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Eye, yie, yie, I've been remiss on these
so we've got a lot to catch up on -- unfortunately, at a time that
nobody has any time. Nonetheless, here it is!!
We've been super busy the last few months
with growing the website - and oh my gosh is it growing! We're now have
about 3,000 pages, 10,000 photographs and average about 9 million hits
every month. Now, that's not visitors, but every time someone clicks on
something on our site. Anyway -- it's a bunch! We've also been working
real hard to expand our
Print Shop - one of the fastest growing areas on
Legends of America.
Here, you'll find a bucket load of new photos on everything from
to lawmen, to the
historic places and more. These make great gift for the history buff
and beautiful decorations for your home. Check them out
Plus the holidays always keep us busy
shipping out a whole bunch of
And so what do we do in the midst of all this business, but plan a two
week vacation to Mexico. Crazy!!
Was thinking it would be a true "vacation"
if I was out of the country and not tempted to go visit every little
surrounding town, museum or historic site. Plus, no fast speed
internet, so how could I work?
Wished I woulda!! Paradise was
miserable! I've been to Puerta Vallarta two times previously and
loved it, but not anymore! Yes, it's still beautiful. Yes, it's still
wonderful weather. Yes, I got a great tan. But....... not without
someone trying to sell me a timeshare, a piece of jewelry, or a beach
dress every single place we went! There's not a restaurant,
lounge, beach view, excursion, or any other destination that one can
escape the constant onslaught of vendors loudly hawking their wares.
Well, I guess I coulda stayed in the room the whole time. And, to top it
off - nothing is cheaper there anymore, any more than it is right here
at home! Relieved when it was over, I just had to come back so I
could get a vacation from our vacation!!
Nope, never again! "working" as I tour
taking photographs in
visiting a museum in
-- now that's a vacation!! More fun, more relaxing and besides,
I'm too old for getting a tan!!
Anyway, we're back on U.S. soil and staying
here!! Guess I better get busy with what I do best, huh?
Oh, yeah and Happy Holidays to all!!
In the meantime, I truly hope you enjoy the
newsletter and the website!!
Kathy Weiser, Owner/Editor
In this Edition:
The Old West
When you do a good deed, get a receipt, in
case heaven is like the IRS.
Reality? That's where the pizza delivery guy
If We Quit Voting, Will They All Go Away?
According to my
calculations, the problem doesn't exist.
New Additions to Legends of
Since, it's been a while since our last
update, you'll find tons of new stuff here - most notably -- on the
Civil War .
Now, what can I say about that important part of our history that hasn't
already been said? Nothing!
That's why, instead of rewriting what's
already been written thousands of times, I've found some of the best and
most interesting material from old books and newspapers, as well as
information on specific campaign battles from the National Park Service
and organized it here for your reading pleasure. And, of course, jazzed
it up with great photographs. Check out a few of these interesting
Hardtack and Coffee,
Private in Battle,
Guilty Deserter. You'll also find information on
Civil War Battle Campaigns including the
Peninsula, and the
Maryland Campaigns. You'll also find a
War Timeline to help you straighten out all those dates and
War Facts & Trivia for those of you that just want to skim the
Along with the
Civil War ,
you'll also find updates to our
of American History which include several noteworthy men of the
Nathan Bedford Forrest,
Ulysses S. Grant,
Robert E. Lee,
George B. McClellan, and many more.
And, this is
just a start. Hold tight as keep filling in the gaps of this conflict
that tore our nation apart. Of course, to go along with all the
articles, you'll find bucket loads of new
War photographs available for photographic prints
You'll also find
some "new" historic information on the building of the railroad across
the West, including
Century of Railroad Building and
the Oceans By Railroad. Along with these tales, we've also added up
a bunch of new
For our many fans who are interested in our
Legends, check out these new articles:
Sleeping With Ghosts in Arizona,
Types of Ghosts,
Awakening Psychic Ability and Mystical Experiences.
