About Us

Traveling through History since 2003

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Legends of America

Legends of America

Who We Are

Kathy Weiser Alexander

Kathy discussing Bat Masterson on American Heroes Channel (AHC).

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.

Dave Bobs Gasoline Alley

Dave at Bob’s Gasoline Alley in Cuba Missouri.

Kathy is a published author, with her first book, Great American Bars and Saloons, 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.

Kaydee & Riley, 2014

Our travel companions, Miss Kaydee and Mr. Riley.

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 not only the many photos taking during Legends’ travels but also 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.

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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.

Legends of America
28926 Cedar Hill Loop
WarsawMissouri  65355
Email
660-723-2550

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 September 2020.

Also See:

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55 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Hello, I read the article about Bill Cook of the Cook Gang. I am the great great granddaughter of him. I was told that he never made it to where he was going. Whoever that was that died of consumption in jail, was not Bill Cook. I was told that someone hid a gun and had somehow given it to him before he was to be transported. After leaving Fort Smith, he escaped and fled to Madison County AR. His ex-wife, Sarah, didn’t want him around. She said that he was too mean. He lived on the other side of their land. In October of 1899, my great grandpa, Harrison, was only 9 years old when Bill was shot in his field by someone unknown. After my dad passed away, I went to the library and searched through microfilm records of newspaper articles until I found it. It reads: FOUND DEAD IN A FIELD. William Cook was murdered on his farm in Madison Co. Huntsville AR Oct 21-William Cook who has been a citizen of Madison County for a number of years, was found dead in his field about 12 miles northeast of this place on the 16th inst., says a correspondent to the Little Rock Gazette. A coroner’s inquest was held and the verdict of the jury was that the deceased was shot in the heart by someone unknown to the jury. Cook had a gun and had evidently attempted to shoot his adversary, but the cap was mashed and his gun failed to fire. Cook and his wife were divorced a year ago. Deceased has always been reguarded as a dangerous man and has given much trouble in the neighborhood in which he lived.

  2. Hello. I came across your Salem Witch Trial article. Elizabeth Jackson Howe is my 14th great grandmother. Her last name was not Hutchinson. And her parents were John “Blessing” Jackson & her mother was Katherine Griffin. She was born 1635 in Tinsley Yorkshire England . She married James Howe Jr in 1658. They had five children. I must admit I am trying hard not to be offended but the information you have is very inaccurate & I feel is a great disservice to this woman’s memory.
    Thank you
    Kate

    1. Thanks for reaching out Kate. We appreciate corrections. I’ve updated her parents names, however I don’t see anything else inaccurate based on your comment. I don’t understand what you mean by the name “Hutchinson”, as we never called her that. Although there is another person with that name on the same page. Please let us know if you are saying anything else about the paragraphs on Howe are inaccurate and we’d be happy to review.

      https://www.legendsofamerica.com/ma-witches-h/#elizabeth-howe

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