Dr. History's Tales of the Old West

By Dr. Ken Turner

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alex
 Nov 2, 2020
the 'doctor' is presidential material: his facts n stories are delivered jest like Biden. His regular, weakly (sic) promise of "i'll look it up for next week" never delivers, jest like Trump never delivering on HIS promises. Dr History's a likeable, decent guy, but he's also the opposite of wikipedia. He should consider himself less of a Dr. of history & more of a Prof. ala irwin corey!

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 Apr 14, 2019

JW
 Sep 29, 2018
History comes alive in this great podcast!

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Dr. History's audio stories of the Old West. Stories of Cowboys, Indians, Mountain men, pioneers, the Oregon Trail, miners, cattle drives, stagecoach and bank robbers, the cavalry, outlaws and lawmen, some famous and some you have never heard of. From the Custer Battlefield to the Klondike to Indian battles to buried treasure and lost mines to the early explorers. I love telling true stories that shaped the old west.

Episode Date
And The Band Played On
1391
As Indians attacked a wagon train, the captain ordered the band to play. The Indians thought this might be a new powerful medicine, so they stopped and listened. The immigrants offered food and gifts, the Indians provided buffalo meat, disaster was averted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
Quicksand
1131
Movies and TV show people dying a slow death or getting rescued just before going under. Experts today say you cannot drown in quicksand and there are techniques to get yourself out with help or even by yourself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
Deadwood Dick
1467
A fictional character invented by author Edward Wheeler was a popular “Half Dime” novel. Six men claimed to be Deadwood Dick, but Richard Clark actually began to think he really was Deadwood Dick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Jim Bridger and Sir George Gore
1367
Money was no object when Sir George Gore hired Bridger for a hunting expedition. It took forty men, 112 horses and 6 wagons to carry his gear. He shot forty bear, 2500 buffalo and many elk, deer, antelope and other small game. Unfortunately, he wasted the meat and pelts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Cole Young, Train Robber
1363
He led a band of robbers in New Mexico, robbed a train in Santa Fe and killed a man. His last train robbery was fatal when U.S. Deputy Marshal H. W. Loomis was a passenger on the train. His gang got away, but he didn’t. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
Stagecoach Stories
1499
Stage drivers took pride in being an expert in their profession facing outlaws, bad roads and terrible weather. Roadside Inns were crowded, dirty and the food was just as bad. Conditions improved as some stages operated as late as the 1920’s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
Robbery of the Denver Mint
1459
Jim Clark was a trusted employee until he embezzled $37,000 to cover his gambling debts. He got lost, his horse got away, he walked for miles, but with a $1000 reward he was captured. He escaped but was captured again and spent a few years in jail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Tobacco in the Old West
1459
It was used in America long before the first settlers. Indian tribes used it in pipe ceremonies to seal a treaty or agreement and for spiritual ceremonies. It had medical uses as a pain killer and as a poultice. Old timers used pipes, cigars, cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
The Chinese and the Central Pacific
1478
It was said the western portion of the Transcontinental Railroad would not have been possible without the Chinese. They made good money and were skilled in the use of black powder. They did what no one else was willing to do and set the example of steadiness, diligence and clean living. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
Little Jo
1486
Little Jo could run faster, shoot straighter, handle a lariat, and ride the toughest broncs. He started his own ranch and rode in a Wild West Show which was filmed and was the first western film shown west of the Mississippi. Little Jo died in 1903 and it was discovered that Little Jo was actually a woman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Pitamakan
1377
Orphaned at age 15 she raised four younger siblings. Strong and independent and courageous, she joins war parties and is considered "good medicine" by the Medicine Man.  She became a war chief of the Blackfeet tribe and was honored by naming a waterfall after her. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 31, 2022
Jed Smith and the Bear
1438
Attacked by a grizzly bear, Smith’s scalp, ear and left eyebrow were nearly completely torn off. With scissors, needle and thread, Jim Clyman sewed the scalp and ear back on Smith’s head. He wore his hair long to try to cover the severe scars. At age 32, he was killed by Indians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2022
End of the Open Range
1448
Millions of dollars were spent raising cattle by ranchers, including Theodore Roosevelt. The 1862 Homestead Act opened the range for farmers which conflicted with ranchers. Windmills, the steel plow and barbed wire, along with severe winters contributed to the demise of the open range.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2022
The Lost Dutch Oven Mine
1372
Tom Scofield stumbled onto a deserted mine with rich ore and a Dutch oven filled with gold nuggets. He was so excited to spread the news he didn’t identify landmarks as he left. He spent years trying to locate the mine without success. He was contacted by many people hoping to find his mine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Life on the Reservation
1416
Freda Snell’s father was the Indian agent for the Northern Cheyenne and Sioux Indian Reservations. She grew up on the reservations as her father taught farming, canning, gardening and ranching. She met two Chiefs who were at the Custer Battle. The Indians were honest, hardworking, industrious and had a good life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Doc Crumbine
1302
He was Dodge City’s doctor. His projects included treating alcoholism in babies, milk to be served in sealed containers, laws regulating patent medicines and food.He waged a war on flies and typhoid. Had “Don’t spit on the Sidewalk” printed on sidewalk bricks to help prevent tuberculosis and promoted pasteurization of milk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Doc Zahl
984
He and his brother learned to ride and shoot, in the Dakota Territory they began hunting buffalo. He was in the saloon when Wild Bill Hickok was killed. They were hired to rebury the soldiers who were killed with Custer at the Little Big Horn. He rescued Charles Russell and hunted with Theodore Roosevelt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Buffalo Migration and Hunters
1505
Buffalo migrated north in summer and south in winter from New Mexico to Central Canada. Native American hunters defended what they considered their hunting ground from other tribes. It was a rite of passage for a young Native American to kill a buffalo on another tribe's land. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
John Muir in Alaska
1441
