for those of you that have been reading the
Letter for a while, you know my whole summer got "blasted" with
rehabbing and selling a house. Bummer! Anyway, that whole
chore is done, Dave and I are moved, and it's back to adding up bunches
of great stories and hitting the road!
While travel and history are my main focus,
I've also got to make sure this website gets "seen" and visited by lots
of people every month. That's what keeps it alive! So, I've
been working on several things to expand the website and its readership.
I've also been wanting to make
Legends of America
more interactive - especially for my regular readers. So... I've added
up a bunch of new stuff to hopefully achieve both goals.
So, if you will, check out these new
NEW Legends of America Blog - Lots of you know what a blog is,
but for others, mebbe not. Really, it's another website, but one
that is more personal, including almost anything from informative
details that seemingly can't find a place on
Legends of America,
to interesting links that I run into, to my personal ramblings; the
goal being to allow us to get to know each other a little better.
But, the very best part is - it, too, is interactive! Add your
comments! Tell me what you think! Tell me where you think
I should head to next or that I'm "full of it."
Submit Your Travel Destination! -
We love to feature travel destinations in
American West and can't possibly be everywhere at the same time!
If you live in a great historic city or have an destination that is an
absolute "must see" for historic travelers, you can now add it to
Legends of America
HERE! Better yet, it's FREE!
Your historic place can also become the
Featured Travel Destination by following a few simple steps.
HERE for more information. This is also
Ok, ok, that's enough shameless
self-promotion, so moving on ..
If you're new to
Legends of America,
we focus on
travel 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 attractions.
I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
San Antonio - A Mecca For History Buffs
Featured Book - Lure, Lore & Legends
Hidden Treasures in Arizona
Ghost Town - Shaniko, Oregon
Coming Next Month:
Results of the
Haunted Places Poll
and related stories.
A Lil' More of the Pacific Northwest
Haunted Places Poll
Getting ready for Halloween,
we have decided to conduct our own poll of the most haunted cities and
places in the American West. Yup, the Travel Channel and
the History Channel do it for America, but we just want to know
American West. After we get your nominations, we will post a
poll that rates the top ten places and cities, then publish our
results!! Though we've got several ideas, feed us some more!
New Additions to Legends of
Now that those domestic chores are all done,
I'm back on the trail again with lots of new stories and legends.
Continuing to get ready for Halloween, you'll see a bunch of haunted
- my vote for the most haunted city in the
State. Check out the
Children upon San Antonio's Railroad Tracks, the
Menger Hotel, the
Gunter Hotel, and the
the Alamo .
From our reader, Patty Quinn, we hear about the
Lights of the Silver Cliff Cemetery in
from Misty read the story of
in the Old Doll House, and finally a tale that could be a ghost or
maybe even an alien -
Little White Men in Kentucky, from our reader Donald Patton.
Here's an interesting update to our
Mansion Story. A reader wrote in wanting to know about the
little boy's face that appears through the banisters on the stairway.
Here's a link to the photograph:
It's very strange that I had never noticed this before. But, just
to let you know, there were no children at the
Mansion that night. Furthermore, where his face appears, is
about 15 feet above the floor with nothing below to stand on. Very
Mansion is in
Trail, we also added up a bunch of new stuff including outlaw
Bill - Terror of Indian Territory, the
Mountain Meadows Massacre in
Marias Massacre in
and last, but certainly not least, the
Gold Rush! You'll also find a couple of new Littler Known
Outlaws, including a
outlaw by the name of
Scott Cooley, and a crooked sheriff in
This amazing tale of
Updyke also includes a cache of hidden gold for our
hunting fans, and we also added up a number of other stashes said to
be buried at the
For scenic views of the
American West, be sure to check out our new stories on the
Petrified Forest National Park,
National Monument, and
Canyon - One of Seven Wonders.
we've begun to get a lot of requests for the many photographs that
appear on the website. You can now purchase these at very
reasonable prices at our brand new
Photo Print Shop. Not all the photographs on the
website our in the
Print Shop yet. If you want one in particular, just zap us an
Email and we will add it
What our readers are saying about Legends
enjoyed your site as you give feeling and a different way of looking at
these buildings and places. - Sheena from England
I was in
business. In driving back to the Kansas City,
area, I went to Coffeyville,
then to Miami,
Visited the Coleman theater and then followed
Thank you for listing all the sites along the way! I met the most
interesting people and had a very enjoyable drive. - Frank
from Lees Summit,
This is the greatest site. Here I
am at work and had looked at this site all afternoon. Just can't
get over what a wonderful site this is. Thanks for all the work
you've done! - Donna,
There is so much history in my back
yard. You've given me the motivation to get out and hike around to
explore and imagine. - Bea from
Featured Travel Destination
- A Mecca For History Buffs - Capturing the spirit of
is a Mecca for history buffs. From its
American occupation, discovery by Spanish explorers, old missions,
Battle of the Alamo, and
the history and attractions of this beautiful city can entertain its
visitors for days.
The actual founding of the city came in 1718
by Father Antonio Olivares, when he established Mission
de Valero. Soon, more Spanish missions were built and by
population had reached more than 2,000.
By 1795, all of the missions had been put to
work for other purposes and the
de Valero Mission became a military barracks. Later it would become
known as the
Alamo. During the Texas Revolution,
was the site of several battles, including the siege of Bexar in
December, 1835 and the
Battle of the Alamo
on March 6, 1836, which made it one of the most fought-over cities in
North America. In the
Battle of the Alamo 189
defenders held the old mission against some 4,000 Mexican troops for 13
days. The cry "Remember the
became the rallying point of the Texan revolution against Mexico.
