Well, really big changes are on the home
front! I guess you could say that I'm reaching for the "big
banana!" Yup, for those of you that know me, or have been hanging
newsletter long enough, you might have been aware that for the
entire time I've been building this website over the last year, I've
also had a "real job." Well, not anymore!
Must be doin' something right around here,
is now getting more than 100,000 visitors a month. Opting for what
I love, and opting out of having a heart attack, I made a very hard
decision. Without a regular income, and with the
Legends' General Store just getting started, I should be more
frightened by this than the many ghosts that I've bumped into lately. No! I will not be afraid! No banana splits for me -- just
bananas! Somewhere along the line I heard something that went like
this... "do what you love and the money will follow." Actually,
that might have been a book title. In any case,
and our on-line retail outlet, The
Legends' General Store, is now a full-time endeavor. So, stay tuned
as you watch the website continue to grow and develop.
If you're new to
America, we focus on
destinations that appeal to the nostalgic and historic minded. 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 hidden
I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
New Additions to the Website
Springfield, Illinois -Home of Honest Abe
RV Camping in
Saloons of the Old West
La Llorona - The Weeping Ghost of the Southwest
Coming Next Month:
A Lil' More California
Seriously back on Route 66
More quirks and fun facts
A Few Great Halloween Links:
New Additions to Legends of America
Boo!! Yep, it's Halloween and you will see its influence in both the website
newsletter this month.
Do you remember that we featured the
Mansion in St. Louis,
last month? It's supposedly one of the top ten most haunted places
in America. Well, shortly after I updated all of you on this scary
Bed & Breakfast in the
I got an invite to tour the historic building with local St. Louis
historian, Joe Gibbons, who has studied the
Mansion for more than ten years. The tour began with just
three of us, but in no time at all, visitors of the restaurant and B&B
soon joined us to experience several uncanny events, as well as a
plethora of odd photographs. See our visit to the
Mansion by clicking
Getting into the spirit, we also visited
another small town in
that some say is a portal to the spirit world. Windyville,
is also a
ghost town. Interested in both
ghost town s,
it was a great ride!
Along the ghostly trail, the
Legends' General Store
has begun to carry the books of White Chapel Press, which add some fifty
ghostly tales to our inventory. Scary stuff - check out some of these
Haunted St. Louis, by Troy Taylor,
by Jerry D. Coleman, Illuminating the Darkness
- the Mystery of Spooklights
by Dale Kaczmarek, and many more.
No, we didn't forget that we are travel
minded and have recently added a lil' bit of
our growing list of western states that we write about. Adding
just a few
lost treasure stories to the beautiful state of
you can also find some fun facts and trivia and a coupla quirky places
to see along your roadside trip.
Always focusing on
there's bunch more stuff here for
the history of
Mexico's piece of the highway,
El Reno, Oklahoma - the home of the Oklahoma Land Rush
Haunted Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica, California.
However, I've primarily been focused on the
Legends' General Store to
provide lots of new products that hopefully you will enjoy. Working with creative talent, you can now see the written works of
Troy Taylor for spooky stuff,
Mike Marino for highway legends, and
Roundabout Publications for all manner of travel guides and books. We are also featuring the works of several artists, including Tracy Teeter's original art, Largo's western sculptures, Ashley's folkart
beaded crosses, and Ken Turmel's Postmarkart. These one of a kind
artistic products are a great addition to our new "Art Gallery."
We are continually working to add great
products to the
Legends' General Store. If you are, or know of, creative
talent, just let us know, as we are aggressively expanding our
inventory. The next thing you know, your work just might be featured at
Legends' General Store.
Oh, yeah, and I'm still on a
frenzy. In just the last two days, I've added more than 100 new
postcards. If you are a
collector or just want to see some great scenes, check them out!
In the meantime, I better hit the asphalt. See ya next month!