He was eager to explore Glacier Bay, take notes and map the coastline 200 miles north. They pushed through ice floes in a dugout canoe. He explored Taylor Glacier, nearly falling to his death in a crevasse, but proved that the glacier was growing and later helped create Sequoia, Mount Rainier and Grand Canyon national parks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
Custer and the Black Hills
1475
General George A. Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills as the government was trying to buy the land from the Sioux and move them to a reservation. Gold was discovered which led to the Black Hills gold rush. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
Robert Kennecott
1429
Hired by Western Union to prepare a telegraph route from Canada across Alaska in an attempt to connect with Europe across the Bering Strait. His crew worked mostly in the dark in sub-zero weather with little food, Kennecott died before learning that a cable had been laid across the Atlantic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
Eugene Blair
1506
Outlaws learned to avoid any Wells Fargo stage that was guarded by expressman, Eugene Blair. He not only guarded express, he also tracked down outlaws and escorted prisoners. He was considered a man of "courage and prompt action." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Early Medicine
1393
If purging, blistering, sweating or bleeding didn’t work, the patient didn’t have much hope. Homeopaths, hydropaths, botanic doctors, bonesetters and inoculators, Indian healers and midwives had their place. But rest, fluids and tender loving cured most illnesses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
Pat Garrett
1452
Before he killed Billy the Kid, he killed Joe Briscoe. Billy and Pat were great friends. Billy bought Pat clothes, gave him a horse and saved him from a gunfight. They ate, drank, double dated and played cards together and were known as "Big Casino" and "Little Casino." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Billy the Kid - After Death - Part 2
1490
Who knows the truth? Was his grave marker shot to pieces, made from a fence post, in a museum or washed away by a flood? And his coffin, filled with a saddle bag and rocks, a side of beef or just dirt? The exact location of the grave is anybody’s guess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
Billy the Kid - After Death - Part 1
1531
Newspapers sell papers with exciting headlines, true or not. Was his finger cut off, his body dug up and bones held together with wires, body parts on display at county fairs, his skull owned by an Albuquerque man? Not according to Pat Garrett. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
Uncommon Outlaws
1442
Anthony Blum outwitted a priest. Cyclone Bill claimed a cyclone took him, his mules and wagon in Arizona and dropped them in Kansas. George and Wheeler destroyed an express car with dynamite. Amateur cattle thief “Russian Bill” ended up on the end of a rope. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
The Last Old Time Prospector
945
Frank “Shorty” Harris spent his life in search of the big bonanza. From Idaho, Montana, Arizona and California he found good mines, but not fortune. Buried in a national park, a bronze plaque reads, “Here Lies Shorty Harris, a single blanket jackass prospector." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Trappers and Trailblazers - Part 3
1481
Jim Beckworth became a war chief of the Crow, trapped for the Rocky Mountain and American fur companies. Trappers struggled to survive severe cold, Indians, dysentery, smallpox, tetanus, bears and rattlesnakes. A good year could net him as much as $2000 at the rendezvous to buy supplies for another perilous year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
Trappers and Trailblazers - Part 2
1529
William Ashley formed the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. In 1822 he hired Jed Smith, Jim Bridger, Tom Fitzpatrick, Hugh Glass and the Sublette brothers. He organized the first rendezvous at Henry’s Fork on the Green River, each year moving to other locations, Fort Hall, Pierre’s Hole, Jackson Hole and others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
Trappers and Trailblazers - Part 1
1469
John Colter was returning to St. Louis with Lewis and Clark when he returned to the wilderness to guide and trap beaver. He traveled through Idaho, Wyoming and Montana searching for beaver and working with Indians. He was chased for six miles by Blackfeet Indians, running naked he survived by hiding in a river. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
Pioneer Stage Lines - Part 2
1500
Mail carriers began carrying express, cash, bank drafts, gold and silver resulting in the first stage robbery. Wells Fargo contracted with existing companies to carry their express. First class mail sometimes eventually made it, second class mail might be found along the trail or thrown under wagon wheels to help cross mud bogs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022
Pioneer Stage Lines - Part 1
1384
Mail service from Missouri to Sacramento faced 2500 miles of freezing weather, snowstorms, Indians and waterless deserts. Many companies had no coaches, they used wagons, mules and even on foot to deliver the mail that many times never reached their destinations.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 21, 2021
Old West Newspapers
1340
Thousands of papers started between 1846 to 1890, many were short lived. People were hungry for news. Papers printed speeches, sermons, poetry, murders, war news, ads, legal notices and even printed in some foreign languages. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
Indian Music
1486
Music was very important in the lives of Native Americans. It tells their history, education, medicine and was sacred for special ceremonies. They used drums, flutes, whistles, rasps, rattles and chordophones. Singing was considered the most important part of their music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
Native American Languages
1404
There may have been as many as 300 Native American languages with only 175 remaining. They were complex and there was a tremendous variety among tribes. Navajo is the most difficult to learn and the most commonly spoken in the U.S. and was used in World War II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
Great Plains Indians
1485
They had a rich culture and organization. Some were nomadic, others were farmers who traded between tribes. Many cooperated to maintain peace. Marriage and raising children involved the whole family. Men and women had their roles. They believed in a spirit world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Yellow Wolf
1344
A first cousin to Chief Joseph, he followed the famous chief and the Nez Perce. He fought at White Bird Canyon, the Clearwater River and in the Battle at the Big Hole. They nearly made it to join Sitting Bull in Canada but surrendered and ended up on the Colville Reservation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
Bloody Island
921
Dueling was considered the gentlemen's code of honor. Dueling was illegal, so a small island in the Mississippi became the ideal site . The challenged party chose weapons, distance and volleys. One of the most famous was Abraham Lincoln, he chose the cavalry broadsword. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
Private Charlie Windolph
