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The Land of Enchantment

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New Mexico Articles:


Acoma Pueblo - Ancient Sky City

Across the Continental Divide on Route 66

Albuquerque - 300 Year Old Duke City

Ancho - Returning to Nature

Apache - The Fiercest Warriors in the Southwest

Geronimo - The Last Apache Holdout

Origins of the Apache Indians

The Apache Kid - Outlaw Legend of the Southwest

Beale's Wagon Road From New Mexico to California

Billy The Kid - Teenage Outlaw of New Mexico

Billy the Kid - Fatal Shot in the Dark by Pat Garrett

The Birth of Angel Fire

A Brightly Lit Route 66

Robert Ollinger - Killer With a Badge

Buckshot Robert's Last Stand

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Chloride - Center of the Apache Mining District

Cimarron - Wild & Baudy Boomtown

The Civil War in New Mexico

Cline's Corners - Middle of Nowhere & the Road to Everywhere

Colfax County Bad Boy- Clay Allison

The Comanche Indians - Horsemen of the Plains

Day Trips and Diversions in Northeast NM

James Joshua Dolan - Bad Hombre of the Lincoln County War

Eagle Nest Lake - Angler's Paradise

Elizabethtown - Gone But Not Forgotten

Endee to San Jon - Another Ghostly Stretch of Route 66

The Flood At Santa Fe - A Miracle Legend

Fort Bayard - Fighting the Apache

Fort Burgwin - Protecting the Taos Valley

Fort Cummings - Watering the Overland Route

Fort Stanton - Rounding Up the Apache

Fort Sumner - Pride of the Pecos

Fort Union - Protecting the Santa Fe Trail

Fort Wingate - Reigning in the Navajo

Forts of New Mexico

The Fountain Murders: Sites Today

Fred Lambert - Lawman, Poet and Painter of Cimarron

Gallup - Indian Center of the Southwest 

Ghosts Towns Beyond Tucumcari

The Ghosts of Dawson

The Ghosts of Albuquerque

Glenrio - A Route 66 Casualty

Grants - Uranium City USA

Haunted New Mexico

Historic Sites of New Mexico

Idlewild and the Klondike Mine

Indian Country Ghost Towns


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Welcome to New Mexico Legends


New Mexico Legends was the first "chapter" of Legends of America because of my love of the Moreno Valley area of New Mexico.

Spending every summer in the Moreno Valley with my grandparents, I fell in love with the majestic peaks, peaceful silences, and rich history.  I vividly remember huddling around the potbelly stove in my grandparents' old miner's cabin in Idlewild, watching papa prepare his tackle box to on his way to Eagle Nest Lake and grandma cooking breakfast on the cast iron stove. 

Grandma was always taking us to see the sites of the area, from Elizabethtown, to drinking the cool waters from the log at Clear Creek, watching the construction crews when Angel Fire was being built, and exploring the old Klondike Mine in Idlewild, where my sister (shame on her) carved her name into the wall in 1967.  This publication is truly a labor of love and a tribute to my deceased grandparents, Ben and Irene Foster of Stinett, Texas.

A nostalgia buff from birth, grandma perpetuated that interest and I've always known that I longed to learn more about the history of this beautiful valley and to share my enthusiasm with all of you that are fortunate to live there and visit. 

High Country Legends features stories on the Maxwell Land Grant, Clay Allison, Eagle Nest Lake, Elizabethtown, Day Trips and much, much more. The content focuses New Mexico's rich history and features many Vintage Photographs.

Enjoy the Land of Enchantment!

Kathy R. Weiser




Jicarilla - Still Gold in Them Thar Hills

John Chisum - Cattle Baron on the Pecos

Kit Carson - Legend of the Southwest

My Friend, Kit Carson

Lake Valley - Silver Mining Heydays

Las Vegas - More Wicked Than Dodge City

The Largest Land Grant in History

Lucien Maxwell by a Santa Fe Trail Driver

Lincoln - Wild Wild West Frozen in Time

Lincoln County War - A Conflict of Greed

Lawrence Murphy - Scoundrel Behind the Lincoln County War

McKinley County Ghost Towns

Mogollon - Surviving All Odds

Monticello Canyon Ghost Towns - Placita and Monticello

Moriarty to Tijeras on the Salt Missions Trail

Mystery of Eagle Nest Lodge

Nara Visa - A Picturesque Ghost Town

The Navajo Nation - Largest in the U.S.

The Navajo Long Walk  

New Mexico Fun Facts & Trivia

New Mexico Ghost Towns

New Mexico History Begins Civilization in the West

New Mexico Links

New Mexico Postcards

The Notorious Dodge City Gang of Las Vegas

Pancho Villa Attacks Columbus

Pecos National Historic Park

Puye Cliff Dwellings - Ancestral Home of the Santa Clara Indians 

Route 66 Through New Mexico

New Mexico's Mother Road

Quirky New Mexico

Santa Fe - The City Different

Doña Gertrudis Barceló - Gambling Queen of Santa Fe

Santa Fe Trail - Highway to the Southwest

Tales of the Santa Fe Trail

Santa Rosa - City of Natural Lakes

Shakespeare - Born Again and Again

Steins, New Mexico - A Railroad Ghost Town

St James Hotel, Cimarron

Phantom Poker at the St. James

Ghost Hunters at the St. James

Taos - Art, Architecture & History

Taos Pueblo - 1,000 Years of History

The Tiwa Tribe - Fighting the Spanish

The Mountain Song of Taos – or, The Taos Hum

Ranchos de Taos & the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church

Train Robber - Black Jack Ketchum

The Treacherous Raton Pass on the Santa Fe Trail

Treasure Hunting In New Mexico

Tucumcari or Six-Shooter Siding

Tucumcari Vintage Photo Gallery

Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway

Golden, New Mexico Has Seen Better Days

Los Cerrillos - Two Thousand Years of History

Madrid - A Ghost Town Reborn

Vintage Photos

White Oaks - Livliest Town in the Territory

Winston - Mining & Ranching in Sierra County

Writing Credits

The Zuni - Still a Mysterious Tribe



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Thava Irene Foster, my grandma from Stinnett, Texas, sitting

  in front of our old Idlewild cabin.  She was and is  the

 inspiration for Legends of America.



New Mexico Flag - High Country LegendsNew Mexico Flag - The yellow field and red symbol colors are the colors of Spain. First brought to New Mexico  by Spanish explorers in 1540. On New Mexico' s flag we see a red sun with rays streching out from it. There are four groups of rays with four rays in each group. This is an ancient sun symbol of a Native American people called the Zia. The Zia believed that the giver of all good gave them gifts in groups of four. These gifts are:

  • The four directions - north, east, south and west.

  • The four seasons - spring, summer, fall and winter.

  • The day - sunrise, noon, evening and night.

  • Life itself - childhood, youth, middle years and old age.

All of these are bound by a circle of life and love, without a beginning or end.



San Francisco Church in Golden, New Mexico

The 1830's San Francisco Church in Golden is one of the most photographed sites

 along the Turquoise Trail.  Photo by Kathy Weiser.

This image available for photographic prints HERE.



Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

Little has changed at the Taos Pueblo in the last

century, September, 2008, Kathy Weiser.

This photo available for prints & downloads HERE.


New Mexico Slide Show:



These New Mexico images and many more available for photo prints & editorial downloads HERE!


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