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little. I mean just think about it -- with about a gazillion
websites out there, Yahoo, which just happens to be the Number One Home
Page and the Number Two Search Engine in the whole wide world, picks lil'
ole' us as their Pick of the Day on Sunday, August 8, 2004!!
From this, we've got a lot of press. In the meantime, I've been havin' a little party up
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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
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New Additions to Legends
Branson, Missouri -From Hillbillies to State of the Art
Featured Book- Legends of the Old West
Bodie, California - A Ghostly Ghost Town
Painted Ladies of the Old West
El Muerto - The Headless One of South Texas
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New Additions to Legends of America
We really did a lot of hustling over the last month and got all kinds of
new content on our pages.
We moved our
Women of the Old West to their very own page -- just wasn't fair.
Some of them didn't belong on our
Outlaws and Gunfighters pages. We've got a new lady of the
de Vere, the most famous madam of
Colorado. That of course, meant we wanted to write about
Creek too, so we did. Then we decided to have a whole article
Painted Ladies of the
You know how one thing just leads to another.
We've really been trying, as fast as we can, to expand our states of the
American West -- adding at least a couple of stories and always
planning for growth. Now you can read a little about the great
Ryolite - a
and a lil' bit about
Stay tuned as we keep adding more.
Always looking over our shoulders for a lurking
we were happy to receive two stories from our readers - A California
version of La Llorona and the
Hill Legend. We also did a little research and added
Haunted Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City,
the headless horseman of
Haunted Sheridan Inn in
And, as always, we're diggin' around
for stories of
troves. Supposedly there's about $40,000 in hidden gold
Trinity Mountain in
and loads of
Nevada loot including
in the Genoa Hills, a
at the Truckee River, and
The Lost Gold Ledge.
West fans our posse tracked down a very dangerous killer by the name
Wild Bill Longley who killed
nearly as many people as John Wesley Hardin in
It's just a wonder that his name isn't better known as being one of the
most notorious killers of the
What our readers are saying about Legends
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Missouri -From Hillbillies to State of the Art -
was born in 1882 and spent years as a sleepy little village where the
area hillbillies made their living farming tobacco and tomatoes and
passed their time fishing at Lake Taneycomo. But that began to
change when Harold Bell Wright, a
minister, visited the area and
wrote his best selling book "Shepherd of the
Hills." Upon its publication in 1907,
began to draw thousands of new visitors to experience the unspoiled
beauty of the area's rolling hills, abundant caves and many lakes.
When Table Rock Dam was completed in
1959, the area again saw a new surge of thousands of visitors and soon
Silver Dollar City was formed where local craftsmen and artists
entertained the many guests. Soon musical families also began to
entertain visitors in small simple theaters.
By the 70's motels were going
up everywhere and nationally famous stars made the move to
following the lead of stars like Roy Clark and Box Car Willie.
has more theater seats than Broadway featuring such stars as Andy
Williams, The Lennon Sisters, Mel Tillis, Glen Campbell, Mickey Gilley,
Moe Bandy, Yakov Smirnoff, The Oak Ridge Boys, Neal McCoy and many more.
Take a stroll down what was once little more
than a hillbilly lane to see that
has now stepped up to play in the big leagues with the likes of the
Grand Ole Opry.
From the infamous
outlaws who once galloped across the
to the romanticized blacktop of
Legends of America shares
the rumors behind the rest stops. Yearning for a
about the true cause of the Civil War? Dare to step into a haunted
Mosey on in, partner! This is one tourist trap you'll be happy to visit.
-- Yahoo, Writing about
Legends of America,
August 8, 2004
Featured Travel Guides and Books
of the Old West by Kent
Legends of the Old West is a fascinating look at the wild, woolly
Its entertaining text and lavish illustrations will inspire and delight
Western buffs and armchair cowboys and cowgirls alike. Paperback
9-3/8" x 12-3/4" 120 pages, full-color throughout.
