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Legends Letter November 2013


Fall Color across the street from our home just outside Warsaw, Missouri

Fall Color across the street back in October


Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll! It's that time of year to fill up on Turkey, dressing and all the fixin's. I've always loved this holiday so I was pleased when Kathy agreed to host the family Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year. However, the "fixin's" part is a debate around our menu planning.


I grew up in the Texas Panhandle with parents from Central Texas. Every Thanksgiving I can remember involved one key ingredient... Black Olives. I can remember with great glee heading to Papa and Granny's, or Grandma's house for the holiday. Waking up on Thanksgiving morning and plopping down in front of the TV to watch the Macy's Parade, anticipating the hours before Thanksgiving Dinner when all the platters of goodies were spread about to keep us out of the kitchen.


On each of those platters, whether at my Granny's or my Grandmother's, there were those big juicy black olives. I felt very lucky if they were pitted, but pits or not, would make it my mission to continually find reasons to pass by the platter. It did become a little cumbersome if they weren't pitted, because then I had to find access to a trash bin, which was usually in the kitchen, and I dared not alert anyone to my massive olive addiction. Didn't matter though, as soon enough someone would come out exclaiming how the black olives keep disappearing. Luckily for me there always seemed to be replacements.


By the time the actual feast rolled around I barely had room for the Turkey, but always made some for the mashed taters and giblet gravy, which included black olives as a key ingredient. Yes friends, I was in olive heaven. And for some strange reason, Thanksgiving seemed to be the only major holiday I can remember that included that juicy deliciousness.


Fast forward to my life with Kathy, or should I say, the black olive hater. "No one makes giblet gravy with black olives, those things are nasty!" I was shattered, demoralized and in great distress over her words. No black olives on the shopping list? How could that be? However, with every great partnership there is compromise. I've agreed to leave them out of the fixin's and she's agreed to put them on the list. And so it is, on each Thanksgiving, you will find me watching the Macy's Day Parade... with an opened can of plump, juicy, ripe black olives... pitted of course.




Enough about the olives already. There's plenty going on in our world, including the fact that today we are announcing the winners of our 10th Anniversary photo contest (see below). Want to thank everyone who entered and voted. We also especially thank all of you, our newsletter readers, for keeping us motivated on this hobby turned business of ours. We love hearing from you and truly appreciate your support.


Legends' General Store Booth, Warsaw, MissouriWe are changing a bit of our focus in our "online" Legends' General Store, moving some items to a local booth at an antique mall here in Warsaw. These were the things that just didn't present well "on-line", or didn't fit with our overall products, but the kind of things that do well when you can actually see and touch them. Of course, we've added in some of our other stuff including prints and postcards. If you're ever in the Warsaw area, check out our new "Storefront" booth space located in the Old Curiosity Shop at 406 W. Main Street.


Real Oak Wine Barrel Sign from Legends' General StoreOf course, that doesn't mean a lot to most of you who aren't passing through, but we still have plenty of great shopping online at Legends' General Store and Legends' Photo Print shop. We've added some really neat personalized gifts, including real oak wine and whisky barrel signs that you can put your name and established year on. Several designs to choose from and they are about 20 inches round and 2 to 3 inches thick. An excellent gift for that someone special on your list, or for decorating your own home.


Meanwhile, in our Photo Print Shop, we're still busy revamping our "collections" and have some exciting new partnerships to crow about. We'll talk about that under "New Additions" below.


Again, Kathy and I both want to thank you for the past 10 years. It's been a truly wonderful experience in no small part because of you, our readers. Have a blessed Holiday Season full of peace and...Black Olives!


Dave Alexander - Turkey cutter and olive hoarder



In this Edition:


New Additions and Featured Stories


Winners Announced


The American Thanksgiving


Featured Product


Feedback and Suggestions




More to See:


Legends General Store - Supporting our website since 2003


Legends Photo Prints - Our growing gallery of Vintage and Modern images available in various print sizes. Shop, or just enjoy browsing.


Legends Travel Blog - Follow us on our travels and catch special announcements.


Legends Facebook Page - Daily posts of all things American History.


Ghost Towns of the American West Facebook Page - Occasional posts of all things Ghost Towns.


Native American History Facebook Page - Occasional posts of all things Native American


Legends' Photo Prints Facebook Page


Legends on Twitter


Legends of Kansas - Our website dedicated to the state Legends was born in.




Legends' Gift Certificates

Having a hard time deciding what to give this holiday? Give a gift certificate from either Legends General Store, OR Legends Photo Print Shop. Just click HERE!

New Additions and Featured Stories  


Kathy and I are excited about recent changes to our Photo Print Shop and the addition of yet another excellent Photographer. As you may recall, back in late June we announced the addition of Jim Hinckley's America. Now, "Through the Lens of Fisk" brings you the sharp eye and perspective of David Fisk.


A native Texan and now longtime Oklahoman, Fisk has been an Editor, writer and photographer for newspapers in Texas and Oklahoma since he first picked up a camera about 1970, and has a knack for finding interesting perspectives in his photography.


Fisk is working on a couple of photo book projects and in February 2014 his book "Legendary Locals of Edmond" will be published by Arcadia Publishing Company. Like Jim Hinckley's collection, "Through the Lens of Fisk" will continue to grow over the coming months, so check back often.

Jim Hinckley and David Fisk

Jim Hinckley left, and David Fisk on the right together somewhere along Route 66.

