All posts in Southwest Legends

  • Lost Song of the Iron Horse
    August 3, 2016, 1 Comment

    If the Wild West was explored by the pioneers, it was settled by the railroad. The sound of the iron horse’s whistle echoing across the plains and mountains of the […]

  • Brekenridge, Colorado
    The Lost Tenderfoot Mine
    May 17, 2016, Comments Off on The Lost Tenderfoot Mine

    The Gold Rush in American started in 1849, when James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. News of the discovery swept the Nation like a fever. Nearly […]

  • Sierra Ancha Wilderness
    Sanders Lost Gold
    April 6, 2016, Comments Off on Sanders Lost Gold

    Another Arizona Lost Gold legend, is the legend of Sanders Lost Gold. Just before the Salt River in Gila County dumps into Roosevelt Lake, it passes through the wild country […]

  • 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 […]

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