What our readers are saying about Legends
A very well done site that I will visit
often. I'm rapidly becoming a
history buff and I'm sure to find much of interest here. - Stan
Un petit coucou et un grand bravo pour ce
site qui est fabuleux !!!! (English Translation:
A small cuckoo and a great cheer for
this site which is fabulous!!!!) -
What's to say? I am a "old west buff"
fascinated w/everything about it.
Hickok, and my personal favorite,
Holliday. I will visit
one day (in this life) if I can ever talk my husband into it. He thinks
he knows it's haunted. So, I love the site. It's very informative, and
when I take my trip to
(I would love to
as well). I will visit some of the places on your site. Thanks for that
info. - Cheryl
I am on your website almost daily. I
print the stories of
City and read them over and over at bed time. I know the
Central City better than most people that live there, and I can only
dream of the day I can live there. But until then, your website is
the closest thing I can come to until then............ I just wanted to
say Thanks! - Lois
Your site has me wanting to hitch my trailer
and head out
much beautiful country. I would love to find a
stand in the middle of the road, close my eyes and go back in time and
hear the hustle of life back then...that's my dream. - Gerry
Great material! Being a Sooner (born
and bred), I especially enjoy the
inputs. Nostalgia, nostalgia. Living on the East Coast for
several years, I appreciate the history and photos and stories you have
produced. We held an Edmond High class reunion in 2000 in the
round barn in Arcadia,
you've printed. Thanks. - Larry
Tell us what you think!
Featured Travel Destination
Springfield, Illinois - Home of Honest Abe - Not only is
a Route 66
city, it is also home to Honest Abe Lincoln. Preserving Abe's
history and his tomb, this progressive state capitol continues to grow,
while still paying homage to its rich history. Springing up as
little more than a supply stop along the the road between St. Louis and
Chicago in 1821, the burgeoning settlement wasted no time establishing
the proverbial trading posts and taverns. These were soon followed
by additional businesses, streets, schools, and churches.
In 1837, due in large part to the
political maneuverings of a young politician named Abraham Lincoln; the
state capitol was moved from Vandalia to
Springfield. Lincoln soon
set up his law practice and continued his career in politics in the new
state capitol. This, as we all know, would springboard him to
After having lived in
Springfield for almost a
quarter of a century, Abraham Lincoln stood on the platform of the train
station on February 11, 1861, bidding goodbye to
Springfield in a voice filled
with emotion. Little did he know that he sould never return to
Springfield during his
Springfield today offers a number of historic treasures, including
the State Capitol building, Abraham Lincoln's long time home and burial
site, examples of preserved nineteenth century architecture, and a
Route 66 icons for the
enthusiast. Plan to take your time when visiting
as the city has much to offer the historic minded traveler.
Questions For Our Readers
Okey, dokey, now that I can focus full-time
on the website, I'm looking for some input from my readers. Bottom
line is, it really doesn't matter what I think, what do you
If you have a moment to spare, I'm hoping
that you might zap me an
Email responding to some of these questions:
1. The website is getting large -- are
you still able to find what you are looking for?
2. What part of the website do you
like the best? What would you like to see more of?
3. Do you have any suggestions for
things to add or change?
really appreciate any comments you might have. Thanks bunches!!! Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured Travel Guides and Books
Never losing sight of our "reason for being"
-- "A Travel Site for the Nostalgic and Historic Minded," we have
partnered with publisher, Roundabout Publications to provide a variety
of travel books. Yup, as great as the legends are, ya still gotta
get there! From
Rest Areas and Welcome Centers,
National Park Service Camping Guide, to
Riding the Rails,
these great travel books will provide detailed information about your
travel destinations. Check out all of our great travel guides by
Camping in State Parks by D.J. Davin
In this new
directory, you'll learn about state parks that have camping facilities
suitable for RVers. Over 1,500 state parks and recreation areas in 49
states are included.
A summary for each state
tells you how many state parks have RV campgrounds, and the amenities
generally available. You'll also find contact information, including
phone number and web site, for each state so you can obtain brochures
and more information.
