Dave here, wanting to let you know that my
partner in history will be on a TV screen near you this Sunday night
(August 2) at 9pm Central. She's contributing to the popular series "Gunslingers"
on the American Heroes Channel (AHC), jawing on about Bat Masterson. Not
all of you get that channel, so
here's a link to the clip of the show for your viewing pleasure. I've
also included Kathy's own story on Bat in our Featured Old West story
This was the interview Kathy did in
Kansas that I mentioned in our
newsletter. Since that time she's done another interview in El Paso,
Texas for a show called Lawmen, which will also appear on the American
Heroes Channel (AHC). Don't know when that one will be, but we'll keep you
In both this Sunday's show and the yet to be
released Lawmen show, Kathy was wise enough to let go of the fancy pants
look and stick to her roots. In other words, she wore her hat. I love that
hat, which even has a Ranger star on it. She's had that wonderful hunk of
felt since before we met and it fits her well. Personally, I thought when
she got all gussied up for last years appearance on Discovery Channel's "Evil
Kin" it just didn't suit her true personality. She looks more like
the cowgirl I fell in love with in this years show, and I think some of
her 'tude' comes across better as well. I mean really, who wouldn't have a
sassy 'tude' wearing that hat?!
To say that I'm proud of her is an
understatement, and with the "bucket load of cents" she got for doing the
show's, she actually took me out for dinner at a nice Mexican Restaurant,
and I'm not talking Taco Bell! I need to get her on another show
soon...love those chalupa's.
In the meantime, it's been another hot summer
at Fort Alexander in Missouri. Every July when the sauna cranks up we tend
to stay inside, at which point Kathy comes up with major projects to do.
That will translate to a slightly new look to our website over the next
week or two, and while it still won't be all "mobile phone friendly", it
should be a cleaner look that will fit better on your device as we
continue to work on it. Good news is that our
Photo Print Shop is now
a complete "mobile friendly" shopping experience, with the ability to
actually buy photos from your phone instead of having to save them and
going to a desktop or laptop computer for purchase later. Of course
our General Store has
been that way for over a year now, so we're making progress!
of Legends' General Store,
Kathy finally completed postcard designs for all 50 States and the
District of Columbia, so we've put together a special
Postcard Set that you can purchase. We've been asked about that for a
while, so it's nice to have it to offer.
addition, we now offer t-shirts in our
Old West selection, and will be adding up quite a few more, including
Route 66 designs. Also, be sure to check out "Personalized
T-Shirts" for Dad and Grandpa, and we have a bunch of new 11x17
Poster designs in our
Americana selection! Plenty to come as we fill up the
General Store with more
All this work and heat has kept me in the
cabin office out back most of the time, but I haven't been alone. I found
evidence of a mouse some weeks ago who had made a home inside a roll of
toilet paper under the bathroom sink. Mr. Riley and Miss Kaydee Dog were
not happy with the company, and let me know loud and clear (as they chased
the poor thing around) that they were having none of it. They never
did catch the mouse, and I kinda forgot about it until it attracted
another visitor to my cabin bathroom. After my third cup of
Cherokee Ground one morning, it was time to pay a visit, and as I
unzipped I looked up to see a stick that appeared to be leaning on
something behind the toilet and standing about 2 feet over the back. I
thought "Who in the world has been in here, and why did they leave that
walking stick there?" Then it dawned on me that the damn stick was
looking at me, and it wasn't made of wood. You've never seen such a
sight until you see me running out of the cabin with my fly open yellin' "SNAKE!".
Figured out pretty quick it was a five foot black snake, and I assume him
and the mouse had dinner together and left, cause I haven't seen either
since. But, for a while, I went into the main hacienda to take care
of my business.
Well, that's about all I have for this round.
Hope you have a chance to catch Kathy on
Sunday night. You'll see what I mean about the hat.
Zipped and ready for my next adventure.
Ps. Thanks to everyone who showed incredible
support for our entry into the Wells Fargo Works Project. We'll let you
know after they announce the winners how we did.
In this Edition:
New Additions and Featured
Feedback and Suggestions
More to See:
Legends General Store - Supporting our
website since 2003
Legends Photo Prints - Our growing
gallery of Vintage and Modern images available in various print sizes.
Shop, or just enjoy browsing.
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Blog - Follow our travels in pictures with interesting historic
tidbits to boot.
Legends of Kansas - Our website
dedicated to the state Legends was born in.
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things Native American
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New Additions and Featured Stories
Imagine You Are Marie Dorion. That's what author Lenora Rain-Lee Good wants you to experience in this
article submitted special to Legends of America. A native of the
Pacific Northwest with a life-long fascination of history, Good didn't
really learn about the only female member of the Astor Expedition in 1811
until she found an historical roadside marker that peaked her interest.
So much so, she wrote a book "Madame Dorion - Her Journey to the Oregon
Country", a fact based historical fiction published in 2014. We're
happy that Good contributed this wonderful article that introduces you to
her book and tells the story of Dorion, the first pioneer woman to cross
the country overland and settle in Oregon Country. Thanks Lenora!