And, last but
not least, we would never forget our
West history buffs who will find a bit of
The Code of the West and more
Words of the Old West; as well as lots of
updates to our
Women of the Old West including
Elizabeth Van Lew Bowser, an African-American spy for the Union;
the "Unksinkable" Molly Brown;
Lillie Langtry, the most famous stage name in the
Old West ;
Wakeman, who disguised herself as a man and fought in
the Civil War.
West readers can also learn about the most popular gambling game of the times
Faro, or "Bucking
the Tiger", as well as take a peek at our new
Gamblin' In the Old West Gallery and
Vintage Gambling Prints.
Well, I think that's enough "new" for now,
so I'll be mosyin' on.
Surgeons never washed their hands or
instruments after an operation during the
driving cattle to the market could expect to make between $25 and $40
per month. A Trail Boss might make as much as $125 per month.
first train robbery is believed to have occurred on October 6, 1855 in
Jackson County, Indiana. The two bandits, John and Simeon Reno,
took $13,000 from the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad.
Featured Travel Destination
winter setting in why not take a nice "long" leisurely drive down
Route 66. The
Canyon State's ribbon of the
is one of the most picturesque along the entire route. From
volcanoes, to painted deserts, to lush green forests, and snow topped
mountains, your journey provides numerous scenic photograph
opportunities as well as a wealth of history, great side trips, and a
Route 66 era icons.
Passing through this beautiful state
provides you the opportunity to follow the trail of early pioneers and
outlaws, see historic
and fill your bags with treasures from hundreds of historic trading
posts along the way.
From the eastern
border until you reach
closely follows Interstate 40. From here, the old route veers away from
I-40 on the longest unbroken original stretch of the
Mother Road ,
taking you all the way to the
This historic path will take you by the
Desert and the
Petrified Forest National Park before you come to
where you can explore its notorious
days. Onward, you'll come to a number of noted
icons such as the famous
Trading Post at
before you make sure to stand on the corner in
Continuing to mosey on
down the trail, you will soon spy the Meteor City Trading Post before
running into the
of Two Guns
Time to put your jacket on, you're climbing in elevation and in
you just might run into some snow.
take a ride on the historic train on a side trip to the
Canyon, before continuing on to
Seligman and a ghost town stretch of the old road. Stop at the
Route 66 Association in
before you put your
boots back on and travel to the old mining camp of
Soon your headed south to
Topock, where you will cross the
River to enter the Golden State of
Arizona Route 66
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that really brings back memories. -- John
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way of The Fence Post newspaper, out of Windsor,
I didn't know there is such a place as yours. I'll be visiting again,
and often. -- Hal
All I can say is wow!!
Really enjoyed my first visit to your website. Don't know how I missed
it for so long. All of the content that I have had time to cover is
really interesting and well written. Have put you in my favorites list
and hope to come back often. -- John
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The Old West
Starr -- The Cherokee Bad Boy
During his 32 years
in crime Henry Starr robbed more banks than both the James-Younger Gang
and the Doolin-Dalton Gang put together. He started robbing banks on
horseback in 1893 and ended up robbing his last in a car in 1921.
The Cherokee Badman netted over $60,000 from more than 21 bank
His uncle was the notorious Sam Starr who
was married to
Starr was widely known for her relationship with the notorious
Younger Gang and her criminal escapades through
though, reportedly was not fond of
finding her to be crude and reprehensible, quickly informing anyone who
commented on the relationship, that she was his aunt by marriage only.
By the age of sixteen, while
was working on a ranch near Nowata, in
Indian Territory, he had his
first run-in with the law. As
was driving a wagon to town two deputy marshals caught him with whiskey
and arrested him for "introducing spirits into territory." Though
he plead guilty to the offense, he maintained that he was innocent,
having borrowed the wagon without knowing that the whiskey was in it.
returned to Nowata and continued to work as a
but it wasn’t long before he had another run-in with the law. In
December 1891, he was arrested for stealing a horse, again he denied the
charge, but was locked up at
anyway. His cousin paid his bail and
hit the road, with a warrant for his arrest hanging over his head. After
had made a conscious choice to live on the wrong side of the law.
