Boo!! everyone. I can't believe it's already October. Time flies
far too quickly, especially when you're busy. Love our work and our lives; but, things of
late have been hectic as we've taken on a couple of new and
very large projects. And, like lots of other small business, we've reached
that point that we really need to hire someone to help; but, just can't do
it yet. We'll keep plugging
away; and, I share this just to explain why you haven't seen a
lately. Unfortunately, they've never been on a "regular" schedule and kind
of get fitted in as time allows. But, don't forget you can get a daily
dose of our " newsletter " on our Facebook Page.
So, what have we been doing?? Well, the first
project, our new
Legends Photo Shop is up and running!! Would love you take
a look and keep on looking cuz' we're always adding more photos.
We also implemented a new online program for
While we've long offered
site, the provider was not well known and charged a fee to our customers.
Now, we've partnered with
Expedia, the largest online travel company in the
world and you can trust making your
reservations on Legends Of America to book not only
can also see
destination guides, and much
more to assist you with your travel planning!
And, we did get back on the road for a bit. At the end of September,
we covered bits and pieces of seven states in ten days, with the goal of
visiting North Dakota, a state neither of us had ever visited.
Though September can be iffy when headed north, our timing was perfect, as
Nebraska, and South Dakota
all had beautiful weather. In
North Dakota, we found dozens of ghost towns and
took lots of photos; but, didn't get to spend as much time as we would have liked
as they have a great big oil boom goin' on up there and few hotel vacancies.
We then headed south; made a quick detour in to
Wyoming to capture Devil's
Tower, and back into South Dakota,
where we welcomed a brand new grandbaby. That's just the best thang about
getting "old." Gotta love them grandkids! Then finally home to Missouri.
You'll begin to see lots of new stories on these many places; but, in the
meantime, see lots of information and photos through the links to the
and Facebook photos provided below under New Additions and Feature
We got our heads
back on straight after a little break. Now, we begin work on a brand new
shopping cart that will hopefully make things a lot easier for our
customers. Whooo-hooooooo, more left-braniac stuff.
until next time, have a great
Photo Freak of the Moment, Butt of Dave's Jokes, "Mother" of a neurotic
Legends Of America
In this Edition:
& Feature Stories
Featured Travel Destination
Notes From the Rocky Mountain General Store
Featured Product - Legends eBay Store
Newsletter Exclusive Savings
More to See:
Legends of America Hits
blog when we
travel or just want to opine.
Facebook Fan Page - Daily posts and photos.
Flicker Photo Page - A growing gallery of our travel photos.
New Additions and Feature
Photo Store continues to feature the many
vintage photographs we've been carrying for several years, as well as
photos taken during our travels. Here, however, you'll
find hundreds more that have been added from our collection -- from
ghost towns to
scenic views, and lots more. Of course, you can still find our vintage
Historic People prints.
I had a little fun with this creating a brand new
Photo Art. Here, I picked out some of my favorite
and manipulated them by adding, taking away from, and moving objects in
the original composition, then posterizing or giving them a water color
effect. Oh, yeah, that was a great break from technical left-brained stuff
to my fave -- creative right braining. More typical "me," you'll find some
fun stuff here including
Wild Wild West, and
Your Town USA.
Photo Store also provides a number of new products
including framing, apparel, canvas wraps, memorabilia, and even "real"
Postage Stamps from our many photos. We would love to hear some feedback
about what you think of the new gallery.
All this photo stuff brought us to some historic
Like William Henry Jackson a painter,
photographer, and explorer, known as the first person to photograph the wonders of
Jackson is one of several you can read about as we expand on
Historic Photographers and Artists in
American History .
Like always, one story leads to another and before you know it I've got
articles of more
such as those who worked for the
Administration during the Great
Dust Bowl Days. These moving photographs were created by of great
and many other talented artists. Stay tuned as we continue to feature
many of the names that have helped to document our great
Read about these stories and more by visiting our What's New Page.
Meanwhile, our trip to
was quick but a blast. If you didn't get a
chance to follow our travels through the
here's some links you may be interested in.
To North Dakota - Are We Out of Missouri Yet?
North Dakota Bound in Pictures
Iowa to South Dakota
Iowa to South Dakota in Pictures
Yankton, SD to Jamestown ND
Yankton, SD to Jamestown ND in Pictures
Jamestown ND to Deadwood SD
Jamestown ND to Bowman ND in Pictures
Bowman ND to Deadwood SD in Pictures
Deadwood, SD to Devils Tower, WY
Deadwood, SD to Devils Tower, WY in Pictures
Our Journey Home
Our Journey Home in Pictures
Money isn’t everything but it
sure keeps the kids in touch
Some of us aren't on vacation
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Featured Travel Destination
took a poll this month via a
Question as to which city in the
West was the most haunted. It's similar to a poll we took with our
2005. And just like that 2005 poll, Tombstone Arizona wins hands
Like so many other places in the
with violent histories,
is said to be one of the most haunted in
The streets of
Tombstone themselves are
said to be the pathways of many a lingering spirit, one of which is the
long dead Marshal Fred White, who was
accidentally shot by
Cowboy faction leader,
Curly Bill Brocius on October 28, 1880. White, the first marshal
Tombstone, had gained the
respect of the
Clanton Gang, and in fact, had
members on a number of occasions, rarely having any problems when doing
so. In the early morning of October 28th,
several of his cohorts were making sport by shooting up the town.
