Traveling through History since 2003
Who We Are
Like so many other small businesses, Legends of America started out as a hobby. Owner-Editor, Kathy Weiser-Alexander has a deep-seated love for history, travel, writing, and almost anything falling within a creative realm. With this in mind, she started a small personal webpage called High Country Legends in 2002. Quickly, the ideas and opportunities expanded, and soon, a small business she started in 1998, called the Rocky Mountain General Store, was merged with the new website. This business, which was also more of a hobby, was the sales outlet for her creative endeavors.
Kathy’s qualifications include a degree in Business Administration; years of drawing, painting, and other artsy-craftsy stuff; and, when creativity didn’t pay the bills — more than 20 years of hands-on corporate experience, encompassing business and people management, customer service, technology, and consulting.
In 2003 Kathy met David Alexander in Kansas City, though both are native Texans. That same year, the hobby website evolved into Legends of America, and it was the start of a new career. From the beginning, Dave contributed advice, his technical knowledge and became a primary travel partner. Dave was involved in the radio broadcasting industry from his mid-teens. In 1999, Dave left the airwaves to join a company that designed, managed, and supported software for radio stations, which was eventually purchased by Google in 2006. His division was sold off in the fall of 2009, at which time he joined Legends of America full time.
With her first book, Great American Bars and Saloons, Kathy is a published author, published in 2006, followed by major contributions to Greetings from Route 66 in 2010, along with several other noted Route 66 authors. Her work is also published under the “Legends Of America” name with Old West Lawmen (2012), Lynching’s, Hanging’s & Vigilante Groups (2014), and Frontier Slang, Lingo & Phrases (2015).
Also in 2014, Kathy was featured in the cable network Investigation Discovery (ID) channel’s “Evil Kin,” episode 202 about the Bloody Benders, and both Kathy and Dave took part in Ghost Towns: America’s Lost World, a 5+ hour, 2 disc DVD released by Mill Creek Entertainment in April of the same year. In 2015, Kathy appeared on the American Heroes Channel in two episodes of the show “Gunslingers,” discussing Bat Masterson, original air date August 2, 2015, and Bill Doolin, original air date August 16, 2015. In 2016, Kathy appeared in the new AHC Series “American Lawmen” in season 1 episode “Dallas Stoudenmire: The Hero of El Paso,” original air date March 16, 2016. In the Spring of 2018, Mill Creek Entertainment took portions of unaired footage from our interview in 2014 and created a new documentary, “Ghosts in Ghost Towns: Haunting the Wild West,” which is available to stream on Amazon. In March of 2019, Kathy appeared in “True First,” Season 1: Episode 6 – “Bass Reeves” on UMC (Urban Movie Channel).
Though we started Legends in the Kansas City area — Dave — in Prairie Village, Kansas, and Kathy in Lenexa, Kansas, the business officially moved to Warsaw, Missouri in May 2010. Warsaw, which sits on the dam splitting Truman Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks, is a small town with about 2,000 full-time folks. That number, however, doubles as people flock to enjoy the lakes in the summer.
Now, Kathy is in charge of the writing, photography, and website design, while Dave handles all technical aspects, shipping, marketing, & sales. What was once the Rocky Mountain General Store has become Legends General Store, and an additional sales outlet was also incorporated — Legends Photo Shop, which features the many photos taking during Legends’ travels and a large volume of restored vintage images.
Legends of America is a small Midwest company with strong moral and ethical business values. We take pride in our work and strive to provide our readers, advertisers, and customers with a continually updated site, great products, and superior customer service. If you ever have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Before you call, please be aware that we are an online magazine, with articles on various destinations and topics. We do not own, operate, nor have any further information on our destinations, history, or association beyond what you see on our pages.
Orders accepted by phone typically 9a-5p Central Time except on weekends and holidays, but Dave obsesses over email, so feel free to drop us a line.
Updated January 2021.