What’s New

Here’s more on the latest additions to our website:

Newsletter – November 2017 – The latest from our world, history of Thanksgiving and big discounts at Legends’ General Store and Photo Print Shop in time for the holidays.

Blythe Intaglios – Nazca Lines in California – Intaglios, also called geoglyphs, are gigantic human or animal figures drawn on the ground’s surface. While the most famous geoglyphs in the world are the Nazca Lines in Peru, there are over 200 intaglios in the Colorado Desert of the American Southwest. They are the only known desert intaglios in North America.

Snallygaster

The Snallygaster – Winged Creature of the Northeast –  From our creature legends: For centuries, a large winged beast known as the Snallygaster is said to have terrified the people of Frederick County, Maryland. The Snallygaster has one widely known enemy, called Dwayyo.

Dwayyo (Dewayo) – The Maryland Wolfman – From our creature legends: In the woods of Maryland is said to hide a wolf-like creature known as Dwayyo or Dewayo. According to legend, Dwayyo is the mortal enemy of the Snallygaster, another area cryptid that is described as a flying, blood-sucking reptile that has been sighted in the Maryland Blue Ridge Mountains.

Newsletter – Spooktacular Special Edition –  Dave relates a typical morning at Fort Alexander, complete with the creek monster..a special focus on some scary stuff from the Old West and more!

Winchester House Exterior

Winchester Mystery House – From our 2009 visit to California, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose was the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, who hired laborers to work 24/7 for 38 years to constantly renovate the mansion in an effort to ward off spirits.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia opened its doors to patients in 1864. Today the building is said to be extremely haunted.

Alfred G. Packer – Prospector and guide in the Rocky Mountains during the 1870s, Alfred Packer confessed to cannibalism during the winter of 1874.

The Journey of Sedona Schnebly

The Journal of Sedona Schnebly(by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger) Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly followed her husband west when their small Missouri town condemned his Presbyterian religion. Arriving in Arizona Territory in 1901, they planted orchards and hosted early tourists in what is now named Sedona.

H.H. Holmes and the Murder Castle of Chicago – Known by the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or more commonly, H. H. Holmes, he was a prolific serial killer who operated in the late 19th century.

October 2017 Newsletter – The latest from our world, featured articles, along with specials from our General Store and Photo Print Shop.

Ellis Island Aerial

Ellis Island Aerial

Ellis Island – Welcoming the Immigrants – From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was America’s largest and most active immigration station, where over 12 million immigrants were processed.

Moses Embree “California Joe” Milner – Scouting the West – Moses Embree Milner, aka: California Joe was a mountain man, miner, and army scout who lived a life of adventure in the American West.

Bronco Sue Yonkers – Wild Woman of the West – Bronco Sue Yonkers was a Welsh girl who turned the heads of men and could shoot as well as any of them, who left a trail of unlucky men in her wake.

John Peter Gabriel

John Peter Gabriel

John Peter Gabriel – Lawman & Gunfighter – A prominent lawman in Pinal County, Arizona in the 1880s, Peter Gabriel barely survived and gunfight with Joe Phy in Florence, Arizona.

St. Augustine National Cemetery – Dade Massacre – (By Author Ann Johnson) Historic Saint Augustine, Florida is the home of the Saint Augustine National Cemetery. Among those buried were casualties of the Seminole Indian Wars.

Boot-Hills and Their Stories  (by Frederick Ritchie Bechdolt in 1922) – Back in the wild old days you found a boot-hill on town’s outskirts,one where the cattle trail came down to the ford, and one was at the summit of the pass.

Oliver Milton Lee – New Mexico Rancher and Gunman – Oliver Milton Lee was a rancher, law officer, probable outlaw, state legislator, and businessman who was suspected of the Fountain murders in New Mexico.

Simon Kenton

Simon Kenton

Simon Kenton – Frontiersman and Soldier – A legendary frontiersman and soldier, Kenton saved Daniel Boone’s life, acted as a scout, participated in Indian Wars and the War of 1812.

Luke Short’s Last Gunfight – On December 23, 1890, Luke Short and Charles Wright were involved in a gunfight at the Bank Saloon in Fort Worth, Texas.  Although he would survive, it would be Short’s last gunfight.

August/September Newsletter – Latest from our world.

Landmarks Along the Oregon Trail – As hopeful travelers set out on their journey across the overland trails, they saw landmarks which lived in their memories for the rest of their lives.

Soda Springs – Curiosity on the Oregon Trail – Located along a shortcut in the Oregon-California Trail off of the main route to Fort Hall, Idaho was Soda Springs

Alcove Spring, Kansas (On the Oregon Trail) A favorite campsite near the Independence Crossing in Marshal County, Kansas, Alcove Spring originates in a rock formation falling into a pool below.

Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness

“Hell’s Belle” Gunness – Black Widow of the Midwest – “Hell’s Belle” Gunness, one of America’s most degenerate female serial killers in history, likely killed both her husbands and all of her children.

John R. Brinkley – Goat Gland Doctor – From 1917 through the 1930s, John Brinkley made millions of dollars by implanting goat testicles in men to restore their virility. He also dabbled in radio.

Oriental Saloon Gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona – A gunfight in front of the Oriental Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona, this event took place between Luke Short and Charlie Storms in 1881.

Photo Blog – Texas Panhandle  – Our latest journey took us back to the Texas Panhandle. Along the way we venture once again to parts of Route 66, and pay a visit to the oldest town in the Panhandle, as well as the magnificent Palo Duro Canyon.

Tom Quick – Avenger or Psychopath?From Author Hal Taylor – Many stories have been written about Tom Quick, but there is not enough documented evidence to separate truth from fiction. Regardless, he was a murderer.

Butch Cassidy & the Wild Bunch – Butch Cassidy was a notorious train and bank robber and the leader of a gang of criminal outlaws known as the Wild Bunch.

Robbers’ Roost on the Outlaw Trail – Robbers Roost was a popular hideout for cattle rustlers and other outlaws during the days of the Wild West.

 

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