This summer has been one wild ride and I'm looking around trying to find
it. Where did it go? Here, summer, summer, summer. The illusive summer
doesn't answer. Met only by silence, I guess, I'll have to jump on off
For us, summer provided a host of travel
opportunities, adventures, and a very large foray into the
annals of the the
Dave and I first traveled down to
where we had visits with our respective families, then we were off to
where in typical "Kathy" style, Dave and I got hitched in a mountain
clearing before adjourning for a little soirée at a local saloon (a very
historic saloon, of course.) Great fun!! We spent about a
week in the mountains of northwest
before sneaking down to a
Albuquerque, and seeing a number of other sights in the Land of
Enchantment before heading north to the majestic Rocky Mountains of
Then back to the flatlands of
But, just a couple of weeks later, the
travel bug hit me again when I was doing a big update to my
Deadwood Series pages. What are we going to do without that show?
I've got an idea -
Deadville to Leadville
- check it out. Anywho, I was off again, bound for
and everything in between.
Finally I made it home for a spell, with
Wild Bill Hickok and
Jane in my mind and brimming with the sights and sounds of the
So, I made good on my promise to build the largest
outlaws on the world wide web, and by golly, after weeks and weeks
of research, I think I've done it! This
includes more than 300 of those wild and wooly characters.
Well, best be mosying on ......... Until
next time, happy travels!
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In this Edition:
Featured Travel Destination
The Old West
Ghosts & Mysteries
Coming Next Month:
Haunted Tales for Halloween
Men are like Barbed Wire.... they have their good points.
Hey idiot - You're driving a car, not a phone booth
No one but Cattle know why they stampede...and the ain't talking....
Colonel Colt made all men equal.
Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer
than they appear.
New Additions to Legends of
Well, since it's been a while since I've
given ya'll an update, there's just a ton of new stuff here. Can't list
it all, but here's a peek.
Following along with my travels, you'll find
the mysterious terra cotta badlands of
Canyon, as well as the famous man who called it home -
Charles Goodnight. From
New Mexico ,
you'll find a look at the scenic
Turquoise Trail, along with stories of several dusty
we visited, including
we packed a whole bunch of places into a few short days and you'll find
new information on the
Canyon of the Gunnison, and the almost
Cripple Creek and Victor. Not only are these two old mining camps
filled with history, but they are also allegedly very haunted. Though we
didn't run into any ghosts, we did get some great photos. Read about the
Cripple Creek District's ghosts
HERE. We also saw Mesa Verde, Silverton, Ouray, which aren't written
up yet, but we'll have those up soon.
From my trip to
South Dakota ,
you'll find lots of new photographs and updated information, plus stops
we made along the way at
Pony Express Station in
Mount Rushmore National Park, and a number
we found along the way. Stay tuned, as I get all these new places,
photographs, and tales loaded up.
For those of us who are already missing the
Deadwood series, I did a whole bunch of new updates, including
stories on many of the real characters of
Painted Ladies of Deadwood Gulch. We've also added up a new
Deadwood Timeline so you can figure out when all this stuff
really happened. You'll also find a new
Black Hills Photo Gallery where you can look at both vintage
photographs as well as how
Then on the
Trail, I really got obsessed with my
List of Outlaws, where you'll find the obvious, well-known ones such
Billy the Kid, but there's also a bucket-load of other interesting
names, such as
William "Tulsa Jack" Blake;
Laura Bullion, known as the Rose of the Wild Bunch,
"Three-Fingered" Jack McDowell,
Thomas "Big Foot" O'Folliard, and hundreds more. You'll also find a
Outlaw Photo Gallery, which includes faces of a whole bunch of these
Butch Cassidy, to
Sam Bass, and Black Bart, just to name a few. See them
Along these same lines, you'll also find a
new list -
Gunfights of the Old West, plus more additions to our many other
lists, which include
Most professional gunfighters died in states or territories where the
most shootings occurred:
was in operation for only nineteen months from April 1860 through
gunfight at the
O.K. Corral only lasted about thirty seconds.
driving cattle to the market could expect to make between $25 and $40
per month. A Trail Boss might make as much as $125 per month.
Annie Oakley, who’s real name was Phoebe Anne Mozee, never lived
farther west than Ohio.