Legends' General Store
Tracy Teeter's Original
Tracy L. Teeter is an amazing self-taught
artist who applies her immense talents with pen and ink, pencil,
watercolor and colored pencil to subjects of animals, Native
Americans, and more.
Tracy's original art can only be found in a few exclusive specialty
and right here at the
Legends' General Store.
This collection no longer
Old Idaho Penitentiary - If
you want to see how the convicts lived, check out
first territorial prison in Boise,
which has now become a tourist attraction. The old prison, built
in 1870, grew from a single cellhouse into a complex of several
distinctive buildings surrounded by a high sandstone wall. Housing
more than 13,000 prisoners during the 103 years it was open, the old
penitentiary will provide you a literal taste of how it felt to be one
outlaws who "didn't get away." Closing on December 3,
1973, the prison was soon placed on the National Register of Historic
Old Idaho Penitentiary is a fascinating Boise,
tourist attraction that offers one of the most informative prison tours
West. The prison is open to visitors to walk
through the courtyards, the cells, the gallows and the "coolers" where
prisoners were sentenced to solitary confinement.
Rhyolite, Nevada Bottle Building
- In 1906 in the old
man named Tom Kelly, a
owner, built a house out of bottles because lumber was scarce at the
time. Reportedly he used some 50,000 beer, whiskey, soda and
medicine bottles to build the structure which still stands today. The Bottle Building is owned by the Beatty Nevada Improvement
Association for maintenance as a historical site. You can still
see this quirky piece of architecture in the fascinating
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Saloons of the Old West -
One cannot conjure up an image of the
West, without picturing the inevitable
saloon. In your mind, you immediately see a building, complete with a wooden
false front, a wide boardwalk flanking the dusty street, a couple of hitchin '
posts, and the always present swinging doors. This image is, no
doubt, followed by a cowboy pushing through the entryway as he made his
way to the long polished bar in search of a whiskey to wet his parched
In those hard
scrabble days, the whiskey served in many of the
was some pretty wicked stuff, made with raw alcohol, burnt sugar and a
little chewing tobacco. No wonder it took on such names as Tanglefoot,
Forty-Rod, Tarantula Juice, Taos Lightning, Red Eye, and Coffin Varnish.
there was every type of
that one could imagine. There were gambling
and, of course, the ever present, plain ole '
fashioned, "just drinking"
saloons. They took on names such as the First Chance Saloon in Miles City,
the Bull's Head in Abilene,
and the Holy Moses in Creede,
Colorado. In many of the
more populated settlements, these
never closed, catering to their ever present patrons 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. Some didn't even bother to have a front door
that would close.
Such an important part of the
Old West, our
pages on Legends of America,
are some of the most popular on the entire website. If you haven't
strolled in for a literal taste of this American icon, be sure to mosy
up to the bar by clicking
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vintage postcards, original art, gift ideas, and unusual, hard-to-find
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Ghosts and Mysteries
Llorona - The Weeping Woman of the Southwest - The legend of
Llorona (pronounced "LAH yoh ROH nah"), Spanish for the Weeping
Woman, has been a part of Hispanic culture in the Southwest since the
days of the conquistadores. The tall, thin spirit is said to be
blessed with natural beauty and long flowing black hair. Wearing a
white gown, she roams the rivers and creeks, wailing into the night and
searching for children to drag, screaming to a watery grave.
No one really knows when the legend of
La Llorona began or,
from where it originated. Though the tales vary from source to
source, the one common thread is that the spirit is of a doomed mother,
who drowned her children long ago, now spends eternity searching for
them in rivers and lakes.
After we wrote our version of La
Llorona, we have since heard other
versions from our readers. Check out Nisi's
version of La Llorona in California
Woman story in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bumper Sticker Wisdom
Life is a Witch, and then you fly
BEWARE!! This vehicle makes sudden
stops at haunted houses!
My other vehicle is a broom stick!
Ghost Hunters Do It In A Cemetery
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