Subject: Legends of America Newsletter - September 2021

Another mountain adventure, Native American Ordeals, Stuckey's Stuckey's Everywhere, Two heads are better than one, and more in this months newsletter

Legends of America Newsletter - September 2021

In this newsletter:

  • Another mountain adventure

  • Native American Ordeals

  • Stuckey's Stuckey's Everywhere

  • Two heads are better than one

and more!

Latest from our world

Kathy and I escaped the heat to New Mexico and parts of Colorado in August, at the same time they were basking back home in the Missouri Sauna. Coming home was a shock to the system once we got into eastern Colorado. Things are finally starting to cool a bit, at least overnight. We're plotting a course for Virginia somewhere around the first of October. I can feel the cool autumn breezes just days away.

We went to where our website began, Idlewild, just outside of Eagle Nest, New Mexico. It was a cousin's work trip to spruce up the cabin that has been a part of Kathy's family since the 1940s. Of course, it wasn't all cleaning and fixing, we also revisited several of our favorites while in the area.

Follow the journey and learn about the area in our latest Photo Travel Blogs. 

Eagle Nest Lake from Baldy Mountain

In this entry, we revisit the beauty and history of Moreno Valley. Read about Eagle Nest, Angel Fire, Elizabeth Town, the Klondyke mine, and more.

We also had quite the scare with Joey, our newest furry travel companion. I write about that at the end.

Barlow Sanderson Stage Station, Cimarron, NM

While we were in Eagle Nest and the Moreno Valley area, we took a trip westward through Cimarron Canyon to the historic Santa Fe Trail at Cimarron and Rayado.

Bent's Old Fort, CO

Bent’s Old Fort is a must-see stop if you are in Southeastern Colorado. The old trading post played a large role on the Santa Fe Trail. It was fun to revisit during this special 200th anniversary of the trail.

There are a lot of related articles for each of these travel blogs and you'll find links within.

Kathy's got the to-do list ready for me to check off before our trek east, so off I go into prep mode. I'm already getting the "really? again?" look from Kaydee Dog.

Dave "New adventures await!" Alexander

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What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

The view of Blanca Peak just south of Fort Garland CO

From our recent journeys

San Luis Valley, Colorado – Much of the beautiful landscape remains largely unchanged, where visitors can enjoy mountain biking, scenic hikes, skiing, fishing, camping, and other activities along the Reio grande, the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains, and Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Costilla, New Mexico – Along with nearby Amalia, New Mexico, and Garcia, Colorado, Costilla was founded as a farming and ranching community in the early 1800s.

Questa, New Mexico – A Mining Maven – Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Questa, is a village in northern Taos County. The village is on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, near the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Red River

See More "What's New" here

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Native American Photo Prints

From vintage images of ancient cities to chiefs and leaders, we have hundreds of Native American photos available in many print sizes, canvas wraps, and more. Save 20% with coupon code 2021 at checkout!

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Did You Know?


Stuckey's, Stuckey's, Everywhere! - Those delicious confections are back for your next road trip! Stephanie Stuckey reached out to us to add some additional flavor to our story about the famous chain that's making a comeback.

Take a Pit Stop

The Bullfrog Mining District

Rhyolite & Bullfrog Hills, 1909

Gold was first discovered in the Bullfrog District on August 9, 1904. The initial finds were high-grade surface ore assayed at $700 per ton — just the kind of stuff to start a boom.

Let's Go Adventure

Native Books at Legends' General Store

Sacred Smoke Book

From Native Voices comes this classic book on smudging. It explains and illustrates an integral part of traditional Native American life. Learn to make smudge sticks and to identify, gather, and grow a wide range of sacred plants for smudging. Featured plants include bayberry, cedar, desert sage, fennel, mugwort, mullein, sweetgrass, and yerba santa. Includes valuable advice on how to reclaim and find personal traditions and healing rituals.

Save 10% when you use coupon code 2021 in cart view.

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Native American Ordeals

Native American ritual for strength and vision, Edward S. Curtis, 1908

Originally, an ordeal was a form of trial to determine guilt or innocence; however, the term evolved to be applied to any severe trial or test of courage, endurance, or fortitude. Therefore, the two usages of the term among the North American tribes may be divided into those ordeals which were used to establish guilt and to settle differences, and those which were undergone for the sake of some material or supernatural advantage.

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The Stanley Brothers

F.O. and F.E Stanley sitting in one of their inventions

There is an old adage that claims two heads are better than one. Well, with the Stanley twins, F.O. and F.E., the adage was made manifest in spades.

Author Jim Hinckley brings us the tale of these automotive pioneers...

Read it here

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Shakespeare New Mexico

A number of buildings remain, including the Grant House, a saloon, the Stratford Hotel, a blacksmith shop, powder magazine, the assay office, and more.

Kiowa Indians by J. V. Dedrick, 1908.

Originating in the northern basin of the Missouri River, the Kiowa migrated to the Black Hills around 1650. Today, there are more than 12,000 Kiowa, many of whom live in Oklahoma.

Central City, Co in the early years

On May 6, 1859, John H. Gregory followed Clear Creek upstream looking for gold. He discovered what was later called “The Gregory Lode” in a gulch between what later became Central City and Black Hawk.

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