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,