1508
Windolph gives his first person account at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. At age 97 he was the last survivor of the troopers who fought there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
Wyatt Earp in San Diego
1455
After the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Wyatt and his wife moved to San Diego. He invested in real estate, had three saloons, owned race horses, harness horses and refereed boxing matches. Wyatt acquired a small fortune while living in San Diego, he died January 13, 1929 in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
Sooners and Boomers
1535
Thousands waited for the starting gun to begin the race to stake their claim on 160 acres or townsite lots in several million acres. Each lot had been surveyed and the coordinates left on a pile of rocks they then rushed to town to file their claim. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
Captain Joseph La Barge and Captain Grant Marsh
1520
Both were successful Missouri Riverboat Captains, fighting Indians, ever-changing river conditions. The river was different going upstream compared with downstream. Marsh captained the Far West to the Little Bighorn river to rescue survivors of the Custer Battle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Steamers on the Big Muddy
1543
In 1819 the Independence was the first of hundreds of steamers on the Missouri River. Three hundred steamers were destroyed by snags, fire, crushed by ice, violent winds or boiler explosions. The Saluda was the worst disaster on the Missouri, the boiler exploded killing 200 crew and passengers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
A Cattle Drive
1611
Young Baylis Fletcher hired on to drive cattle from Texas to Wyoming. He faced a stampede, quicksand in the Red River, hail storms, Indians and endless miles of brown grass prairies. The boy Fletcher passed the test, he became a cowboy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
Cap Guns
868
Oh the good ole days when I rode the range with my trusty Mattel “Peacemaker” six shooter. Cap guns first appeared in the 1860's. Movies and TV from the forties through the sixties was the age of cap guns. We all wanted to be like Roy Rogers, Annie Oakley, Gene Autry. The Lone Ranger, Cisco Kid, Hopalong Cassidy were our heroes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
Harry Tracy
1513
He started by stealing geese, but quickly moved on to house breaking, robbing saloons and stores, ending up in prison. He added murder to his list while escaping prison. He continued a life of crime until caught by a posse while hiding in a wheat field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
Mary Draper Ingles
1538
Kidnapped by the Shawnee with her two sons. She escaped, traveled 500 to 600 miles, crossed 145 creeks and rivers, nearly froze, survived living on black walnuts, wild grapes, sassafras leaves, blackberries, even dead animals. After traveling 42 days she was reunited with her husband. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
Old West Towns - Part 2
960
Despite the wind, droughts, flash floods, blizzards or fires the people found time for fun. Dances, sleigh rides, lectures, horse and foot races, but baseball was the favorite. Independence Day was a favorite, lots of food, fun and patriotic programs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
Old West Towns - Part 1
1508
Early towns were in need of skilled cabinet makers, tailors, saddlers, shoemakers, doctors and teachers. They didn’t always get the best, but the good ones helped build the towns and the old west. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
Snake River Gold
1441
Gold may have been discovered in Idaho as early as 1853. Legend is a Nez Perce Indian woman led white men to the first discovery of gold that became the Oro Fino mines in North Idaho. More lesser known mines were found throughout Idaho. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
Judges of the Old West
1088
Judges could be threatened, intimidated, even killed. Court could be held in a saloon, pool halls or a tent. Some had limited knowledge of law and could be bribed or pocket fines. There were probably more honest judges than dishonest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Law and Order
1494
Vigilantes took care of lawbreakers until town Marshalls and county Sheriffs were hired. Desperate towns would even hire bad men. Duties could include health and fire inspector, bill collector, tax collector, street cleaner, even shooting unlicensed dogs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Gamblers
1590
A favorite pastime, poker, dice, keno, faro, roulette, chuck-a-luck, dog and cock fights, horse racing and boxing. There were as many ways to gamble as there were to cheat and take a man's hard earned money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
Peg Leg Smith
1484
He cut off his own leg after being shot, carved his own wooden leg and established Fort Smith. He sold goods to travelers, was a rugged, whiskey-drinking, storytelling, horse thieving rascal, but a famous man who helped establish the west. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
The Scouts
1626
Former trappers became scouts for the explorers, missionaries, surveyors, the army and wagon trains. Many were pathfinders who opened up the West, men like Jim Beckworth, Jim Baker, Jim Bridger, Tom Tobin and Kit Carson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
A Patriotic Program
1435
Francis Scott Key witnessed the British bomb Fort McHenry. Despite direct hits, the huge torn and battered American flag survived, inspiring him to pen our National Anthem. Captain William Driver was the first to proclaim our flag as “Old Glory." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
The Spaldings
1532
Henry and Eliza opened the Lapwai Mission among the Nez Perce. They were welcomed, opened a school and provided medical treatment. Henry clashed with the Shamans, the Mountain men and the Nez Perce men as he tried to force them to work. They eventually moved to Oregon City, Oregon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
The Whitman Tragedy
1492
The Whitmans and Spaldings wanted to convert the Indians. The influx of settlers and infectious diseases caused large numbers of Indians, especially children to die. Indians blamed the Whitmans resulting in the ambush and death of settlers including the Whitmans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
Oregon Trail Along the Snake River - Part 2
1545
A veteran trapper guide was a great help. He knew where there was grass, water, wood, where to cross rivers and avoid hostiles. Fort Hall on the East was considered the most important post on the Snake River. Fort Boise on the West provided safety, grass, water and wood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
Oregon Trail Along the Snake River - Part 1
1459
The Spauldings and Whitmans showed that a wheeled wagon could cross the country. Crossing the Snake River Plain was dry, dusty, with little food, grass was scarce, sharp rocks slashed the feet of the animals. Indians were friendly at first until they saw the destruction of the thousands of travelers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
The Lost Golden Lake
1540
