Longhorn at the Ft. Worth Texas Stockyards.
Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander, July 2014.
No Bull - We made it to Video! I'll tell
you more about that in a second, but first we want to thank all our
readers for yet another great year on the world wide web. Legends of
America turned 11 years old back in June, and it's all because of you that
we're still kickin.
Since the last newsletter we've been busy with
the usual and sometimes not so usual. Kathy has filled our garage
with stuff for her booth at a local antique mall and flea market, now
known as The Coal Bin. I've persistently pestered her to get it out
of the garage and into the booth. She finally relents, I enjoy parking in
the garage for a couple of weeks, then she starts the process over again.
Current status: I'm parked in the driveway. But she's having
fun doing it, so that's what matters right?
also gone on a couple more adventures not too far from home, but far
enough to drag along our mobile motel (Travel Trailer). Kathy was
about to lose her mind I think (or was she losing mine?) and we just had
to push aside our projects for a quick trip for
ghost towns and history
St. Joseph Missouri as our main attraction. Look
for stories soon about the ghost town of Doniphan Kansas, one of our
favorite stops on the trip.
Kathy also did a rare solo trip (first time
she has driven alone in several years) down to Ft. Worth and Dallas to see
her sister. While there she paid a visit to the Ft. Worth stockyards
and explored a bit of scenery on the way back home, including some great
shots in Arkansas. Meanwhile I stayed home with the dogs and prepared for
our usual Independence Day visitors and fun on the
lake. Had a blast
with the grand kids, made some new friends and had a very enjoyable
holiday. We hope you had a chance to celebrate our
with friends and family as well, and salute all those that continue to
keep us Free! We are forever thankful.
On the not so usual side of things, we
DVD in the mail back in May, and at first I couldn't figure out
why. After opening the package and reading the brief letter
basically saying "Here it is, enjoy and let us know you received it", I
was still a bit clueless, until Kathy chimed in "That's the video we're
in!" Hmmm... looking back through our newsletters of the past year,
I don't think I've mentioned "the interview".
April 15, 2013, Ron Meyer, an award winning documentarian with Centre
Communications in Colorado, brought out a camera man and set up in our
living room for a chat about Ghost Towns. For me personally,
receiving the DVD was the day I was dreading, because it was that
interview which convinced me I was "not made for TV/Video". I went
first, and felt like I had completely lost every bit of intelligence as
soon as the camera light came on.
Like a deer in the headlights, I muddled my
way through about 45 minutes to an hour of stumbling around so much that
afterward I was sure it would be the most humiliating experience of my
life. Kathy did MUCH better than I, as usual, but she too had issues
after 'good ol' Dave' thought they were done and interrupted the session
wanting to tell them about the Boston Bombing that had just occurred.
After that it kind of fell apart.
So, convinced that I had jinxed our debut on
film, I shoved the whole episode out of my head, and was extremely
thankful when Kathy got another shot back in early February with another
production company, interviewing her about the
Bloody Benders (still waiting for
word on that one, will probably be late this year or early next on the ID
Channel). She did such a great job without me around that I figured
it made up for my performance last year.
I honestly didn't expect to hear anything more
about the April 2013 interview, but here it was, staring me in the face.
After some anxious moments and fast forwarding through segments my worries
were quickly alleviated. Centre Communications did an incredible job on
this video, and we're both very proud to be a part of it. Although,
to be honest, I don't remember saying half of what I said in the video.
Here are the details:
Towns (America's Lost World) 2 Disc DVD
Unearth America's Lost World! This 5-Part series ventures into the roots
of our nations high hopes and hard labors to discover the towns that
boomed fast and went bust even faster. Through original footage,
interviews with experts and archival materials, this fascinating
documentary takes viewers on an amazing journey through our abandoned
history. From the deserts of California and mountains of Colorado to the
forts, trails and battle sites of war, witness the precious remains of the
past that only exist today as shadows of former glories and empty
First time on DVD! Legends of America's own Kathy Weiser-Alexander and
Dave Alexander, along with noted Ghost Town author Philip Varney, authors
Jeff Barnes, Kenneth Jessen and many more, even an appearance from Bob
Boze Bell. Created and Produced by Award-Winning Documentarians, Centre
Communications, exclusively for Mill Creek Entertainment. Total Running
time 5 hours, 34 minutes.