Got a great tale about the
Mother Road, a
Ghost Story, a legend in your State, or a photograph you would like
to show on our site?
Send it on!! We'll
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Bodie - A Ghostly Ghost Town -
Bodie was born when gold was discovered in
1859. The town grew slowly as an insignificant mining camp for the
next twenty years until a very rich vein of gold ore was discovered in
1878. By 1879,
boasted a population of about 10,000 and 2,000 buildings.
Like many booming mining camps,
earned a reputation for violence and lawlessness. In its day,
more widely known for its lawlessness than for its riches. Given
reputation, it is perhaps not surprising that one little girl, whose
family was moving to the mining town, reportedly prayed: "Goodbye God!
We are going to
When the gold played out, the people
began to leave and in the 1932
Bodie suffered a devastating fire, which wiped
out 95% of the town. By the 1940s no one was left in the dead
In 1962, after years of neglect,
a State Historic Park, and two years later the
of Bodie was
dedicated as a
Historic Site. Today it is one of the most preserved
more than 200 intact buildings that the visitor can see.
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As a new addition to our
we will begin to feature
Roadside Attractions - some quirky, many offbeat, some just so great
they can't be ignored, and all of them worth a stop and potentially, a
Brothel Museum in Cripple Creek, Colorado - Here you can learn all
Pearl De Vere, the most famous madam of
Colorado, a one time booming gold mine camp. What's really
bizarre here is the museum offers admission for half-price to children
ages 10-13 and free for children under ten. Children?? Go
stuff - check it out
When is a corn dog not a corn dog?
When you're at the Cozy Dog Drive along
Route 66 in Springfield,
This first fast food of the road was introduced by Ed Waldmire at the
State Fair. In 1950, he opened the Cozy Dog Drive Inn. This
Mother Road icon still
stands today at 2935 So. Sixth Street in Springfield,
but when you order their "Cozy Dog," don't call it a corn dog, or
you might be met with little more than a steely eyed stare.
Legends' General Store
Lambert's Original Art For Sale on Legends of America
Legends' General Store has added several of
Lambert's original paintings and pen and ink drawings.
hero was a gentle man who served his entire life as a
lawman and was also a poet and a painter.
This collection no longer
Painted Ladies of the American West
- Sometimes called
ladies, these women were as much a part of the
West as were the
outlaws, miners and
'49ers labeled these women with names such as "ladies of the
line" and "sporting women." Among the many trails of
common terms included "daughters of sin," "fallen frails," "doves of the
roost," and "nymphs du prairie."
Painted ladies included two types of women
Saloon Girls and the
"real" shady ladies - the
prostitutes of the American frontier. Contrary to popular
Saloon Girls were not
prostitutes. In dancehalls, they had no need to be, often
making more money than their "shadier" counterpart.
Read more about the
Ladies of the
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Ghosts and Mysteries
- The Headless One of South Texas - In 1800s
a wild and lawless place attracting all manner of thieves, murderers,
and other ruthless
outlaws. Though their percentages were far less than those of
the many desperadoes, the
Rangers set about in taming the wild
In 1850, a man known simply as Vidal was
busy rustling cattle all over South
soon he had a high price on his head – "dead or alive." Soon, two
Rangers caught up with Vidal and in an attempt to set an example they
beheaded him and set him upon a horse to roam the South
Soon, stories began to abound about the
headless rider seen usually in remote country, with its sombreroed head
swinging back and forth to the rhythm of horse's gallop.
Finally, a posse
of local ranchers captured the wild pony and buried the body in an
That should have been the end of
but the legend lives on. Soon after Vidal's body was laid to rest,
soldiers at Fort Inge (present-day Uvalde) began to see the headless
rider. Travelers and ranchers still report seeing the ghost of
to this day.
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long leggit beasties
And things that go bump in the night.
Dear Lord, deliver us.
Old Celtic Prayer
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