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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
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
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
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,
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
We also ran into a small, but historic
cemetery right outside of Lone Star,
Kansas, which was involved in the
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
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
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
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Dave Alexander - Owner/Dog Catcher and butt
of neighborhood snickers.
In this Edition:
& Feature Stories
Featured Travel Destination
The Old West
Notes From Legends' General Store
Featured Product - Herbal Remedies
Newsletter Exclusive Savings
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or just want to opine.
Kaydee Dog says "All this chasing wear's a poor dog out"
New Additions and Feature
It begins simple enough. Kathy will add a story, or maybe even a new
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 -
Remedies! This led to quite a few new stories, including;
Medicine - The healing traditions of
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
American healing process.
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
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.
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
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
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
pueblos, some of which date back for centuries.
This led to a story about
The Great Pueblo
- In August, 1680, several combined
and drove out the Spanish from
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
Indians were forced from their homeland near Plymouth, Indiana and made to
march 660 miles to present-day
of course sparked other stories, including
Expansion and Manifest Destiny - The
expansion of the United States into the territory west of the
Act of 1830, and Pushing the Indians
Of course, it wasn't all Native American's and herbs. Kathy also
wrote up new stories on some American Characters, including;
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
Bud Ballew - Gunfighter & Lawman of Oklahoma
Though not nearly as well known as other Oklahomalawmen, such as
Bill Tilghman, Bud Ballew
was just as colorful and respected as both a
finally, Fred Waite - Chickasaw Outlaw Turned Politician
was a short-time member of
Billy the Kid's Gang and
Regulators during the Lincoln
County War. Later; however, he would serve as a lawman and
Read about these stories and more by visiting our
What's New Page.
There is no shortcut to anywhere worth going
I've got a perfect body but it's in the trunk and beginning to smell
Student Driver -- Parent Impaled on Front Bumper
99% of being smart is knowing what you're dumb at.
Witch's Parking - All Others Will Be Toad.
Horn broken. Watch for finger.
Are you drunk or just on your cell phone?
Out of my
mind. Back in five minutes.
He who dies with the
most toys is nonetheless dead.
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Canyon - One of Seven Wonders - One of the oldest
Parks in 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
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
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.
history of people within the canyon stretches back 10,500 years when the
first evidence for human presence in the area has been documented.
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
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
River and the Cerbat built their communities south of the river, on
the Coconino Plateau. Sometime in the 15th century the
or the Dine, arrived in the area.
The first documented
case of Europeans viewing the
Canyon occurred in September of 1540. That year
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
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
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
In 1776, Fathers Francisco Atanasio
Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante traveled with a group of
Spanish soldiers to explore southern
One their journey the group traveled along the North Rim of the Canyon
in Glen and Marble Canyons in search of a route from
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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
pages with some good ol'
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
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
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
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.
But wait, there's
What our readers are saying about Legends
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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,
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lives forever. My wife and I send you the love of God.
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Ma'am I have been studying the American West for
over 50 years now and it has been heavy going having to trawl
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on the internet in the last five years than I have in the previous
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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
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 -
Notes from Dave and Legends' General Store
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
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
rich in stories and history. Explore the beauty and nostalgia of these
abandoned communities along America's favorite highway!
Hinckley also teamed with my talented wife, and Founder of
Legends Of America, Kathy Weiser, along with other great Route 66 authorities for
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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July 1, 1863 -
Battle of Gettysburg
July 4, 1776 -
Declaration of Independence.
July 16, 1790 - Congress declares the
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
August 1, 1876 -
becomes a state.
August 7, 1742 -
Nathanael Greene is born.
August 14, 1848 - Congress creates the
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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