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September 1, 2014.
Next up on our agenda is to escape the heat
and head north. As of this writing, Kathy's plotting a course for
Wisconsin and Michigan in August and September. May be our only "big" trip
this year, but we are sure to have a blast and look forward to sharing our
adventure via the blog, on Facebook and Twitter and in new stories to
Dave Alexander - Overly Dramatic Dude and nail
Legends of America
In this Edition:
New Additions and Featured
Travel Destination - Kingman Arizona and
the 2014 Int. Route 66 Festival
Old West Legends & Native
Americans - Did John Jarrette of the James Gang really die in
California? And the Plains Indians - Surviving with the Buffalo.
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Legends General Store - Supporting our
website since 2003
Legends Photo Prints - Our growing
gallery of Vintage and Modern images available in various print sizes.
Shop, or just enjoy browsing.
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Native American History Facebook Page - Occasional posts of all
things Native American
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Legends of Kansas - Our website
dedicated to the state Legends was born in.
Tall Oak, Peter Toth Indian
Monument in Troy, Kansas.
Abandoned School in Doniphan
Abandoned Car in Doniphan Kansas.
New Additions and Featured Stories
River Junction on the Santa Fe Trail - The valley where the tiny town of Watrous
stands today, has long been a resting and meeting place, beginning with the
indigenous tribes of the area. It continued to be a popular stop when the
Trail came through the area.
The Life & Mysterious Death of Samuel B. Watrous
- Rancher and farmer of Mora
New Mexico for whom the town of
Watrous is named. After a long and successful life
living along the
Trail, he was killed by two gunshots to the head, which remains a
Maxwell Ranch on the Santa Fe
Trail - One of the most interesting and picturesque
regions of all
was the immense tract of nearly two million acres known as
through which the
Trail ran. (By Colonel Henry Inman
Indian Terrors on the Santa Fe Trail - Almost immediately after
and the addition of the southwest to the United States, the powerful Ute tribe
inaugurated a bloody and relentless war against white settlers in the Territory. (By Colonel Henry Inman
Overland Mail on the Santa Fe Trail
- The Santa Fe line of beautifully painted, elegant mail stages left
Independence, Missouri on its first monthly journey on July 1, 1850.
Treacherous Raton Pass on the Santa Fe Trail - Raton Pass, at the
border of present day
one of the most important, yet treacherous, segments of the
Trail. The pass cut through the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains,
allowing wagons access to the vast western territory.
Branches of the Santa Fe Trail
historic trade route of the
New Mexico had two primary branches -- the
Cimarron Route and the
Route. During the trail's heydays, both were well traveled for different
Kansas Santa Fe Trail - Continue traveling the old
Santa Fe Trail into Morris
County, Kansas, where numerous historic sites can still be seen and visited.
our Legends Of Kansas Pages
M. Hayes, Founder of Council Grove - Seth was a shrewd, colorful, and successful trader, rancher, tavern owner, and
publisher. Settling early on the Santa Fe Trail, he founded Council Grove,Kansas.
Legends Of Kansas Pages -
Charles H. Withington - Santa Fe Trail Merchant - Withington was one
of many who operated a store along the Santa Fe Trail and was involved in the tumultuous days of
Santa Fe Trail People
- Find many of the people who were involved in the trade of the Santa Fe Trail, folks who traveled the pathway, and those who wrote about it. Here, you'll not
only find well known names such as folks like Buffalo Bill Cody,
William Becknell, and Christopher "Kit" Carson; but, also, many of those small
store proprietors, the Indians, who were displaced by the blazing of the trail, and more.
Santa Fe Trail,Kansas - Continuing the expansion of
Santa Fe Trail history through Kansas into Osage
County, and Waubaunsee and Lyon Counties.
Missouri - Queen City of the Trails - Lying on the south bank of the Missouri
River, near the western edge of the state, Independence,
was originally called home to the Kanza and Osage
Indians, who called the area Big Spring.
an expansion of our Santa Fe Trail history, we dive deeper into the trail in Johnson County
and Douglas County, Kansas.
