Kansas Myths and Legends explores unusual events, unsolved crimes, and legends in Kansas’s history. Each episode included in the book is a story unto itself, and the tone and style of the book is lively and easy to read for a general audience interested in Kansas history. The more than a dozen stories answer questions such as: Is it possible that a family of four living on the Kansas prairie got away with serial murder for more than three years and escaped to another part of the country to continue their killing spree? Are there still remnants of a late widow’s fortune buried throughout her property? Is the well-marked grave of Buffalo Bill Cody indeed his final resting place, or did some loyal friends surreptitiously remove him from Colorado and fulfill his last wish to be buried near his namesake town? From rumors of the Dalton gang’s buried treasures to the disappearance of an entire town, Kansas Myths and Legends makes history fun and pulls back the curtain on some of the state's most fascinating and compelling stories.
About the Author
Diana Lambdin Meyer is a Kansas City–based freelance travel writer. Her lifelong fascination with history and the odd details of life have inspired her to write about the myths and legends that have taken place in Kansas in the past 150 years.
Diana’s career as a travel writer has taken her, a farm girl from rural southern Illinois, to some of the farthest reaches of the planetbut some of her favorites stories and journeys have been just down the road and around the corner.
Diana is also the author of Day Trips from Kansas City and Nebraska: Off The Beaten Path (both Globe Pequot Press). She and her husband/photographer, Bruce, are active members of the Society of American Travel Writers. Follow their journeys at www.mojotraveler.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Bloody Benders: The First Family of Serial Killers
Chapter 2: The Frightful Childhood of Buffalo Bill Cody
Chapter 3: The Dalton Gang’s Buried Treasure
Chapter 4: Nicodemus, Kansas: Legendary Black Town of the American West
Chapter 5: The Phog That Blankets Lawrence, Kansas
Chapter 6: When General George Armstrong Custer Deserted His Post
Chapter 7: Dwight David Eisenhower
Chapter 8: Children: Free to a Good Home in Kansas
Chapter 9: Carry A. Nation in Kansas
Chapter 10: The Murder of the Hermit of Council Grove
Chapter 11: John Brown
Chapter 12: Amelia Earhart’s Return to Atchison, Kansas
Chapter 13: FBI Cover-Up in Kansas City
Chapter 14: Aunt Amanda’s Hidden Fortune
About the Author