disarm the gunman, a shot was accidentally fired, hitting
groin. Though, it was thought that he would make a full recovery, two
days later he died. Today, he is said to haunt the street in front of
the shooting site, which was an empty lot where the
Bird Cage Theatre
was built a year later.
that of a man moving along in a long black frock coat, has also been
seen on a number of occasions. Crossing the road, the apparition is
often seen near the site where
Virgil Earp was ambushed and shot in the
arm, crippling him for life. The spirit never makes it across the
street, leading many to believe that this may the ghost of
A woman in a long
white dress has also been spied on
Tombstone streets. One
legend tells that she is a fretful mother whose child died from the
yellow fever in the 1880’s, and devastated, she took her own life
later. Another version of the tale claims that she was a brothel madam
who was hanged and continues to stalk to streets in search of her
was not the only cause of numerous deaths during
heydays. Twice it suffered terrible fires, the first in June, 1881 and
a second in May, 1882. During these two infernos, which both wiped out
significant areas of the business district, more than 40 men lost
their lives in the crowded
saloons and brothels that burned to the
ground. These long-dead, suffering men are also said to make
themselves known, appearing complete with drastic burns. Others have
reported the smell of smoke and burning materials when there is no
Read more, including
haunts from the Ok Corral and Boot Hill
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Ghosts of the Tulsa Little Theatre
The Tulsa Little Theatre, located in an unassuming brick building at 15th and
Delaware Streets in
is not only steeped in history, but is also said to be home to several
Built in 1932 by the
Tulsa Little Theatre group, in an extremely plain art nouveau design, the
first show produced in their new building was the Cradle Song.
the beginning, the Little Theatre troupe had no permanent location when it
started offering productions in 1922.
However, they were
undeterred, maintaining that "the show must go on," in any place they
could find – large canvas tents, movie theaters and even at the
American Legion, before they finally found built their permanent home
at 15th and Delaware.
Workshops were held in the storage room of
Palace Clothiers, which later became the location of the Ritz Theater. By 1925, the Little Theatre group numbered over 300 members and began
to perform at the Alhambra Theater at 15th and Peoria. In 1929, the
Little Theatre purchased the property at 15th and Delaware, which
would be its home for the next 60 years. East Lynne, the
first production at their new location was performed in a tent.
depression, the Tulsa Little Theatre continued its performances and in 1932 completed
its permanent building. During the 1930's and '40's, the Delaware
Playhouse, as it became known, was the epicenter of
arts and entertainment scene. Over the years, the theater hosted
hundreds of plays and entertainment events as it went through multiple
directors and saw actors come and go.
In 1965, the theatre
suffered a fire after its third performance of The Women,
resulting in the destruction of stage props, furniture, and costumes. Just a year later, the theatre suffered yet another blaze during the
production of South Pacific. Though the fire destroyed much of
the upstairs property, the theatre persevered.
In 1974, the troupe
changed its name to Theatre Tulsa, Inc. but remained in the art
nouveau location. More than a decade later, in 1989, the
group had outgrown their building and moved to the
Performing Arts Center, where it continues to be the resident company
of the facility.
For the next two years the old theatre
building sat vacant until it finally sold. Over the next decade, the
aging building changed hands several times, and was utilized for
several purposes, including a church, a nightclub, and a recording
What our readers are saying about Legends
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Notes from the Rocky Mountain General Store
We're gearing up for this years Holiday Season, and in
our effort to make your shopping experience with us better, we hope to
open our new online store by Thanksgiving. The new store will bring
you the ability to create your own account, earn rewards, buy gift
certificates, and shop in an even more secure environment. We will
have our own "store"
newsletter that you can sign up for that will keep you informed of specials and new products throughout the year.
Since it's just Kathy and I "constructing" the new Legends
Online store, we have our work cut out for us. So be watching for
announcements via our existing
Rocky Mountain General store page
as we get closer to announcing the Grand Opening.
Meanwhile, we still have plenty of merchandise to browse
through now, including our
Nostalgic Tin Signs,
Route 66 books and more!
These are great gifts for that special someone on your list, even if that
special someone is you!
We continue to get great reviews from our customers. Here are just a few.
Donald in Washington State writes - "My experience was
great with this store and I have already told people about it. I would buy
from this store again without hesitating."
David in Australia writes - "Excellent. I was surprised
at how easy it was to order from you. the book arrived in record time. You
certainly exceeded my expectations."
And Jerrald in Florida says - "Great! Good communication
and the product arrived quickly. Thanks"
Thanks for the great comments. We are committed to
putting customer service as our top priority!
Wrapper of Merchandise, Signer of Thank You Cards and
P.S. - The stick figures in the New Store Coming Soon
picture above are mine. It's supposed to be Kathy and I working on the new
store. Kathy wouldn't be caught dead drawing something that bad.
September 5th, 1847 - Jesse
James is born.
September 11, 2001 - America Attacked by Terrorists
September 13, 1814 - Francis Scott Key composes the Star
Spangled Banner during the battle of Fort McHenry.
September 17, 1862 - Civil War Battle of Antietam.
September 29, 1789 - United States Congress officially creates
the US Military.
October 6, 1866 - The first train robbery in the United States
is performed by the Reno Gang.
October 16, 1859 - John Brown leads the assault on Harpers
October 20, 1803 - The Louisiana Purchase is ratified by the US
October 24, 1861 - The Pony Express ends as the first
transcontinental telegraph system is completed.
October 28, 1919 - Congress Passes the Volstead Act, starting prohibition.
October 31 - Happy Halloween
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