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Hey Ya'll! Hope everyone
had a great
Thanksgiving and much to be thankful
for. As I usually do,
I'm combining up the November and December newsletter into one. At
this time of the year, I know ya'll don't have a lot of time for
reading, and I haven't near enough time for writing.
As promised, you see the picture of Dave and I at the
Halloween Party we attended as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. I did fool at
least one person who really thought I was a man. Not for long though. How
in the heck do you guys with mustaches drink a beer or anything else, for
that matter? Mine was constantly sopping wet.
Driving me crazy, I soon had
to rip it off. When I posted up the photos on Facebook, one friend
had this to say: "Poor Doc,
that TB really effected his chest." Thanks Albert, had to chuckle at that!
After attending the party in the Kansas City area, we then
made way over to Lawrence, Kansas, where the grandkids live. Just had to
see them all dressed up and share a few of their Halloween treats.
Back home in Missouri
it was then time for lots of work, finishing up our new addition to the
house -- painting, moving furniture, organizing, and lots of cleaning.
Still packed in tightly from our move from Kansas City into what
previously served as just a weekend home, the additional closets and
space, as well as having the washer/dryer on the main floor has made a
significant difference in our lives. And, finally, I have my new
office/studio, as well as a bedroom for guests! While my computer was
always handy, I never had enough room for all my books, files, and
research material. And, as to my creative endeavors, the sewing machine,
paints, papers and etc, would usually wind up on a card table in the
living room. Not any more! Now, I can get to all my projects and
As you probably know, we always try to take a winter trip
each year. This year, we've decided to do it differently than in the past.
Before, we would pack up, fly somewhere warm for 7-10 days, rent a car,
stay in a different hotel room every night, and eat every meal out. Now, I
gotta tell ya, those were expensive little ventures. So, I got to
thinking, for the price we pay for just those ten days, we could maybe
drive and plant ourselves somewhere for a longer period. So, this year,
and hopefully, every year in the future, we plan to spend 4-6 weeks
planted somewhere so we can really explore an area without killing
ourselves. This year, our destination is Del Rio, Texas. Located near the
Mexican border about half way between San Antonio and the Big Bend
National Park, we will day trip and take short 2-3 excursions to several
ghost towns, see the Marfa lights, visit Judge Roy Bean's old place at Langtry, stroll through the Alamo, and much more.
Not to worry, we did the
research on that part of the border with Mexico. It's safe and we won't be
crossing over. We've rented a two bedroom apartment, are taking our dog,
and it's just great to know that we can eat at "home" and not have to pack
everything up each night. Not to mention, Missouri is mighty cold in
More on all that in January. In the meantime, Dave and I
truly wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Well, despite the fact that we've been busy with the
house, we've also got lots of new material for you to take a look
at. Continuing our tentative explorations into the "Old
(back east), we've got just a wee bit on
History of the Blue Grass
of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth,
Kentucky was originally
a part of the state of Virginia. Once a noted hunting ground of the
it was continuously inhabited as early as 1,000 B.C. to about 1650, AD
we just had to add up old
In the mid 1700's the English colonists lived
almost entirely between the Alleghany Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. This
continued to be their narrow boundaries up to the beginning of the Revolutionary
War. However, by the end of the war, the western boundary extended to the
Mississippi River and
a number of pioneers and backwoodsmen began to move westward. One of the
most noted of these pioneers was Daniel Boone.
Frontiersman, pioneer, surveyor and Indian Fighter,
would blaze the trail known as the Wilderness Road in 1775.
Delving more into
especially in light of the fact that 2011 is the
(150th Anniversary), of the beginning of this
terrible conflict, we will be adding many new stories, beginning
with one on the
While we can't bring you all of the events and activities of the
commemoration (that would be a website in and of itself,) we do
provide you with links to sites that do. In the meantime, we've
added more stories including
General Grant and The Vicksburg Campaign,
War Battles of Mississippi, and the
Causes of the
States' Rights were the two primary causes of the
Civil War in the United States. They came before the people in a
variety of forms, which, in spite of repeated compromises, only widened the
sentiments between the North and South.
Then, I move on to one my greatest pet peeves as a frequent traveler
Go-Lane Vs. the Slow Lane.
Please tell me you're not guilty of this. The Passing
Lane is not a driver's personal scenic byway, it is
not a lane where drivers are allowed to go the speed limit to send a
message to any who are "breaking the law" by speeding, it is not a
place to make a point that you can do anything you want and be damned
anyone who tells you otherwise.
Then back to what we know best
-- the history of the
Texas soon, I got thinking I just really had to provide the whole story of
and His Train Robber Gang.
Bass first rode with the
Black Hills Bandits
coaches in the
area and pulled of the
train robbery in Nebraska
in 1877. Making
off with some $10,000, he returned to his native Texas
and formed the
Sam Bass Gang,
robbing trains and banks. He and another gang member,
Seaborn Barnes, were
Texas Rangers at at Round Rock,
Texas in 1878.
We've also added up several articles that pertain to Bass and his
Jones - Commanding the Texas Rangers.
was in charge of the Texas Rangers
Bass and his gang out of
We also added up several articles on his
Jim Murphy - Betrayer of
the Bass Gang,
Joel Collins - Cowboy Outlaw of the
Black Hills, and James
Berry - A Little Known Outlaw From Missouri; as well as the details of
the most famous Union Pacific Railroad robbery ever pulled off --
Nebraska Train Robbery.
Continuing on the Old West front, you'll
alse see another outlaw --
as well as
Cherokee Myths & Legends,
and a A
Cow Hunter's Court.
I'm a thinking that's enough for now.
In the meantime, we wish you a
Merry Christmas, and we'll be back with you after the New Year.
The main reason Santa is so jolly is
because he knows where all the bad girls live.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government
and report the facts.
When you are not looking at it, this sentence is in Spanish.
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Towns of Death Valley - With record low temperatures here in
Missouri for the month, I've definitely got warm places on the mind.
Valley, I've begun to explore the many
ghost towns in that vast
expanse of desert and have become so entranced, this is probably going
to be the destination for our 2012 winter trip.
Since the 1848 discovery of gold in
Valley has experienced over 140 years of boom and bust mining, creating a
number of ghost towns in the area. Little did those many miners passing
through the area in 1849 know that there were vast deposits of gold,
silver, copper, and borax just waiting to be taken out of the mountains
and valley floor that they crossed along the way.
From the 1880's to early 1900's mining was limited and
sporadic in the
Valley region, mostly because many of these early
mining districts met with a notable lack of success. Primitive and
inefficient technology, scarcity of water and fuel, and the difficulties
of transportation made it economically impossible to mine any but the
highest grade ores. Some of the towns that died even before the turn of the
Kasson, Rhodes Spring, Old Tecopa, Old Stovepipe Wells,
and Panamint City, as well as dozens of mines.
However, one of the earliest successful mining operations
Harmony Borax Works, which was active from 1883 to 1888. This mill
was famous not for its ore deposits, but for the Twenty Mule Team wagons
used to transport the partially refined borax.
With renewed interest in gold and silver mining, the early 1900's
witnessed a number of new mines and settlements.