking "CHICKEN TREAT!"


Luckily, for us, the home owners guard dogs weren't on the ball that day.

That's not the only time Kaydee has led me on chases. I was the joke of the neighborhood for a while after chasing her around a neighbors house at 6:30 in the morning as she barked her fool head off at them sitting on their deck. I guess it was quite comical. Meanwhile, over the past year I have lost 15 pounds, and I suspect a lot of that loss has come due to the dog.  

When we aren't gardening, or chasing Kaydee, we are busy with Legends Of America. One of our big projects this year was to remodel our Photo Print Shop, and I'm glad to say it's almost complete. You can get a sneak peak by going to the new Legends Photo Print Shop, and be sure to take advantage of this months Newsletter Special, 15% off everything in the new Photo Print Shop. Just use coupon code "newsletter" during checkout, but be sure you are in the right store, as we will leave up our old Print Shop for a while during the transition. Go to photos.legendsofamerica.com for all the new stuff and special discounts.

In the meantime, enjoy the newsletter.

  Dave Alexander - Owner/Dog Catcher and butt of neighborhood snickers.  




In this Edition: 


New Additions & Feature Stories


Featured Travel Destination


The Old West


Notes From Legends' General Store


Featured Product - Herbal Remedies


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Kaydee Dog tired after the chase
Kaydee Dog says "All this chasing wear's a poor dog out"

New Additions and Feature Stories


It begins simple enough. Kathy will add a story, or maybe even a new product to Legends Of America, and then it leads to all kinds of other stories, which leads to much less time in the garden. There were times over the past couple of months I didn't see a lot of Kathy, as she found a new line of products to sell - Herbal Remedies! This led to quite a few new stories, including;


Native American Medicine - The healing traditions of Native Americans go back for thousands of years, as the many indigenous tribes of North America learned that by mixing herbs, roots, and other natural plants, that they could heal various medical problems. But, remedies were not the only part of the Native American healing process.

Medicine According to Cherokee Legend - The Old Ones say that at one time all of Creation spoke the same language. The plants could communicate with the finned ones, the four-leggeds could speak with the trees, the stones could talk with the wind, and even the most dependent, most pitiful part of creation, the two-leggeds, or as we have come to call ourselves, the humans, could also speak with the other parts of creation.


Native American and Other Ancient Remedies - For thousands of years Native Americans have used herbs to, not only heal the body, but, also to purify the spirit and bring balance into their lives and their surroundings. Oral traditions indicate that they learned about the healing powers of herbs and other plants by watching sick animals.


Kickapoo Indian MedicinePatent Medicine & the Popular Medicine Show - In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, “patent medicine” became very popular for a variety of aches, ailments, and diseases. Often sold by traveling sales people in what became known as “medicine shows,” these many decoctions were often sold with colorful names and even more colorful claims.

Herbs, Plants & Healing Properties - People on all continents have used thousands of indigenous plants for treatment of ailments since prehistoric times. By watching animals, these ancient peoples learned what herbs and plants would work for various conditions. The use of plants as medicines predates written human history; but, the earliest archeological evidence indicates that a 60,000 year-old Neanderthal burial site yielded large amounts of pollen from plants that were later known to have been used in herbal remedies.


Don't worry, she didn't spend all her time among the plants and elixirs. Kathy also added up stories about Ancient & Modern Pueblos - Oldest Cites in the U.S. - Situated throughout the west are dozens of historic pueblos, some of which date back for centuries. This led to a story about The Great Pueblo Revolt - In August, 1680, several combined pueblos revolted and drove out the Spanish from New Mexico.


You'll also find new additions on The Plains Indians - Surviving With the Buffalo. As mentioned previously, our quick trip to Northeast Kansas led to the story of the Potawatomi Trail of Death - In September, 1838, 859 Potawatomi Indians were forced from their homeland near Plymouth, Indiana and made to march 660 miles to present-day Osawatomie, Kansas. This of course sparked other stories, including Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny - The expansion of the United States into the territory west of the Mississippi River, Indian Removal Act of 1830, and Pushing the Indians Westward.