In a blinding blizzard Ashton Teeples stumbled onto a lake. In three days he panned $225,000 in gold nuggets. He survived attacks by two different outlaw bands, shot six times, rescued by Mexican sheepherders, his life was saved. He enjoyed his fortune, but the golden lake was never found again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2021
Bering Sea Whaler
1021
In 1856 six year old Minnie and her mother Mary with her husband Captain Sam Lawrence boarded the whaling ship Addison. They spent the next four years in the Alaskan waters returning to Massachusetts with a full load of oil and baleen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 25, 2021
Brush Poppers
1525
Mossy horn steers were wild and dangerous. The cowboys wore heavy leather chaps, gauntlets and jackets to protect themselves as they crashed through mesquite trees, prickly pears, and other thorny shrubs chasing these wild cattle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 18, 2021
Oliver Loving
1369
Oliver Loving and his partner Charles Goodnight pioneered cattle drives. Loving and Bill Wilson escaped an Indian attack by swimming the Pecos River. Loving was wounded but made it to Fort Sumner where he died. Goodnight carried his body back to Texas for burial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 11, 2021
Guns of the Old West
1470
Which gun won the West? The Hawken, Samuel Colt's pistols, the Springfield "needle gun," Winchester, Smith and Wesson, Sharps? All played their role in taming the west. The double barrel shotgun was versatile, economical, good for hunting, defense, the true workhorse of the Old West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2021
The Outlaw Burt Alvord
1538
Marshall Alvord and his gang successfully robbed a train, his next train robbery failed landing him in jail. He escaped and headed to Mexico. He helped capture outlaw Augustine Chacon. Jailed after another robbery, he spent two years in prison. He died from yellow fever in Barbados. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
The Great Diamond Hoax
1518
Partners Arnold and Slack showed investors a sack of diamonds they "claimed" they found. They led a group to Wyoming where they had "salted" a small area with uncut diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. Geologist Clarence King, a government surveyor exposed the hoax as "utterly valueless" and "unparalleled fraud." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
Snowshoe Thompson
1460
For twenty years he skied 90 miles over 50 foot snowdrifts through blizzards to haul the mail over the Sierras. He saved the lives of miners, hauled clothing, books, emergency supplies, tools, pots and pans never thinking of himself. He helped anyone in need and left his mark in California's history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Hats and Caps
1555
John Stetson created the "Boss of the Plains." It kept the sun off your eyes and neck, could be a bucket, was customized by the owner and may cost two months wages. The "coonskin cap" was never worn by Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett or Lewis and Clark except on TV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
Frontier Teachers
1484
Women proved to be the best teachers as new towns sprang up in the west. Despite limited supplies, school houses and poor pay, they helped with the westward expansion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
Native American Mothers
1458
Sacred rituals before during and after childbirth was essential for the family. Some foods were taboo, they used herbs and teas to relieve pain and had their own version of disposable diapers. At least half their babies didn’t survive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
Mary Musgrove
1493
The Pocahontas of Georgia, she helped General Oglethorpe establish the Colony of Georgia. As an interpreter she helped prevent war, supplied meat, bread and food for the colonists. Considered the most important figure in Georgia's colonial history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
Louise Siuwheem
1465
She saved her Coeur d'Alene tribe from attacking enemies. Called "the spiritual directress, guardian angel of her tribe." She helped convert many of her tribe to Christianity and helped build the Citaldo Mission. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
Bill Pickett
1542
He invented the technique of bulldogging a steer by biting it's lip. He got the idea by watching bulldogs bite the lips of steers. He traveled the world with the 101 Ranch Wild West Show and amazed thousands. Will Rogers said, "Bill Pickett never had an enemy, even the steers wouldn’t hurt old Bill."  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 02, 2021
Buffalo Shooters
1502
In 1872 thousands of shooters killed thousands of buffalo. Shooters could be killed by range fires, gored or trampled by the buffalo, even freezing to death. By 1872 the vast herds were reduced to a few thousand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 23, 2021
Indian Buffalo Hunters
1498
They used buffalo jumps, fire, deep snow and frozen rivers. With horses they were able to ride into the herd. Buffalo meant meat, robes, clothes, furniture, jewelry, artwork, cookware and bedding, nothing was wasted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 16, 2021
The American Buffalo
941
Buffalo hunters killed for their hides, but thousands died from lightening strikes, wild fires, disease and tornados. They got mired in mud bogs, quick sand, river bottoms and tar pits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 09, 2021
The Ghost Dance and the Battle of Wounded Knee
1762
Sitting Bull and the Ghost Dance gave hope for a return to the old ways and eliminating the white man. Warriors and cavalry from the Little Big Horn were to meet again with tragic consequences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
The Hungry Winter
1496
The 1863 gold rush brought thousands to Virginia City, Montana. Winter of 1865, food was scarce, early snow blocked supplies. Flour went from $25 to $100 a sack. Mobs of hungry miners stormed the stores searching for flour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 26, 2021
Jesse Stahl
1489
After riding "Glass Eye" he became famous. He invented "hoolihanding" and could ride a bucking bronco facing backwards while carrying a suitcase. An exceptional athlete. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 19, 2021
Texas John Slaughter
1478
He confronted Pancho Villa and Geronimo, rustlers and outlaws and only killed when necessary. He was a lawman, cattleman, gambler, gunman, businessman and empire builder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 12, 2021
Mountain Charlie
1560
Bear fighter, settler, miner, freighter, stage coach owner and successful businessman. Known for surviving a savage bear attack that took part of his skull, he wore a hat to try to hide the scars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 05, 2021
A Christmas Story
1434
From Abraham to the Maccabees to Herod the Great the stage was set for the birth of Jesus Christ. What a pioneer Christmas was like. A World War II story of German and American soldiers on Christmas. Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 22, 2020
The Comstock Fire
1512
Virginia City had several fires, but the 1875 fire was the largest. Over 2,000 buildings destroyed, 300 people left homeless and damages at one million dollars. Mines reopened the next day, the townspeople considered this a minor setback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 15, 2020
