And, Happy Halloween!
Not long back from yet another trip, though this one was not to unknown
places, but rather, to an old "familiar," and to the very place that
this whole website began. Five years ago, I had no concept of building a
website, only an idea that I wanted to escape the rat-race of the
corporate world and pursue my dreams of writing, traveling, and
In the meantime, Grandma was "talking"
to me -
niggling, nudging, inspiring. Though she's been dead for 20 years, her
voice was and still is predominant. I
spent my summers in this little ole' miner's cabin with my Grandma in a
tiny community just outside of
New Mexico called
remember grandma wagging us along to
ghost towns, museums, art
galleries, etc. I also remember being mostly bored to tears. But,
something in all that seeped through, cuz' here I am, perpetuating
exactly what she wanted me to, and already working the same wiley ways
on my own grand daughters.
Huh? I can't possibly be old
enough to have grandchildren or travel in those very same footsteps as
grandma! Much less be relegated to spending my time telling
stories (though that is how I spend 90% of my time.) No way! Though I
might be nearing 50, it's the new "30," right? Yeah! I can still do a cartwheel, a swan-dive off the
high board, swim the butterfly, and keep up with the youngin's in any
beer drinkin' contest. Ok, we're good now.
In any event, it was yet another trip to
those old wonderful stomping grounds, but there's a lot of new stuff too. Though
you won't see a whole bunch of new articles, there are tons of updates
to that place I call paradise in northeast
New Mexico. Yes, I have
thought very hard of moving there, but ... it snows a lot in the winter,
and I don't like that part. I also invested in a new camera, so,
hopefully, you will see lots of better photographs.
Guess I better get going. In the meantime, I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
In this Edition:
Travel Destination - Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
The Old West
- Words, Wisdom, Proverbs & More
Ghostly Legends -
Featured Book - All
American Cowboy Grill
New Additions to Legends of
Though I've been traveling known paths, this does not exclude all
kinds of new material, including this most recent trip. One of my favorite all
time places to visit is the
Taos Pueblo, which I have probably been to more than a
dozen times, but only once since this website began, and then, we arrived on a
festival day which prohibited photographs. Not this time. This was a great
adventure with lots of great photos. While checkin' it out, I also looked into
the Tiwa Tribe and the
long history of the
We also went through Kenton,
is not yet written up, but is a semi-ghost
town, in the midst of outlaw
territory. With this comes a tale of not only a bandit, but also a missing
treasure - check out
Outlaw William Coe and His Missing Loot.
Of course, we checked out
ghost towns along the way, and in
addition to revisiting
Cimarron (which is not a
but a very historic place,)
Dawson; we also made a stop at
the crumbling remains of
New Mexico. Not much left here, but a couple of
Our travels took us further to Jemez Springs, through the
Bandelier National Monument, which was unfortunately partially closed, but we
still got to see a piece of it. Then onward to the Jemez State Monument, a 500 year old Indian village. I haven't gotten these places
written up yet, but, stay tuned, they will be coming soon.
Once home, I'm still determined to add at least as
many memorable lawmen as there are dastardly characters, so you'll now find
"Bigfoot" Wallace, a long-time soldier and
Texas Ranger, who turned
Texas Folk hero, even including having a part in an old Texas ghost legend - El Muerto. While in Texas, we also
checked out one of the longest and bloodiest of all the feuds in all
history -- the
Sutton-Taylor Feud. Yup, Texas does it big.
Ok, back to lawmen -- you'll also find
"Dangerous Dan" Tucker - an efficient, though
dangerous officer in
New Mexico and a whole bunch of others on our
After visiting Montana a couple of months ago, I'm
still catching up on all that history. The whole story of the
is pretty fascinating and they, no doubt, hanged
some bad characters such as
Cyrus Skinner, an escaped convict
from California, but also several other men who were thought to have been
innocent, such as
"Red" Yager and
"Clubfoot" George Lane.
But, the greatest amount of time
has been spent in expanding our
Old West Lists. While these don't always turn in
to full-fledged articles, it's a time consuming process to add hundreds of
summaries to our lists of
Old West characters. Still determined to have the
longest list ever, you will see bunches of new additions to our many lists
Women, Explorers, and more. Because the list
become so long, we are splitting some of them up and adding more lists,
including our newest -- Frontiersmen & Pioneers, and there
will more later. Also coming, is
an index to virtually every notable person in the
Talk about a big job -- this will take a while.
bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.
Drive Home a Point!
Life is not about
how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.
enemies. It messes with their heads.
Don't squat with
your spurs on.
t is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the
Before eating, always take time to thank the
If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge
Featured Travel Destination
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico - 1,000 Years of History -
Just two miles north of the city of Taos,
stands the centuries old Taos
Pueblo, one of the longest continually inhabited
communities in the United States.
Archaeologists have found
evidence that the Taos Valley has been inhabited as far back as 3,000 B.C. and
prehistoric ruins, dating from 900 A.D., can be seen throughout the area. However,
Pueblo is thought to have been built between 1000 and 1450
A.D. and appears today much like it did a millennium ago, linking today’s Native
Americans with those early residents of years ago.
Built by the Northern
Tiwa tribe, the pueblo is
made entirely of adobe – a combination of earth mixed with straw and
water, and then either poured into forms or made into sun-dried bricks to
build walls that are often several feet thick.
The first Europeans
to see the pueblo were Captain Hernando de Alvarado and a detachment
of some 20 soldiers who had been sent by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
to explore what is now northeast
New Mexico in 1540. The name "Taos”
was borrowed from the Spanish word "təo" meaning "village."
Over the years, the pueblo was involved in a number of skirmishes with the
Spanish, Mexicans and U.S. Troops.
The settlement of Taos, which grew up around
the pueblo, soon grew in importance as a trading center and by the early
1800's, was called home to a number of famous mountain men, including
Carson, Smith Simpson, and Ceran St. Vrain.
Tiwa people and the
moved on into the future with the rest of the American West, but continue to
maintain many of the native traditions, cultures and customs, especially within
the pueblo walls. Though the pueblo buildings have been updated to include
doors, windows, it continues to look very much as it did throughout its long
history and does not allow modern utilities such as plumbing and electricity.
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The Old West
and More! - Well, as I obviously spend the vast amount
of my time writing, I obviously love words, and especially those of the
You can find a lot of material along those lines on the website including
Words of the Old West, which includes actual statements made by many
of those colorful characters, as well as
Native American Quotes by heroic and famous Indians. From those
first residents of our nation, we've also published some insightful wisdom
you'll find on our
Proverbs pages. You'll also find bucket loads of
Western Slang & Phrases, a little bit of
Old West Wisdom,
and on a lighter note, a few