All posts in Southwest Legends

  • A Miner’s Christmas Carol
    December 12, 2014, Comments Off on A Miner’s Christmas Carol

    Excerpt from story by Samuel Davis 1886 In 1858, in a small mining camp of about 300 men, a report came in that three men had been killed in a […]

  • El Sombrerón
    October 24, 2014, Comments Off on El Sombrerón

    Known as El Sombrerón, The Big Hat, this mischievous goblin of Guatemala has made its way into the legends of the Southwest along with settlers who came north from Mexico. […]

  • The Concept of Hózhó
    October 19, 2014, Comments Off on The Concept of Hózhó

    Since large chunks of Arizona and New Mexico, and part of Utah, make up the Navajo Nation (the Reservation or the Rez), the Native American presence is strong in the […]

  • Coyote: The Trickster
    March 17, 2014, Comments Off on Coyote: The Trickster

    In the Navajo Creation Myth, First Man was tasked with laying out the stars and placing them in precise points in the sky. Out of patience with the slow pace, […]

  • Mule Steak
    Mule for Yule
    December 12, 2013, Comments Off on Mule for Yule

    John C. Fremont, who history remembers as “The Pathfinder,” joined the Topographical Corps of the U.S. Army and led five expeditions to explore the West. On his fourth expedition, December […]

  • 1906 Dime
    Lost Treasure Wagons
    July 7, 2013, Comments Off on Lost Treasure Wagons

    Many years ago according to legend, the Denver Mint loaded a wagon train with money — new dimes, 4 – 6 kegs to be precise — and set out for […]

  • Stampede
    Ghost Riders
    May 19, 2013, Comments Off on Ghost Riders

    Most people have heard the haunting melody of the song Ghost Riders in the Sky. In case you haven’t, we’ve included a video of the song in the unmatched resonate […]

  • Chupacabra
    The Legend of the Chupacabra
    April 21, 2013, Comments Off on The Legend of the Chupacabra

    The Southwest is rife with legends on the Chupacabra, which means goat sucker in Spanish. This legendary animal is said to roam the wilds of Mexico, the southwestern US and […]

  • Jackalope Statue
    The Legend of the Jackalope
    February 22, 2013, Comments Off on The Legend of the Jackalope

    Throughout the Southwest in taxidermy shops and general stores everywhere, you will very likely encounter the fearsome remains of the Jackalope. Said to be a cross between a rabbit and […]

  • navajo-stars
    Navajo Legend of the Sun, Moon and Stars
    August 19, 2012, Comments Off on Navajo Legend of the Sun, Moon and Stars

    The Native Americans of the Southwest have many unique legends about how the sun, moon and stars were formed, much the same way ancient people all over the world invented […]

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