Cole Younger
1444
Cole Younger was a tough outlaw, shot eleven times after failing to rob the bank at Northfield, he was captured and sent to prison with his brothers. Brother Bob died in prison, Jim committed suicide, Cole toured in a wild west show and died at age 71. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 08, 2020
Boxing in the Old West
1503
Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson promoted boxing matches in Alaska, Mexico and the U.S. Tex Rickard was the main force in million dollar world tile boxing matches, including Gentleman Jim Corbett, John L. Sullivan and Jack Dempsey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 02, 2020
Cherokee Bill
1477
"Dastardly Deed of Demons" read the headlines as Cherokee Bill and the Cook Gang robbed the bank. He was caught and executed but not before leaving a trail of robberies and dead people.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
Bass Reeves
1401
The first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi. One of Judge Isaac Parker’s most valued deputies, He arrested over 3,000 felons including his own son. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
Laura Ingalls Wilder
1505
Born in 1867, her books have been translated into 40 languages. "Little House on the Prairie" was made into a popular TV show. She had her struggles and rejections but became popular among all ages. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 10, 2020
First Wagons West - Part 2
1515
The Mormon migration in 1847 established Salt Lake as the crossroads of the West where thousands replenished their supplies and animals on their way to the gold fields in California. The real money was made by those who, "mined the miners", selling goods and providing transportation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
First Wagons West
1473
William Ashley in 1827 took the first wheeled wagon west of the Missouri. William Sublette in 1829, Reverends Whitman and Spaulding in 1836. In 1843 the Stephens-Murphy party were the first to make it all the way to California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 27, 2020
City of Rocks Robberies
1453
The City of Rocks was feared due to Indian attacks and was a favorite place for robbers to hide and bury their loot. Some never returned; is the treasure still there waiting to be discovered? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 20, 2020
States Names
1519
Arizona, the Dakotas, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Idaho, California and Wyoming. How did they get their names? Some were Indian or Spanish names, others from the topography and others were named by Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 13, 2020
Maximilian's Gold
1441
Bill Murdock and his gang agreed to guide ten heavily loaded wagons to San Antonio. It was discovered the wagons contained treasure. Murdock was the lone survivor after his gang robbed the wagons and were then killed by Indians. The treasure remains hidden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 06, 2020
Barkerville B.C.
1462
Billy Barker was one of dozens of English sailors who jumped ship in search of gold. At the bottom of a fifty foot hole they struck gold and Barkerville became a boom town. Billy lost his fortune and died a poor man. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 29, 2020
Blue Bucket Mine
1449
A lost wagon train in Oregon sparked a gold rush. Three young men picked up some unusual looking pebbles in a creek, they carried them in a blue bucket back to the wagon train. Only later was it discovered to be gold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 22, 2020
The Sultana
1498
The Mississippi River was the scene of many riverboat disasters including the worst maritime disaster in the United States. In 1865, the boilers exploded on the Sultana killing hundreds of recently released Civil War prisoners and passengers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 15, 2020
Smallpox
1514
The scourge of the West, it attacked whole tribes and left few survivors. As trade increased so did the disease, as trappers, immigrants and Indians traded goods that were often infected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2020
Mat Nelson - Part 2
1461
After the Figure Four, he became a Deputy U.S. Marshall. He tracked outlaws, horse and cattle thieves, put many behind bars including a notorious "Quail Netter". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 01, 2020
Mat Nelson - Part 1
1457
By age fifteen he could ride and rope with the best and survived his first cattle stampede. While working for the Figure Four he witnessed a deadly gun battle and had some fun with an Eastern greenhorn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 25, 2020
The Jackass Mail
1386
The San Antonio to San Diego mail line was a true test for the passengers who didn't know if they would be in a stage or on a mule. Poor shelter and food and not knowing when or if they would arrive at their destination. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 18, 2020
Alchesay
1360
Described as "a mass of muscle and sinew of wonderful courage and faithful", he mastered the skills of hunting, tracking and warfare. A Medal of Honor recipient, he advised President Grover Cleveland, Cochise and Geronimo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 11, 2020
Patrick Gass
1455
At 99, he was the last of the Lewis and Clark expedition. His journal was the first published account, seven years before Lewis and Clark’s journals. He served in the War of 1812, worked with Daniel Boone, married at age 58 and had seven children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 04, 2020
The Beaver
1501
A rodent, the largest in America, can weigh from forty to one hundred pounds. His chisel-like teeth can down huge trees and can build a dam as long as a thousand feet and fourteen feet high, big enough for John Colter to hide from Indians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2020
Maney Gault
1488
As a Texas Ranger, Gault helped stop Bonnie and Clyde's reign of terror. Loyal, modest and "unbreakable", he solved cases of murder, bank robbery and cattle rustling, one of the greatest Texas Rangers of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 21, 2020
Whiskey in the West
1430
Whiskey was used as a trade good by early explorers and immigrants. "Rectified" whiskey contained tobacco juice, kerosene or grain alcohol to water it down and sell more at $30 a gallon, $900 in today’s money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 14, 2020
Pearl Hart
1474
She got lost after robbing a stage and was arrested, while in prison she became one of the most famous women in Arizona. A petite lady or a dangerous outlaw? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2020
Showdown at Pine Ridge
1501
Four hundred Brul'es Indians on war ponies demanded food at the Pine Ridge Reservation. With a force of a few troops and 100 Oglala Sioux Police, agent McGillicuddy stood with his watch in hand and gave the war party five minutes to leave. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 30, 2020
Massacre Rocks
1322
Horror week along the Oregon Trail in August 1862. A narrow passage between the Snake River and lava hills provided a good place for Indian attacks on wagon trains, though most pioneers died from disease or accidents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 23, 2020