Meanwhile on our
Photo Print Shop,
although it's been there a while but not visible to visitors until now, Dave has a
special gallery called "Sitting on the Dock at the Lake" that, if you're
into scenery, is worth checking out. It's mostly images from the
dock across the road from us, with some other scenes of the lake mixed in.
We're blessed to live in this beautiful area, and thankful each and every
day for our view.
There's also a bunch of new additions
to Jim Hinckley's America gallery and our new Boersma
Sign Collection. Be sure
to check them out and give us your feedback on the new "mobile" experience
rolled out this week on our
Photo Print Shop.
Native American Proverbs & Wisdom
Every animal knows more
than you do. -
A danger foreseen is
Cherish youth, but
trust old age. - Pueblo
It is no longer good
enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace.
A rocky vineyard does not
need a prayer, but a pick ax. -
A people without a history
is like the wind over buffalo grass. -
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Bat Masterson - Loyalty in Lawlessness
Also from our What's New page,
Kathy has added up an expanded story on Bat Masterson, whom she will be
discussing on the television show "Gunslingers" this Sunday night at 9pm
Central on the
American Heroes Channel.
Lawman, gunfighter, gambler and well-known Old West
character, Bat Masterson was one of the very few who lived
during the lawless days of the Old West who wasn't
there to make a name for himself, or to count the notches on
his belt. He was actually a genuine and honest man, who
didn't have a reputation for violence, but, was loyal to the
end, in defending his friends.
William Barclay Masterson
was born on November 26, 1853 in Iberville County,
Quebec, Canada. His father, Thomas Masterson was born in
Canada and by occupation
was a farmer. His mother, Catherine
McGurk, was an immigrant of Ireland. Bat was the second child
in a family of five brothers and two sisters. They were
raised on farms in Quebec, New York, and Illinois, until they
finally settled near Wichita, Kansas in 1871. During his boyhood years he became an expert in the use of firearms, and
accompanied expeditions that went out to hunt buffalo.
In the Fall of 1871, 18-year-old Bat headed
west to hunt buffalo along with his 19-year-old brother Ed.
During this time, he camped with hunters working along the
Salt Fork River in present Comanche and Barber Counties in
Kansas and during visits to other buffalo hunting camps, the
brothers met several men who would also become legends in
western history, including Wyatt Earp,
Tom Nixon, and "Prairie Dog" Dave Morrow.
The nickname "Bat" was
given to him by his companions one day while out on one of these trips, the
name coming from Baptiste Brown, or "Old Bat," whose fame
as a leader, hunter, and trapper was well known in the generation that preceded
Masterson upon the Western stage.
In the summer of 1872, Bat and Ed worked on a
construction crew that was expanding the Santa
Fe railroad to
Colorado. That winter, they returned to
buffalo hunting and were joined by their younger brother, Jim
camp along Kiowa Creek southeast of
Dodge City. In
January, 1873, the Masterson brothers gave up buffalo
hunting. Bat remained in Dodge City, but his brothers
returned to the family farm in Sedgwick County. However, Ed
was soon back in Dodge, just the following month, and went to
work in the Alhambra Saloon. Bat returned to buffalo hunting
but, the number of buffalo were becoming fewer and fewer. By 1874, the vast numbers of buffalo roaming Kansas
had been slaughtered, so many of the hunters moved south and
west into what was hostile Indian Territory.
Continue reading "Bat
Masterson - Loyalty in Lawlessness"
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Bannack - Gold to Ghost
of our favorite Ghost Town visits was in 2008 to Bannack Montana State
On July 28, 1862,
John White and other members of the "Pikes Peakers” discovered
gold in the creek waters where Bannack stands today. It was the
beginning for both Bannack and the State of
considered one of the last frontiers. The creek was
originally named Willard Creek by the
Lewis and Clark
they came through in 1805. But, due to the large grasshopper population
in 1862, it was renamed Grasshopper Creek.
prospectors filed one of the first gold claims in what was
Territory at the time and, would later become
News of the strike traveled fast and led
to the greatest rush to the West since the
Rush in 1848. A mining camp was quickly built, literally
springing up overnight. Most of the miners lived in tents, caves,
dugouts, shanties, huts, and wagons.
Word spread quickly
that Bannack’s gold was unlike other gold. Grasshopper Creek’s gold
was 99-99.5% pure, compared to most gold at 95% and miners continued
to flood the area. Bannack quickly became known as the
New Eldorado of the North and by October the camp was called home to
more than 400 prospectors.
The people who
rushed to Bannack were not only miners, they also included many
deserters of the
Civil War, outlaws and businessmen intent on
profiting from the many newcomers. These early settlers arrived by
wagon, stagecoach, horse back, steamboat, and even by foot, in search
of their fortunes. Not anticipating the harsh
Montana winter, many came
ill-prepared and lacking supplies, creating a great hardship for these
As in most mining
towns Bannack’s population consisted of mostly men, with the exception
saloon girls and "painted
ladies." For the few wives living in camp, dances were their
only social activity and relief from household duties.
Gold to Ghost
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