As the city grew and expanded,
succeeded in merging its past into the new modernization of each
generation. Old Spanish walls remain beside modern glass towers, with
rows of Victorian mansions a block away, a combination that lends the
city a charm sought out by millions of visitors.
The jewel of the city is the Paseo del Rio,
or River Walk, which meanders through the downtown area, lined with
numerous shops, bars, restaurants, and theaters This attraction is
transformed into an impressive festival of lights during the Christmas
and New Year holiday period.
is also famous for the
three-time NBA Champion Spurs basketball team, the Tower of the
Americas, and being home to SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta
Questions From Our Readers
Kathy - I've just been wondering how you
make money with your website to pay your expenses? Or, do you just
do this as a passionate hobby? - Steve,
Well, Steve that's an excellent question.
One that I often get from friends and family. It is
a passionate endeavor, but since I quit my real job, I also have
to make money somehow.
You can see at the bottom of each page where
Route 66 items.
This helps, but it's not the main source of revenue. At the top of
each page you see banner ads and, embedded in the body of each page, you
see text ads by Google. These ads are primarily how the website
pays for itself. Each time you or anyone else clicks on these ads,
I get a get a couple of cents, whether you buy anything or not.
Though, I won't be retiring anytime soon from the income, it at least
pays for the maintenance of the website and keeps it up and running.
Thanks for asking.
Featured Guides and Books
We were temporarily out of one of our most
popular books, as it was being updated for a new edition. It just
came in yesterday!!
Lore and Legends of the Moreno Valley,
by the Moreno Valley Writer's Guild.
This 200 page paperback book is a great
compliment to our
Legends. The Moreno Valley is
New Mexico and is rich in history with gold boom towns,
lore. A "Must Read" for those who love the
Eagle Nest area of
Sorry, this book has been discontinued.
Bumper Sticker Wisdom
I am not young enough
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Stereotypes are devices for saving a biased
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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's
The Old West
Treasure in Arizona -
Arizona has more lost
tales than any other state in the nation. Between Coronado's
expeditions, to the
West days and legends of buried
outlaw loot, the tales of hidden treasures can astound you and keep
you busy searching for years to come.
Along with numerous places in the
desert, the mountains of
also offer a number of tales of
outlaw robberies and hidden caches.
For example, and
old trading post located on the
River was often the site of so many robberies, that the owner,
Herman Wolf, got in the habit of burying his
profits in cans and jars around the fences on his property. Each
one of these
troves are said to have contained hundreds of dollars with a
thirty year accumulation
at $250,000. The tale has been verified by two different finds of
coins, the first in 1901 and the second in 1966. However, these
two discoveries are but a small percentage of what was buried and the
main cache remains to be found. The old store was located on the
River River just off the
during the winter of
outlaws named Henry Corey and Ralph Gaines stole eight large gold
bars from the Tip Top Mine near Gillette,
Each of these bars, which were three feet long and four inches wide,
were buried near a cabin at
The pair then headed to
where they relieved a stagecoach of $25,000 in gold and silver coins.
Returning to the cabin with the
they dug up the gold bars and placed these, along with the stagecoach
loot, into large wooden kegs. Chipping a hole in the ice, they
then lowered their stolen booty into the lake. Before long the
sheriff learned that the
pair was holed up at
and, along with a posse, set out to capture them. Spying the
approach of the lawmen, the bandits made a hasty retreat, leaving the
behind. Later, Gaines would be killed in a brawl and Corey was
during a holdup near Globe,
and sent to prison. When Corey was released 24 years later, he and
a friend made repeated searches for the loot but it was never found.
Corey died in 1936. During dry times throughout the year, the
waterless lakebed areas of this low level lake can be easily searched.
just a few of the many treasures and
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Oregon - Wool Capitol of the World - On the stage route from The
Dalles to central
the Scherneckau Ranch, settled shortly after the Civil War, became the
site of a stage station. However, the town didn't sprout up until
1900, when an official community was planned and built by businessmen in
The Dalles for the terminus of the Columbia Southern Railroad.
Within a year, two financiers constructed a
huge wool warehouse in
the largest in
at the time.
Shaniko quickly became a major trade center for the wool produced in
central and eastern
By that time, the town already sported a bank, two blacksmith shops, a
two-story city hall, that included the fire station and the jail, three
hotels, two newspapers, a post office, five saloons, two stores and many
other structures. Church services were held in the school
was referred to as the "Wool Capital of the World," after three wool
sales brought in the largest total sale of wool on record to date. The
next year, sheep men sold an estimated five million dollars worth of
wool. The village continued to play an important role in the wool
industry into the 1940's, when its population began to decline.
Today, this "almost"
with just about 20-25 residents, is like stepping back in time.
Recognized as one of the best
in the State or
it's old water tower, City Hall, complete with old jail, the school, and
post office continue to stand. Also intact, are the enormous sheep
sheds on the edge of the village. Several of its buildings are
maintained in an
theme, complete with authentic boardwalks and false fronts. The
Hotel is the town's biggest attraction. Restored to its former
grandeur, the hotel features an antique shop, history of many of the
families who once lived in
and a cafe with home cooking that is said to the best in the area.
From Legends' General Store
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minute videos will provide you with
treasures, cultural icons, natural wonders and portraits of Americans
from coast to coast revealing the heart & spirit of the U.S.
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