The Cowboys
1467
The biggest outlaw gang, they robbed, stole thousands of cattle and killed at least thirty five men. Wyatt Earp and his six-shooter ended the career of some of those outlaws. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 16, 2020
Women of the West
1414
Sacajawea helped Lewis and Clark, Elizabeth Custer was with her husband at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Natawista played an important role at Fort Union and Medora helped her husband run his businesses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2020
Billy the Kid: Last Interview
1383
140 years after Billy's death, an interview published in the Las Vegas Gazette was discovered. He was in a Santa Fe Jail at the time and appeared cheerful, possibly because he was digging a tunnel to escape. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 02, 2020
The Battle of Sugar Point
1382
Thirty five Chippewa Indians held off several hundred troopers in the last conflict between Indians and white settlers in North America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2020
Rain-in-the-Face
1385
He fought in the Battle of the Little Big Horn and was accused of killing Custer, which he both denied and claimed. He bravely fought for his people and country, converted to Christianity but never lost his hatred for the whites. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 19, 2020
Phillip Nolan - Horse Trader
1415
In the 1790's there were thousands of wild horses in the Southwest. Nolan traded with Indians and drove herds to Eastern buyers. His final expedition ended with a bullet in his head from Spanish soldiers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2020
Death at Fort Walla Walla
1380
When gambler A.J. Hunt shot Private Emit Miller, he faced the wrath of the entire 4th U.S. Cavalry. Under cover of darkness the troopers stormed the jail and escorted Hunt outside where his life came to a deadly end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2020
Arizona Charlie
1230
He organized the first rodeo, set records in steer roping and joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. He traveled the world, met famous people, started his own wild west show and opened the Palace Grand Theatre in the Klondike. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 28, 2020
Quanah Parker
1347
With a white mother and Comanche father, he was born to greatness and excelled in both cultures. He was a Comanche Chief and remained warrior to the end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 21, 2020
Buffalo Drives
1456
Before guns and horses, Indians learned how to kill buffalo. The buffalo caller and tribe members lured, then stampeded the herd over a cliff. Buffalo provided food, clothes, tools, bowstrings and pemmican. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2020
Freighting to Deadwood
1418
Charlie Zabel hauled clothing, food, tools and machinery across treacherous rivers, Indian country and outlaws. A fast rising river nearly drowned his oxen and threatened to destroy his six wagons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 07, 2020
LTC William Travis
1451
Little is known of Travis at the Alamo and how he died, the best source is from Travis's slave, Joe. He said Travis climbed the rampart, was shot and killed. A Mexican solder said, "The chief they called Travis died like a brave man." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 31, 2020
Lawmen of the Old West
1528
Most lawmen did their job with long hours and low pay while guarding the citizens. Some lawmen rode both sides of the law, Henry Plummer, Johnny Behan, Frank Dyer, Tom Horn, Ben Thompson and Henry Brown. Their careers ended at the end of a rope. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 24, 2020
Montana's Wolf Wars
999
Although wolves ran across North America, ranchers in Montana faced the loss of their herds. They hired "Wolfers" to kill wolves, including the famous renegades "Custer Wolf" and "Livingston." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 17, 2020
Willie Chadburn
1463
He lived up to his reputation as the "Black Sheep" of the family. Robbery was not successful, jail only made him more determined to continue robbing, until the posse caught up with him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 10, 2020
Yellow Wolf
986
Nez Perce leader Yellow Wolf was a cousin of Chief Joseph. As a member of Joseph’s tribal band, Yellow Wolf fought and surrendered with Joseph in their tribe’s attempt to escape to Canada in the summer of 1877. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 03, 2020
Drought in the Old West
1462
Droughts on the Great Plains caused the death of thousands of cattle and bankrupt ranchers. With the building of dams, windmills and range management, ranchers were able to raise huge herds of cattle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2020
John Christopher Columbus Hill
1057
At age thirteen he fought along side his brother and father against Mexican soldiers until captured. Adopted by Santa Anna, sent to College, earned a Doctorate, held lofty positions and helped negotiate the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2020
Buffalo Bill in Paris
1193
Cody’s Wild West Show gave audiences real life experiences, Indian battles, horse races, buffalo hunts and rodeo events. In Europe he attracted huge crowds including royalty, Visitors could walk among Indians in their tipis, corrals of buffalo and horses and even visit with Cody and Annie Oakley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 11, 2020
The Tres Piedras Legend
927
Pierre LaFarge, an ex French Priest, together with twelve other Frenchman, robbed a gold cache in Mexico. They also killed and robbed Mexican miners. The treasure was buried near Flag Springs, LaFarge and the Frenchman died or were killed, the treasure remains, maybe? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2020
Yellow Jacket Mine
1558
The remoteness of the mine made it a huge challenge to deliver materials. Even with hard work and strong mules the mine was never very successful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 28, 2020
Stage Station
1516
John Martin’s well provided water for the relay station and travelers. Stage driver Jacoby raced for the safety of Martins Well trying to outrun the Indians and save himself and his passengers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 21, 2020
Rattlesnake Dick
1471
A handsome, brilliant well dressed gentleman, he had lots of friends and was very good at robbing Wells Fargo stagecoaches. Like most in his career, two well placed bullets ended his career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 14, 2020
Idaho Bill
1356
He claimed to be friends with Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill, Pawnee Bill, Billy the Kid and others. A natural showman, he never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2020
Stagecoaches and Robbers
1520
Hundreds of stages were robbed from 1856 to 1916, most did not yield much treasure. Travelers suffered extreme heat or cold and dust over rough roads. As many as 21 people crowded inside and on top for long trips. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 17, 2019
Chumash Indians
1511
