Yikes, yikes, yikes. Thanksgiving is
already past and it's time for Christmas shopping!!
I feel like I've haven't even caught up from
Halloween and all the spook stories, and now the holidays are upon us!
Speaking of spook stories, thanks to all of
you who participated in our Most Haunted poll. Now, you'll find
all kinds of tales on those places that you think are the most
haunted in the
For Most Haunted Cities in the
American West, ya'll say that
Tombstone is the most haunted with
coming in a close second. Here are the full results:
And, for Most Haunted Places in the
Mary, Long Beach,
St James Hotel ,
Island, San Francisco,
Whaley House, San Diego,
Place Market ,
Antonio Train Tracks,
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego,
Read about these haunted places plus a whole
bunch more by visiting our
something you've all been asking for -
Vintage Photographs of the Old West! Well, maybe not
everyone, but I get dozens of emails asking where I found the
photos, can they get copies, prints, etc. Now, you can at
our new online
Photo Print Shop. These ship fast - great idea for the hard to
buy-for history buff! See more at right.
On a personal note, can I toot my horn for a
minute? I'm celebrating one whole year of being unemployed!!
Ok, well Legends of America
is not exactly eating bonbons and watching soap operas everyday --
'specially when you consider it's a "one man show." But, it's
still a struggling "new" business and sometimes I wonder how I made it
for a full year. But, I did it!!! And, I'm never, never,
ever going back to a "real job!"
In the meantime, I'm sure you'all have just
as busy a month coming up as we do. Thanksgiving saw us in the
Next we have a Christmas party in Newport Beach,
then Dave's son's wedding here in Kansas City, and a short stay at the
Great Wolf Lodge here in the hometown over the holidays. Stay
tuned for more updates and tales of our travels. P.S. Dave
and I have set a date for the wedding - July 1st next summer!!
Happy holidays to all of you!!!
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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:
Vintage Photos of the Old West
The Queen Mary in Longbeach, California
Questions From Our Readers
Featured Book - Eldorado: The California Gold Rush
The Dodge City Gang
Glen Rio - A Route 66 Casualty
Back on the
More Route 66
New Additions to Legends of
for those of you that know me, and even those that don't, but have been
reading the website and the
for a while, you know that I tend to be a little obsessed sometimes.
It's like, I start one story and ohmagosh, it keeps going and going and
going. So, this latest obsession began when I wanted to write up
some Fun Facts &
Trivia for Washington state.
Did you know that it is
against the law to ride an ugly horse in Wilbur,
Ok, well I figured I'd do
Facts too -- some informational facts and a lot of trivial stuff
like living with the knowledge that in Arcadia,
peacocks have the right of way to cross any street. I'm enamored
with useless facts and trivia. Anywho, while looking up
trivia, I just kept bumping into
movie stars, and famous people. So, the next thing ya know, I've
Enough of that silliness! I promised
you some related stories for the nominations and winners of the Haunted
Poll, so you'll see new tales on
Denver, including the
Palace Hotel and the
and ghostly apparitions in
Certainly, I couldn't forget that road of all roads -
Route 66 .
More 66 Ghosts,
Navajo County Courthouse in
Haunting of the Gilcrease Museum in
hunting enthusiasts, I found a couple of
Bucket Mine and the
Cursed Treasure of Columbia City. Even if you're not a
hunter, these tales often provide glimpses of the
Stay tuned, more to come on
Last but not least, and living up to our
name, we have added a whole new section entitled
& Campfire Tales of the American West. Here, you'll find
legends of sea monsters, headless horsemen, ghosts,
tales, and more! The folklore of the West is endless, so this will, no
doubt, go on for a while, but here's just a few stories to start: the
Train of Marshall Pass, the
Waters of Oregon, and
What our readers are saying about Legends
writing a video script about a high-level executive (from
who's retiring. Your site is invaluable, brilliant
really. Thanks so much. - John
I love the website it is very informative
and for a history nut like myself who is stuck in an office most of
the time, it is a godsend. One day I plan to visit some of the
locations you have mentioned here and I will report back any findings!
Thanks for such a wonderful sight. - Amanda from Florida
Just wanted to say that i loved the
artwork on this page. - Lynne from North Wales
I enjoyed your site.
Very informative and brings back many pleasant memories of my long ago
America's Highway to the West. Thank you. - Nikos from
Tell us what you think!
Featured Travel Destination
Mary in Long Beach, California
Coming in at #2 of our most haunted places
American West is the
Mary in Longbeach,
Some even say that this luxury ocean liner turned hotel and museum, just
might be one of most haunted places in the world.
Beginning her life as one of the fastest
trans-Atlantic ships of her time in 1936, her luxurious accommodations
soon attracted the likes of
Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Greta Garbo,
Clark Gable, David Niven, Mary Pickford, George and Ira Gershwin, and
Sir Winston Churchill, just to name a few.
