“My father, with tears in his eyes, tried to smile as one friend after another grasped his hand in a last farewell. Mama was overcome with grief. At last we were all in the wagons. The drivers cracked their whips. The oxen moved slowly forward and the long journey had begun.” — Virginia Reed, daughter of James Reed Read More ...
The Ghost Town of Shakespeare has quite a history in the Old West. This article examines the truth behind what started as the town of Ralston. Mining history and legends of Ralston & Shakespeare – by Kathy Weiser-Alexander, Dave Alexander Around 1870, the area that would eventually become Shakespeare had attracted a number of prospectors Read More ...
From the time the first Spanish colony, San Juan de los Caballeros, was established at the San Juan Pueblo (now called Ohkay Owingeh) in 1598, New Mexico became a Franciscan enclave dedicated to converting the region’s Native Americans to Christianity. Conquistador Juan de Onate named the pueblo San Juan de los Caballeros after his patron Read More ...
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I like that you are always adding material to your sight. It’s a very good website and it’s been fun to navigate and learn about the history of all the places I have visited. And thank you for the professional packaging of photos. I will continue to enjoy the artistic and historic nature of your site. Happy Trails! – Susan
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After serving more than twenty years in prison, Cole Younger got a job selling tombstones, worked for a while in a Wild West show with Frank James, and died quietly in 1916 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where he was known as an elderly churchgoer.
It was during the same year that Route 66 began to be built that the Whiting Brothers discovered that with just a little lumber from their father’s mill, they could easily construct a profitable gas station. Originally founded in Saint John, Arizona in 1926, Whiting Brothers Station soon became a familiar sight all along Route 66, as well as other areas in the Southwest.
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If you love Route 66, enjoy coloring, and like to share with others, this book is for you! The Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book contains 20 postcards of various places along America’s Mother Road, each ready for your own artistic touch. Made in Missouri, U.S.A. For more information, visit Legends’ General Store.
Dave and Kathy during their visit to Tombstone,Arizona.
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