Possibly the oldest tribe in California, with plenty of food, they had time for games, music, religious festivals, arts and crafts. They invented and built plank canoes which allowed them to travel and trade with other tribes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2019
Sharpshooters
1325
Ad Toepperwein, probably the greatest marksman of all time, traveled the country putting on exhibitions with his wife, Plinky. His greatest achievement, shooting for ten days, 72,500 targets made of 2 1/4 inch wood blocks, 7 hours a day, 68 1/2 hours, missing only 9 targets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 03, 2019
The Sheepeaters
770
This isolated distinct tribe lived a peaceful happy life high in the Rocky Mountains. Expert arrow makers, they excelled at tanning hides and making clothes, they traded with other tribes and mountain men. Smallpox took it’s toll leaving few Sheepeaters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 26, 2019
Jesse and Frank James
1479
After riding with Quantill’s guerrillas and Bloody Bill Anderson, it was an easy step for the brothers to start a life of crime. Were they heroes or cold blooded murderers? Jesse was killed, Frank became an honest citizen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2019
Baseball in the Old West
1445
In 1869 the Cincinnati Red Stockings took the Transcontinental Railroad to California to play the local teams. By the mid-1880s baseball teams spread over much of the West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 15, 2019
Curse of the Lost Creek Mine
1494
Peter Slumach, a Salish Indian, found gold worth millions, but was hung for murder. The curse claimed the lives of some who found the gold and many more who didn’t. According to Indian legend, only one with Indian blood can claim the gold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 06, 2019
Geronimo - The Later Years
1390
The once proud leader of the Apaches was reduced to selling his autograph and at 76, being "displayed" as dangerous. He died from pneumonia in 1909, not living long enough to see his people return to their homelands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 30, 2019
Calamity Jane
1524
Orphaned at age 14, Martha “Calamity Jane” Canary was left to care for five siblings. A dishwasher, cook, waitress, nurse, army scout, she dressed as a soldier, was compassionate to the sick and needy. Buried in Deadwood next to Wild Bill Hickok. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
Pasteur and Three-Fingered Jack
932
Two stories: Bitten by a rattle snake, Jack chopped off two fingers. He continued mining and made but lost a fortune. Willie Chamberlain was attacked by a rabid wolf, his only chance, go to Paris and seek treatment from Louis Pasteur. It worked. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2019
Greyson Welsh
988
Left an orphan, he herded cattle, was attacked by Indians, fractured legs and nursed back to health by Indians, nearly starved and frozen to death, his crew successfully brought the herd in after a 6,000 mile journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2019
Jeffords and Cochise
1471
He was a blood brother to Cochise and considered the only honest Indian agent. As treaties were made and broken, both Jeffords and Cochise could see the end of Indian life as they knew it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2019
"Brazen Bill" Brazelton
1554
He didn't swallow a wagon wheel but did single-handed rob stage coaches. He nearly got away by using disguises and putting horse shoes on backwards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 24, 2019
Sir St. George Gore
1448
A hunting trip with twenty eight wagons, oxen and horses, a personal cook and three waiters. Nice tent with heating stoves, brass bed, bathtub, oak table, fine dinnerware, a French rug, and most important, a fur-seated commode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2019
John Butterfield
1544
He organized the world’s longest transcontinental mail line. He bought horses, mules, wagons, hay and grain, way stations, dug wells, hired surveyors, drivers and blacksmiths. Mail was delivered in 25 days and linked East and West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 10, 2019
Mike Tovey
1454
Shotgun messengers faced dangers, few took as many risks as Tovey. After 23 years guarding for Wells Fargo, being wounded twice, he was killed in the line of duty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 03, 2019
The Golden Tunnel
1426
It began with "Buck" Rogers discovery of gold. The cursed treasure left a trail of dead men and is still there, perhaps being guarded by the dead miners whose remains are still there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 27, 2019
John Wesley Powell
1515
He was a soldier, geologist, professor, scientist and explorer. Facing dangerous rapids, he floated the Green River in Wyoming down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and after three months and 900 miles finished his first expedition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 20, 2019
Indian Traditions
1410
Over 1300 native civilizations called North America their home. The Indians had a close spiritual understanding of the creation of the earth and a belief that they were put here by a “Creator”, "Great Spirit”, “Master of Life”, or Wakan Tanka. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 13, 2019
Samuel Colt
1465
His first revolving six-cylindered pistol model was carved from wood, This led to the creation of a working rifle and pistol. Along with the Colt .45 "Peacemaker" were the Walker Colt, the "Texas" Patterson, the Dragoon, and the Model 1851 Navy .36 caliber. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 06, 2019
The Hanging Judge
1382
Judge Parker was a cheerful outgoing man, loved by children and devoted to his job.  He tried more than 13,000 people, three fourths were convicted, 344 carried the death sentence of which 88 died on the gallows.  George Maledon was the very efficient hangman who made sure the job was done right. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 30, 2019
The Buffalo Soldiers
1426
The oft forgotten black soldiers served faithfully in the Indian wars, risked their lives and proved to be hard working, dedicated and brave. Some received the Congressional Medal of Honor defending stage stations, forts and fighting Indians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 23, 2019
The Apache Indians
1540
Always on the move, they roamed a vast territory fighting and raiding other tribes. Freedom-loving, foxy, and deeply religious, they could outrun on foot the cavalry horses.  Among their friends were Generals Howard and Crook, Tom Jeffords and Al Seiber. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2019
The Mormon Exodus - Episode 2
1490
Brigham Young organized the exodus in 1847. They came by ship, wagon trains and handcarts to settle in the Great Basin. Immigrants heading west were able to replenish supplies and worn out stock.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 14, 2019
The Mormon Exodus - Episode 1
1547
Organized in 1830, the Mormon church claimed to have modern revelation, a prophet, and new scripture in the form of The Book of Mormon. These, along with the slavery issue and polygamy resulted in them being driven from Missouri and Illinois. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 09, 2019
Lincoln, New Mexico
1333