Native American Wisdom

It's better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightening in the hand - Apache

Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins. - Cheyenne

Man's law changes with his understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit remain always the same. - Crow


A people without a history is like the wind over buffalo grass. - Sioux


Every animal knows more than you do. - Nez Perce



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Old West Trivia

The Colt Peacemaker, the weapon that became known as "the gun that won the West" was a .45-caliber manufactured by Colt's Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut in 1873. At the time it sold for $17.00.



We have also re-branded our "Vintage Photos Of America" Facebook fan page, renaming it simply "Legends Photo Prints" to better reflect our overall goal of bringing more than just daily posts of vintage photos, but also some of the unique scenes from across America today.

As we get into the holiday season, Legends' Photo Print shop provides a wide selection of everything Old West, Native American, Ghost Towns, Route 66, and much more, in print sizes to fit all budgets and tastes. In addition to our prints, you'll find that you can choose your favorite photo to be put on a wide variety of products. Buttons, T-Shirts, iPad Cases, iPhone Cases, cutting boards and much more! To select products, on the photo you like simply choose "Buy", then "Select Products". You can also add matting and frames to prints with a wide selection to choose from.

It's not all photos to talk about though, as Jim Hinckley continues to contribute to our "American Automotive History" stories. Selling The Sizzle - Part One  is about the world of marketing, advertising, and sales, substance often takes a back seat to perception. Jim Hinckley looks at the early days of Selling The Sizzle in the Auto Industry.

We've also added up stories on the history of Veterans Day. Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11 has become an observance for more than just those who died in World War I.

In our Old West stories, Tom Horn - Wyoming Killer for Hire explores the man who would become nationally known as a killer for hire in Wyoming and whose legend would prove lasting in Old West lore. We've also added up the story of the Great Chicago Fire, and one you may not even know about, The Peshtigo Firestorm of 1871, which is the deadliest fire in United States History, killing up to 2,500 and leaving 1.2 million acres destroyed around Peshtigo Wisconsin. It happened on the same night at the Great Chicago Fire, which overshadowed it in the news of the times.

You can see all the latest additions on our What's New Page HERE!

Winners Announced in our 10th Anniversary Photo Contest  


Kathy and I had a lot of fun going through all the entries to our 10th Anniversary Photo Contest, and there were some tough decisions trying to whittle that down 10 finalists. That's why we left it up to you, our readers, to decide which three would be our winners. Thank you for voting!


And the winners are...drum role please.....


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What our readers are saying about Legends Of America.

What a fascinating website. Being an Aussie who's traveled some of these areas, finding it enthralling. - Margaret in Australia

I am a huge history buff! I find this page absolutely wonderful! Keep the pictures and historical info coming! - Yolanda in Idaho

3rd Place


Antelope Canyon, AZ by Albert Hall

Albert Hall - Antelope Canyon, AZ

2nd Place


Bodie Door by Debby Sanchez

Debby Sanchez - Bodie, CA Door

1st Place


Church on the Prarie Near Havre Montana, Albert Hall

Albert Hall - Church on the Prairie Near Havre, MT

Congratulations to our winners! How about that Mr. Hall!! Our readers liked him enough to give him two prizes. Thanks again for all your entries and votes. Debby and Albert, we'll be in touch real soon to work out the details of your prize packages.


Dave and Kathy

The American Tradition of Thanksgiving  


The first Thanksgiving in 1621The way we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States today is not without its controversies and debates, but it remains a time for Americans to give thanks for the Fall harvest, good fortune and blessings from God. The idea of celebrating the harvest pre-dates the Pilgrims with origins that can be traced back to Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Even Native Americans annually celebrated their harvest long before Europeans or the Spanish ever arrived on the North American Continent.


In America, although we recognize the Pilgrims three day feast at Plymouth in October of 1621 as the first Thanksgiving in the new world, celebrations can be found dating back to the 1500's. 

In fact, Palo Duro Canyon, just south of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle, was host to Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado who led 1,500 men in a Thanksgiving celebration in May of 1541.

In 1959 the Texas Society Daughters of the American Colonists commemorated the event as the real "first Thanksgiving."


Other Thanksgiving celebrations have been noted, including French colonists in what is now Jacksonville Florida in June of 1564, English settlers who joined Abnaki Indians in Maine for a harvest feast and prayer meeting in August of 1607, and Jamestown Colonists who celebrated the arrival of food supplies in the Spring of 1610 after a harsh Winter that generated famine that decimated the settlers.


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I've researched Doc and Wyatt for many many years. Information on this site has been amazing. Thank you so much for creating this site for many people that are enthused about life in the ole west like me. - James in Alaska


Being Native American it is so nice to be able to read and learn the history of our people...Thank You - JoJo in California


Love your site. The information needed for a beginner or experienced traveler. We are planning on going full time in the short future and need all the info we can get to have safe and pleasant traveling. Again Thank you. This is great reading. - Ken in Canada



Did you know? That you can see daily stories, from the Old West to Route 66, on our Legends Facebook Page? With our Good Guy and Bad Guy of the week spotlights, travel destinations and Quirky Saturday, it's a daily dose of Legends sure to please!


Feedback and Suggestions  


We always appreciate feedback about the website and our newsletter. Do you have a suggestion about content that you would like to see, or perhaps, would like to contribute a photograph or a story? We would love to hear about it! We also want to hear about suggestions for improvement. See a link that doesn't work or a picture that doesn't appear -- please let us know. Just drop us a line at our Email address and tell us what you think.


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Dave Alexander
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