The warrant for
arrest was given to Deputy Marshals Henry C. Dickey and Floyd Wilson who
were quickly on
Joining up with Ed Newcome and Jesse
Jackson, the gang began to rob stores and railroad depots. Hitting
their first railroad depot right where he lived,
and his gang relieved the Nowata Depot of $1,700 in July 1892. In
November 1892, they hit Shufeldts Store at Lenapah,
Indian Territory taking $300
and in the same month robbed Carter’s Store in Sequoyah,
Indian Territory making off
and his friends soon moved on to bank robbery and over the next 28
Henry would rob some 21 banks.
Though he would serve time in prison and end up making a movie of his
could not live the life an honest man for very long. On Friday morning,
February 18, 1921,
and three companions drove into Harrison,
They entered the People's State Bank and robbed it of $6000. During the
was shot in the back by the former president of the bank, and his
partners fled, leaving him to face the music alone. He was carried to
the jail where doctors removed the bullet. Obviously proud of his
record, he boasted to the doctors on Monday, February 21, 1921 "I've
robbed more banks than any man in America." The next morning he
died as he had lived, in a violent manner, but true to the code of the
outlaws, he never revealed a single partner in any crime. He never
shot anyone in the commission of a crime, and served his time in jail
like a man. He had succeeded where others had failed by robbing two
banks at once, and by robbing more banks than anyone else.
For our Treasure Hunting enthusiasts, some
stolen loot is said to be stashed somewhere along the
Cimarron River in
To read more about the hidden treasure, click
Polishing your pants
on saddle leather don't make you a rider.
Life is simpler when
you plough around the stump.
upstream from the herd.
When you're throwing
your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.
Never let your
yearnin's' get ahead of your earnin's.
and Outlaws, by MacMillan
Villains and Outlaws is a unique reference featuring over one
hundred profiles of notorious characters from antiquity to the present.
Ghosts & Mysteries
of Vallecito Stage Station - Not only is the
Stage Station in San Diego County, a
Historic Landmark, it is also reportedly haunted.
Located on the west side of the forbidding
Colorado Desert, the name "Vallecito"
means "Little Valley," which dates back to the times when the Spaniards
were exploring this vast land. The valley, with its natural spring
and grasslands, was a welcome relief to travelers after crossing the
desert, which they called "The Journey of Death."
Though a welcome relief after days of
exhausting travel through the desert, the stage station also had its
dark side. Like numerous other places of the
the station was witness to murder, robberies, and daily human miseries.
It is from this darker side, that the
station allegedly became haunted by the spirits of those who had met
their death there -- natural or otherwise.
One of the ghostly tales is the specter of
the White Horse of
that allegedly began with a stage robbery long ago.
Usually appearing around midnight, the White
Horse seemingly appears out of nowhere, before galloping through the
sand and disappearing once again.
Two more ghosts who are said to lurk about the old stage station are two
emigrants named Buck and Roland who were allegedly both killed in a duel
with each other.
In the Carrizo Wash area there is supposedly
a phantom stagecoach that has been spied numerous times over the last
century. Pulled by four mules, the ghostly stage lumbers along the old
Butterfield Stage Road carrying no passengers but driven by a spectral
Did You Know?
The deepest river gorge in the North
American Continent is
Hells Canyon - 7,900 feet deep. Yes, it's deeper than the
If you are in a covered wagon in
it is legal to shoot an
Located in a collapsed lave tube in
the Bandera Ice Cave’s temperature never rises above freezing. At
the bottom of the 75 foot deep cave, the ice floor is 20 feet thick,
believed to date back to 1100 B.C.
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