am I stuffed! Enough turkey and dressing and mashed potatoes and
noodles and green bean casserole, and homemade rolls, and more turkey,
and punkin' pie and pecan pie, and, and, and, ad nauseum. Should
be runnin' around the block or ridin' my bike up a mountainside, but the
most energy I got for exercising is in these lil' ole' fingers here. In the meantime, I truly hope you'll had a great Turkey Day!
Well, that's today. The rest of this last
week, I've been havin' another one of my little parties! Yup, got
another coup when Earthlink mentioned our lil' ole' website in their
newsletter. I think it was bigger than when Yahoo made us their
pick of the day!
Geez, Louise, I don't know how many people
they send that newsletter to, but as I was just sittin' here writing
away, I suddenly began to hear that "swooshing" noise that my email
makes when I get a new email, and it was going off about every 30
seconds. Lots and lots of new people visiting the website, sending
me emails, signing the
and subscribing to the
My goodness gracious, the next day when I checked, I had more than
20,000 visitors in a single day!!
Hey, thanks Earthlink!! And welcome
aboard to all of our new Earthlink readers!!!
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
Flagstaff - City of Seven Wonders
Christmas In The Old West
Old West Words & Phrases
Coming Next Month:
St. Joseph, Missouri
Arizona Ghost Towns
New Old Tyme Recipes
A Coupla' Christmas Links:
North Pole Christmas
New Additions to Legends of America
Ready for Christmas? Gonna sneak up and bite you if you're not! Which brings me to what I've spent the last month on -- building up the
Legends' General Store! Have you taken a look lately? We've got a bucket load of new products! From the
Chuckwagon, we got old fashioned soups, breads, dips and more! From the
Country Store, you can find a new
Apothecary (that's a "fancy" for pharmacy) products -- bath, health,
beauty products and such. The
Store also features a variety of
vintage toys, stuff for the home
and more. We also gathered up some items just for the holidays -
check out "A Lil' Bit of Christmas." At our new and updated
Mother Road Emporium, you'll find a boodle of new stuff, including
what we're most proud of -- our very own line
products. We call them
Kickin' Asphalt on Route 66! Check them out, they're great! (well,
we think so anyway)
Ok, ok, it's not all about the
Legends' General Store. In order to get in the Christmas
spirit I wrote a new article titled,
Christmas. Every wonder how those old time settlers and
cowboys celebrated? Well, now you can read all about it.
After Halloween, we continued to get a bunch
of feedback on our
legends and took a visit to
Sallie's House in haunted
Sallie - the Heartland Ghost, has been featured on such shows as
Sightings, Unsolved Mysteries and more. Though we think
the ghost is gone from there now, you can check out our update. We
also heard, from one of our readers, about a haunting at the
Arizona. So, that obviously led to writing about the City of Seven Wonders (
as well as doing our own research on the ghost of the
Museum Club. Finally, we got a hair-raising story from one of our readers about the
Haunted Bethlehem Cemetery in St. Louis,
Check it out!
Remember last month I was on a
frenzy? Well, it's always something, and this month, it's a
book frenzy. You see, I had a bunch of books on the
Old West, and
Ghostly Legends, but what of our
Treasure Tale Fans,
ghost town enthusiasts, and
Route 66'rs? Well, I've rectified that situation and now
everyone should have a book or two that suits their fancy! p.s. I
gave my bookstore a silly name - I call it the
In the meantime, I better get back to
Kickin' Asphalt ! See ya next month!
What our readers are saying about Legends
What a great website. Having been born and
Colorado, I miss living there. Your site has filled a void. I
look forward to visiting often. - Barbara
Hi, This is my first visit to your website! I absolutely love it. I have just spent almost two hours going
treasure hunting articles. They are the most captivating
stories, whether true or not, that I have read in years. I am 56
years old, and not in very good health, but it makes me want to grab a
rock hammer and head for the hills again! You never know, I just MIGHT!
This is a fascinating website. I love
this kind of history; the
offbeat, as you say,
quirky stuff. I will visit this website often! Thank
you. - Linda
I wish I had more
time right now to read everything on your website, I am fascinated by
Stories as well. I will be back to visit often! - Naomi
Tell us what you think!
Featured Travel Destination
Flagstaff, Arizona - City of Seven Wonders
-- Sitting in the midst of the
Coconino National Forest,
is surrounded by the Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, Walnut Canyon,
Wupatki National Monument, Sunset Crater National Monument, and the San
Francisco Peaks. This quaint and charming city well deserves its
moniker as the
Seven Wonders and then some!
From prehistoric pueblos, to cliff
dwellings, to a volcano and a meteor crater, 100 year old trading posts,
Route 66 icons, and a ski resort,
is way more than a stop over on your journey to another
is a destination, in and of itself!