Of course, it wasn't all Native American's and herbs. Kathy also wrote up new stories on some American Characters, including;


Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson - Dominating American Politics - The 7th President of the United States, he also served as the military governor of pre-admission Florida and commander of the American forces at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Dominating American politics in the 1820's and 1830's, Jackson helped to shape the Democratic Party.


Bud Ballew - Gunfighter & Lawman of Oklahoma - Though not nearly as well known as other Oklahomalawmen, such as Heck Thomas or Bill Tilghman, Bud Ballew was just as colorful and respected as both a gunfighter and lawman.


Fredrick Tecumseh "Fred" Waite (1853-1895)And finally, Fred Waite - Chickasaw Outlaw Turned Politician - A Chickasaw Indian, Waite was a short-time member of Billy the Kid's Gang and gunfighter for the Regulators during the Lincoln County War. Later; however, he would serve as a lawman and prominent politician.

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The Grand Canyon, December, 2005, David AlexanderGrand Canyon - One of Seven Wonders - One of the oldest National Parks in the nation, the Grand Canyon National Park’s great chasm, carved over millennia, is one of the major natural wonders of the world. With its awe inspiring views, turbulent Colorado River, numerous hiking trails, and recreational opportunities, the park is visited by more than 5 million tourists each year.

An extensive system of tributary canyons, the National Park covers more 1,900 square miles, with the canyon itself being 217 miles long, one mile deep, and its width varying from 4 to 18 miles.

The history of people within the canyon stretches back 10,500 years when the first evidence for human presence in the area has been documented. Native Americans have been living at or near the Grand Canyon for at least the last 4,000 of those years, the first of which were the Anasazi.


These ancient Indians inhabited the rim and inner canyon, surviving by hunting and gathering along with some limited agriculture. Later the Cohonina tribe lived west of what is now the current site of Grand Canyon Village. However by the late 13th century, both tribes had moved on, most likely due to drought.

For approximately one hundred years the canyon area was uninhabited by humans. Paiute from the east and Cerbat from the west were the first humans to reestablish settlements in and around the Grand Canyon. The Paiute settled the plateaus north of the Colorado River and the Cerbat built their communities south of the river, on the Coconino Plateau. Sometime in the 15th century the Navajo, or the Dine, arrived in the area.

The first documented case of Europeans viewing the Grand Canyon occurred in September of 1540. That year Hopi guides led a group of 13 Spanish soldiers under Captain Garcia Lopez de Cardenas to find the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola for his superior officer, the conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado.

The group arrived at South Rim of the Grand Canyon between Desert View and Moran Point and saw a river below. Pablo de Melgrossa, Juan Galeras and a third soldier descended one third of the way into the Canyon until they were forced to return because of lack of water. It is speculated that their Hopi guides must have been reluctant to lead them to the river, as they surely knew the route to the canyon floor.

Failing in their attempts to find gold, the Spaniards soon left the area and it would be more than two centuries before it was once again visited by Europeans.

In 1776, Fathers Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante traveled with a group of Spanish soldiers to explore southern Utah. One their journey the group traveled along the North Rim of the Canyon in Glen and Marble Canyons in search of a route from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Monterey, California.


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mean cowboyMaybe it's the heat, or maybe I'm getting more cantankerous as I get older, but one things for sure, there are some out there that really try to get under my skin. Problem is, I never seem to have a good comeback. So I was glad to know Kathy had me covered in our Old West pages with some good ol' Old West Insults.




He was mad enough to swallow a horn-toad backwards.

He's so mean he'd steal a fly from a blind spider.

He was so mean, he'd fight a rattler and give him the first bite.

He was mean enough to steal a coin off a dead man's eyes.

He made an ordinary fight look like a prayer meetin'.

When I'm done with you, there won't be enough left of you to snore.