However, just three years after her maiden
voyage, in 1939, World War II broke out, bringing an immediate stop to
her luxurious cruises. Soon, the luxury liner was "drafted" into
the war and re-outfitted as a troopship, where she would carry some
troops and travel more than 600,000 miles before the war ended.
In 1947, she once again continued her
glamorous cruises, but within years, air travel replaced ocean liners as
the favored choice of travelers. The
hung on until 1967, when she was purchased by the
city of Long
California, for use as a maritime museum and hotel.
though fully restored, retains its vintage decor of the past. And,
that's not the only thing it retains. Reportedly, some 150 ghosts
continue to wander on this historic ship. Some of these spirits
allegedly remain just to continue their good times, while others
seemingly relive more tragic pieces of their past.
Whether looking for a ghost or a glimpse at
the vintage past, the
is a "must see" if your in the
Questions From Our Readers
Could you please tell me what the word
"high-grader" means? That is the label that Mr. Wolcott gives the
hired German and Cornish miners in the television series
and which seems to refer to their stealing of Mr. Hearst's gold but I
can't seem to find this word in any dictionaries.
Answer: In the
mining camps of the
a "high-grader" was a man who appropriated any big nuggets which he saw
in the sluice boxes. Alternately, a "pennyweighter," was a miner
who stole only very small amounts.
How did you come across this name?
The website started as a personal page.
When I wanted to upgrade to a full blown site I just started thinking
about what I was writing about and tried several different names to see
if they were available. Walla! -- Legends of America!
Featured Guides and Books
- The California Gold Rush
by Dale L. Walker
With the exception of the call to arms in the North and South in 1861,
no moment of nineteenth-century America was more electrifying than the
shout, "GOLD ON THE AMERICAN RIVER!" first heard in San Francisco in the
spring of 1848. Within a year, tens of thousands of dreamers from around
the world were making their way to the vast territory on the Pacific.
All routes to San Francisco, gateway to the goldfields, were
lengthy---six months on average---arduous, and dangerous: over land from
frontier and across the Rockies and Sierra Nevada; through the fever
jungles of Panama to the Pacific; or 15,000 sea miles around Cape Horn.
HERE to find out more about this book.
Bumper Sticker Wisdom
Guns don't kill people, drivers with cell
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because
he knows where all the bad girls live.
The Old West
Dodge City Gang of New Mexico
Though one might think to find a notorious
group of desperadoes known as the "Dodge
City Gang" somewhere in
that wasn't the case in the summer of 1879. Called the
Dodge City Gang
because so many of its members had earned reputations for violent
behavior in the western cow towns of
the group "conveniently" arrived in
at a time when law in the the fledgling city was virtually non-existent.
It was the first year that
Santa Fe trains steamed into
the territory, bringing with it a whole host of gamblers, ruffians,
thieves and painted ladies. Arriving along with the rest of the
unsavory characters, the
Dodge City Gang soon set
themselves up as the new "law" in town, with a character named
"Hoodoo Brown" Neill, acting as Justice of the Peace. Hand-
picking his peace-officers, the "law" in
Las Vegas, comprised of
John Joshua (J.J.)
Dave" Mather, Joe Carson,
Dave" Rudabaugh, who were, in actuality, as lawless as the rest.
Dodge City Gang soon became
firmly in control of a criminal cartel, policing the railroad terminus
for new arrivals and terrorizing the city for the next two years. During
this time, numerous stages and trains were robbed, organized
cattle rustling was rampant, and the gang used their "authority" to
lynch those that opposed them.
In one month alone, some
29 men were killed in the
The crime rate became so
bad, it prompted
Territorial Governor, to declare:
tough a bunch of bad men as ever gathered outside a penal institution."
By April, 1880,
had had enough and formed a
Committee, who threatened to hang anyone found breaking the law.
Dodge City Gang
finally settled down.
Glenrio - One
More Route 66 Casualty
Straddling the border between
New Mexico is the forgotten
Glenrio. Once a monument
along the boom and bust highway of
it now remains home to only the critters and the blowing tumble weeds of
the vast prairie.
In 1901 the
Rock Island and Pacific Railroad came through the area and two years
was born. The name
which stems from the English word "valley” and the Spanish word for
river, is neither in a valley nor along a river.
had a hotel, a hardware store, and a land office, as well as several
grocery stores, service stations, and cafes. A newspaper, the
Tribune, was published from 1910 to 1934. There were no bars
Texas side of the community,
since Deaf Smith County was dry, and no service stations on the
New Mexico side because of that
state's higher gasoline tax.
prosperity of the 1920s politicians and entrepreneurs decided that
America needed a national highway system, and a decade later
was born. In 1938, just months after the final pavement through
Llano Estacado (the Staked Plains)
Route 66 was finished, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath
was filmed in
Glenrio for three weeks.
In 1955, the
small town suffered a severe blow when the Rock Island Depot was closed.
But, the town was doomed to extinction when Interstate 40 was built,
bypassing the small community.
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