Plan on spending at least a week in this
historic area as you take a side trip to Wupatki National Monument where
you can see 800 year old prehistoric pueblos. Then see some 700
year old cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument. Take
a spiritual quest to nearby Sedona,
and a "must see" side trip to the Grand Canyon, just some 75 miles
Settle back into
to explore dozens of vintage
motels providing numerous photographic opportunities, and put your boots
on to catch some great live country music at the historic
where you might just run into a ghost. And, don't forget your
metal detector when visiting
Flagstaff! Dozens of hidden
are said to be buried in the vicinity.
From Legends' General Store
66 Bumper Stickers - Show the
world your enthusiasm and support of
with our new
Route 66 Bumper Stickers!
Made of durable vinyl and measuring a generous 10" x 3" these stickers are
made for adding style to any surface. Printed using UV resistant inks
means no fading in the sun or bleeding in the rain. Click
HERE to see them all!
Featured Travel Guides and
in the Old West, by Sam Travers
Far away from the tinsel, eggnog, and colorfully wrapped packages of
civilized life in the East, explorers, mountain men, and pioneers
usually celebrated Christmas with homemade gifts and humble fare.
Christmas in the Old West: A Historical Scrapbook, a mosaic of
stories, reminiscences, recipes, photographs, newspaper clippings,
magazine advertisements, and more, brings alive the spirit of Christmas
on the American frontier.
Bumper Sticker Wisdom
Santa’s Elves Are Just A
Bunch Of Subordinate Clauses
My Idea of a White Christmas
is a White Sand Beach
is not a date. It is a state of mind.
Why does Scrooge
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Because every buck is dear to him
Quirky Amarillo, Texas - Yes, I know that a lot of you are aware
Cadillac Ranch, a
icon. Built by eccentric millionaire, Stanley Marsh, the
Ranch stops travelers everyday on their way west of
Texas. But, did ya know about Marsh's other eccentric art? From mesas
that look they're floating in the air, to football field size pool
tables that are constantly moving, to an array of road signs that
say things like "Pigsty" and "Up To Her Armpits In Legs",
provides some quirkiness that is for sure worth checking out!
Widow Mine in Basin, Montana - Who could
possibly figure that people actually submit themselves to high level
radioactive waves? Well, at the
Widow Mine, they not only "submit" but come in flocks to partake of
the "healing effects" of atomic radiation that is
175 times the federal
safety standard for houses. Got arthritis or another chronic
disease that just can't be healed. Hustle on up to Basin,
and get it all fixed up!
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The Old West
Old West Words & Phrases - What in the
world is a
crowbait, or a
hoosegow? What about a
pecker pole, a
curly wolf, or a
poppet? What would you rather be? -- "roostered"
snakes?" Well, depending on your point of view, you might want
to be both! When is a
coffee boiler not something to make coffee in? When you're in
West!! Back then, a shirker or a lazy person was often called
Boiler," 'cuz they'd rather sit around the coffee pot than
pitch in and help.
Are you ever watching an old western
or maybe reading an
Old West book, and just can't
figure out what in the world they're talkin' about. Then you go
look it up in a dictionary and, of course, it isn't there? Well, we've
compiled a whole list of these old time words, so now you'll know.
You know, the weirdest thing is, I
grew up in West
I was using a lot of these words when I was "between
the hay and the grass," and
many of them, I continue to use today. Now,
I'm either showin' my age, or perhaps just ignorance, but geez, I sure
already knew what a lot of those words meant.
Come to think of it, back when I was working
in New York City here a few years back, I now understand why those folks
didn't think I was "cuttin'
too much of a swell" when I first met them. Shoot, they'd come
into my office and ask me to go to lunch maybe, and I'd say somethin'
to finish this up, I'll be there
directly." Then, they'd just stand there with a look of "shindy"
on their face and "shin
out." I'd go meet them for lunch and they'd be long gone. Well, I "pulled
in my horns" and didn't "take
on" about it, and after a time they began to "cotton
to" me. Ended up working in "the
old states" for about eight months.
Legends of America is
heading to ......
From one of our new readers,
Will you be letting us know where you are going so we can keep tabs
of you on our map?
Great idea Carol!! Here's what's in store:
- One of the most historic cities in the state - home of the Pony
Express and the place where
66. Exploring the
with side trips everywhere in between, I'm sure to come back with a
bucket load of new articles and photographs!
My Vision: One of these days,
I'm gonna get me a big fat sponsor, like Winnebago, National RV,
Fleetwood or someone like that and roll across the country with
Legends of America and
my sponsor emblazoned across the side of the RV. Can't ya
just see it? Whadda ya think?
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