He was mad enough to swallow a horn-toad backwards.

He was mean enough to eat off the same plate with a snake.

He was so mad he could bite himself.

He's so mean he'd steal a fly from a blind spider.

It was so dry the bushes followed the dogs around.

He's so mean, he'd fight a rattler and give him the first bite.

He's mean enough to eat off the same plate with a snake.

When I'm done with you, there won't be enough left of you to snore.

He was mean enough to hunt bears with a hickory switch.




He was uglier than a new-sheared sheep.

He has teeth so crooked he could eat corn on the cob through a picket fence.

His face was puckered like wet sheepskin before a hot fire.

Her face looks like a dime's worth of dog meat.

He was ugly as a burnt boot.

He was so ugly he had to sneak up on a dipper to get a drink of water.

He looked like the hindquarters of bad luck.

His lip hangs down like a blacksmith's apron.

She's so ugly, she could back a buzzard off a gut-wagon.

He looks so bad his ears flop.

She's so ugly, she'd make a freight train take a dirt road!

He's as ugly as homemade sin.

She's so ugly she could bluff a buzzard off a meat wagon.




He was crazy enough to eat the devil with horns on.

He's kinda off his mental reservation.

His intelligence shore ain't at this camp.

He's as crazy as popcorn on a hot stove.

He is as crazy as a sheepherder.

Somebody stole his rudder.

He's crazier than a run over coon.

He's studying to be a half wit.



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What you have done with this website is simply wonderful, I love to read about the old west and all the heroes and gunfighters the Native Americans. It is our heritage and how we grew up as a nation, It will live forever and no one can take it away from us. Legends of America, God Bless you all for what you have done for us. I hope your website lives forever. My wife and I send you the love of God. Stan & Pat Carpenter - Illinois


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Wanted to say that I have been receiving your newsletters for some time now, and still love to read the great Old West stories. They are truly amazing stories. Please keep-up the great work. Hope you both will enjoy your time in your garden for the Spring and Summer months of 2011. Will be waiting for the next amazing newsletter. Thank you so very much! Ann B - Virginia




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Notes from Dave and Legends' General Store

 Ghost Towns of Route 66, by Jim Hinckley and Kerrick James 

As Summer heated up, I noticed that so did sales of our various Route 66 books and merchandise. No doubt many were planning a trip along the Mother Road, and found our guides and maps to be very useful. We are also selling noted Author Jim Hinckley's latest "Ghost Towns of Route 66", and I'm sure you will agree it's worth the read. Illustrated with gorgeous sepia-tone and color photography, this book tours dozens of ghost towns, rich in stories and history. Explore the beauty and nostalgia of these abandoned communities along America's favorite highway!

Greetings from Route 66, by Kathy Weiser and other various Route 66 AuthoritiesJim Hinckley also teamed with my talented wife, and Founder of
Legends Of America, Kathy Weiser, along with other great Route 66 authorities for 2010's "Greetings from Route 66". The Ultimate Road Trip Back Through America’s Main Street, this book is illustrated with over 700 vintage photographs, postcards, travel decals, collectibles and other memorabilia and filled with essays and photography. Be sure to check them both out from Legends Book Store.

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Hundreds of Photos available to print in many sizes, including some sizes not previously available. From Old West outlaws to Route 66
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July/August in American History


July 1, 1863 - Battle of Gettysburg

July 4, 1776 - Declaration of Independence.


July 16, 1790 - Congress declares the city of Washington the permanent capitol of the United States.


July 18, 1792 - John Paul Jones dies.


July 28, 1868 - Ratification of the 14th Amendment, giving former Slaves rights under the Bill of Rights.


August 1, 1876 - Colorado becomes a state.


August 7, 1742 - Nathanael Greene is born.


August 14, 1848 - Congress creates the Oregon Territory.


August 19, 1814 - British Troops burn down Washington D.C.


August 24, 1857 - One of the most severe economic crisis in American History begins (panic of 1857)


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