County Santa Fe Trail -
The different Missouri
River branches of the trail, whether
from old Franklin, Fort Osage,
Independence, Westport, or Kansas City, came
together in Johnson County,
Kansas and by one common course,
passed out of the county near its southwest corner.
County Santa Fe Trail - The trail entered Douglas County
near its southeast corner, a few miles east of the old town of Black Jack
before taking northwesterly course through Palmyra and on to Willow Springs. Here, it turned to the southwest, passing close to the now extinct towns of
Globe and Baden and into Osage
County about three miles north of the southwest corner of Douglas County.
John Wilkes Booth - Actor to Assassin -
John Wilkes Booth loved acting, but was even more passionate about his politics, which would lead to one of the darkest days in American
History and the loss of a beloved President.
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Native American Wisdom
It is better to have less
thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand. -
He who would do
great things should not attempt them all alone. - Seneca
When a man moves away from
nature his heart becomes hard. -
Ask questions from
you heart and you will be answered from the heart. - Omaha
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Historic Liberty Quotes
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves
it. -- Mark Twain, American writer
This country, with its institutions, belongs
to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the
existing government, they can exercise their Constitutional right of
amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. --
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President and
Author of the
Declaration of Independence
The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to
life, make them responsive and accountable, and keep them honest. No one
else can. -- John Gardner, American writer and politician
We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts,
foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation
that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open
market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
-- John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. President
Travel Destination -
Kingman, AZ Gateway to Hoover Dam
Kingman Arizona will be a more lively than ever this August as it hosts
the 2014 International
Route 66 Festival. There will be a lot to see and do during the
event on August 14-17, including concerts, Bob Waldmire Art Exhibit,
Artists, Authors and Collectors Exhibit, Car Show and much more. Be
sure to check out the official website for the
2014 International Route
66 Festival here for more information. Hat's off to
Jim Hinckley for
leading the charge and keeping everyone up to date on the organization of
this event. We look forward to their success.
Kingman is an excellent choice for the Route
66 Festival and has some great history behind it.
Arizona, 1940 vintage
In October, 1857, Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald Beale first explored
the present site of
when he and his team surveyed the 35th parallel in
anticipation of building the wagon road. In the heat of the
desert they used camels for transportation, an idea they were sure
would catch on. Alas, it never did. When the wagon road,
stretching from Fort Defiance,
Colorado River was complete, it was named for the Lieutenant. Soon Beale Road saw all manner of travelers trekking through the
desert. In the beginning these were primarily miners and
prospectors seeking their fortunes.
When the railroad began to reach this part of the west, a man named
surveyed the route between
in 1880. The
new railroad, when it arrived, would closely parallel Beale’s old
wagon road. Later when
came barreling through; it too, would closely follow this historic
In 1882, a settlement cropped up along the railroad
tracks that soon had a rooming house and a couple of stores. The
fledgling town was named after Lewis Kingman, the railroad surveyor. A year later the railroad tracks were complete and more new businesses
began to pop up, including a hotel and several tent buildings housing
a restaurant, a
and a mining operations office. Soon a post office was also
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From our Native American
The Plains Indians - Surviving with the
Plains Indians Map, courtesy
The term “Plains Indians” refers to the
tribes that lived on the plains and rolling hills of middle North
America in the region between the
Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains and from Canada to
Tonkawa. and were all nomadic
tribes who followed the
herds and lived in tipis. Though nomadic, some
tribes occasionally engaged in agriculture; primarily growing
tobacco and corn.
A second group of semi-nomadic
tribes, sometimes referred to as Prairie Indians, included the
Wichita, and Yankton
These groups spent part of every year in fixed villages where they
raised crops, and spent the rest of the year hunting
and living in tipis.
survived on hunting all types of game, such as elk and antelope, but, the
was their main source of food. Every part of the
was used. In addition to providing food, the the
Indians used the skins for tipis and clothing, hides for robes, shields, and
ropes; they used dried
dung for fuel, made tools, such as horn spoons, scrapers from bone; sinew or
muscle was used to make bowstrings, moccasins, and bags; and the hoofs were used
to make glue. Following the seasonal migration of the
the tipis that the Plains Indians lived in were ideal for their nomadic
lifestyle, as they were easily put up and disassembled.
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