Featured Travel Destination
Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway -
Nestled in the hills and valleys of central
is one of the state’s most interesting and scenic drives – the
Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. This often forgotten
road is filled with history, scenic views,
a National Forest, a ski resort, art galleries, shops, museums, and
Named for the rich turquoise deposits found
near its northern end, the
Turquoise Trail was used for centuries by
Americans and Spanish explorers before miners began to flood the
area in the late 1800’s in search of the hills’ many rich minerals.
Though this hilly highway has seen much recent growth, it still
maintains a historic view of the
along with its galleries, restaurants, and museums. The beautiful
blue-green turquoise was first mined by the early Pueblo people as early
as 900 A.D.
remain along this historic path including
Madrid, and the dusty streets of Los
established in 1879 when gold was found in the area, filled quickly with
prospectors until less than a decade later, the gold was panned out.
Though the site is mostly dott4ed with the crumbling remains of the once
thriving town, a couple of interesting buildings still remain, including
the San Francisco Catholic Church, built in 1830 and the old general
store that has been operating since 1918.
you'll come to
Madrid which has long been known for the turquoise nestled in the
surrounding hills. Mined by the Indians for centuries, it was
later discovered by Spaniards who also searched the area for silver and
gold. In the early 1800’s, American prospectors moved into the
area and in the 1880’s large coal mine companies began operations. It
was during the coal mining peak, that
Madrid boasted more than 3,000 residents and produced some 250,000
tons of coal a year.
Though categorized as a
ghost town ,
Madrid has about 300 residents and thrives in the summer with shops,
restaurants, and galleries catering to the many visitors along this
Continuing North, you'll arrive at the dusty
little town of
Cerrillos, which was also known for its turquoise, gold and silver
that was once mined there and made it a boom town. Like the others, the
minerals played out and the town died. However, this historic
settlement has many photographic opportunities in its adobe homes,
businesses, Saint Joseph’s Church, a museum, and the
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Tell us what you think!
The Old West
the Old West - Though movies
and television would like us to believe otherwise, it was very rare when
gunfights occurred with the two
gunfighters squarely facing each other from a distance in a dusty
street. This romanticized image of the
was born in the dime novels of the late 19th century and perpetuated in
the film era, to such a point that this fictional version is the what
our mind’s eye quickly conjures up when we hear the word "
In actuality, the "real”
were rarely that "civilized.”
In fact, there are several misnomers about
the first of which is that very rarely, did the
gunfighters actually "plan” a
to occur, "calling out” their enemy for dueling action in the street.
Instead, most of these many fights took place in the heat of the moment
when tempers flared, and more often than not, with the aide of a little
bottled courage. They also didn’t occur at a distance of 75 feet, with
each gunfighter taking one shot, one falling dead to the ground, and the
other standing as a "hero" before a dozen gathered onlookers.
Here, you can read about many of the "real"
Old West, where you'll see the difference between television fiction
and the real
West. Some of these many gunfights include an
El Paso Gunfight, a
Las Vegas, New Mexico Saloon Shootout, the
Spokogee Gunfight, the
Long Branch Saloon Shootout, and more.
Highways by Jerry D. Coleman
Explore the underbelly of American
Strangeness with author Jerry D. Coleman as he goes behind the scenes
into some of the most mysterious cases in paranormal history. Roaming
the country, he presents an amazing phantasmagoria of Bigfoot sightings,
visits from beyond the grave, eerie encounters with anomalous creatures,
phantom panthers, startling first-hand accounts and much more.
Ghosts & Mysteries
Ghosts of Tombstone, Arizona -
Like so many other places in the
West with violent histories,
is said to be one of the most haunted in
At its most famous place - the
OK Corral, several witnesses have reported ghosts of the
well as the Clanton brothers. At the nearby Boot Hill Graveyard,
reports of apparitions and strange lights have frequently been given in
this place that harbors several old
outlaws beneath its wooden tombstones.
At the Bird Cage Theatre, one of the oldest
original buildings left in
reputation has it that the old
boasts as many as 31 ghosts. The Bird Cage was named for the 13
small cribs hanging from the ceiling that once housed "painted
ladies” dressed as finely feathered birds.
At the business of Big
Nose Kate’s, numerous cowboy apparitions have allegedly been
photographed and at Nellie Cashman’s Restaurant, playful pranks have
been going on since frontier days.
At the historic Buford House, an 1880’s
adobe home, which now serves as a Bed & Breakfast, the ghost of a man
named George Buford apparently refuses to leave.
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