The most dangerous street in America known for the Lincoln County War with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. More than 50 lives ended due to accidents, revenge, violence and questionable frontier justice.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 02, 2019
Religion and Spirituality
1468
Native American women played an important role in the spiritual ceremonies of the tribe. They saw the forces of creation and offered prayers of thanks for food, good health and protection. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 25, 2019
Jackson Hole
1526
A hundred miles in any direction made Jackson Hole the ideal place for a rendezvous where furs and supplies could be traded. Jim Bridger, John Colter, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Jedediah Smith, William Sublett are among the great explorers and trappers who spent time in Jackson Hole. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2019
Edgar Rice Burroughs
1096
Yes, he wrote Tarzan but he also served in Troop B, U.S. 7th Cavalry stationed in Arizona Territory and joined in the search for the Apache Kid. This experience helped as he wrote, “The War Chief” and “Apache Devil". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 11, 2019
The Women of the Alamo
1496
Amid the terror of gunfire, cannons, fighting and death during the Battle of the Alamo, there were women and children that survived. After the battle Santa Anna gave each two silver dollars, a blanket and released them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 04, 2019
The Kolb Brothers
1500
They were among the first to float the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. They became famous for their photos showing the wonders of the Grand Canyon while guiding tourists on mules.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 28, 2019
Mental Illness
1513
Many mentally ill people were imprisoned, beaten, tortured, shackled and exhibited for show.  Dorothea Dix dedicated herself for forty years to provide proper treatment and facilities and more accurate diagnosis for these misunderstood people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 21, 2019
Lost Treasure
1545
Three Germans found the "Cement Mine" as did a lone prospector and a man named Whitman, all died and it remains lost. A lost Mexican girl and a wandering cowboy found sacks of gold nuggets, but it too remains hidden by the blowing sand in Death Valley. Lots of treasure is still there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 14, 2019
Billy the Kid’s Belle
1541
Paulita Jaramillo was friends with Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. She was interviewed and said there was no romance, just good friends. She was there when Garrett shot and killed the Kid in her brother, Pete Maxwell’s home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 07, 2019
Joaquin Murrieta
1456
Joaquin was a forty-niner, a vaquero, gold miner and famous outlaw.  His head ended up in a glass jar after Harry Love and the California Rangers tracked him down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 30, 2019
Klickitat Gold Mine
1491
The Chief of the Klickitat Indian tribe kept secret the location of the gold, the secret passed on father to son. The last person who knew the location, a Chief’s daughter, was killed by her drunken French husband, so the gold is still there.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 23, 2019
White Pass Trail
1469
From Skagway, this 45 mile trail to the Klondike witnessed the worst inhumane treatment of horses, mules and oxen. Over 3000 horses packed supplies and miners to Lake Bennett before being abandoned to die. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 16, 2019
Charles McKenzie
1534
The Klondike was the "big stampede on 1897". Thousands left Dyea and Skagway to began the "big climb," 1000 feet up the Golden Staircase to the summit, some never made it, buried by an avalanche. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 09, 2019
John M. Browning
1630
The gun wizard made his first gun at age 13, invented the lever action, pump, gas operated machine gun, semi-automatic pistol, belt fed machine gun, 37 mm cannon, BAR and more.  He had 128 patents with guns considered mechanical engineering marvels. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 02, 2019
Frank Hamer
1029
Hamer was a Texas Ranger, expert rifleman, hunter and tracker. He engaged in 52 gun battles, put away 21 bad guys, trailed Bonnie and Clyde and was there when they met their fate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2019
Talking Mirrors
1490
Communication was essential for military success. The heliograph, a device with moveable mirrors, was used on strategic mountain tops to help the Army follow the movements of Geronimo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 19, 2019
Frederic Remington
1057
He captured the "real authentic" west with his paintings, illustrations and sculptures. He loved horses, dogs, good cigars, was well liked and could drink anyone under the table. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 12, 2019
The Chisholm Trail
1534
Millions of cattle were rounded up in Texas and driven as far as Montana, California and Missouri. Cowboys, Indians, stampedes and ticks carrying "Texas Fever" were all part of the challenge of getting to the end of the trail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 05, 2019
George Ruffner
1525
Two young men headed West, they worked together learning how to be cowboys. They crossed paths many times, the last found them standing together on the gallows, one was to hang. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 26, 2019
Bose Ikard
1405
No longer a slave, he traveled West and became a trusted important partner in the Loving and Goodnight cattle business. He fought Indians, trailed herds, survived stampedes, raised a family and was honored in the the Texas Trail of Fame and Cowboy Hall of Fame. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 19, 2019
Medicine Man
821
Well respected and wise, he would sing, chant and dance to invoke the "Great Spirit". Herbs, roots, and blossoms were used as well as sweat baths and cold plunges . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 12, 2019
The Doomed Trio
1391
For seven years, Robinson, Hoback and Reznor trapped the Missouri, Snake and Madison Rivers and served as guides for the overland Astorians. Their dream of returning to Kentucky ended with their death on the Boise River. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 05, 2019
Coal Oil Jimmy
1557
James Buckley, "Coal Oil Jimmy", was a cold blooded killer. With partner Tom Taylor, they robbed stage coaches until two cowboys collected the $1200 reward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 29, 2019
A Soldier's Life
1590
Flogging, solitary confinement, time in the guardhouse or strapped to a ball and chain, punishment could be severe. Deserters often took army property and were seldom caught. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 22, 2019
Klondike Gamblers
1618
Win or lose, most gamblers never quit, with only a few managing to keep their wealth. Silent Sam won one hundred and fifty thousand dollars in one card game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 15, 2019
Horse Thieves
1622
The horse thieves thought they got away, but they didn't count on expert tracker George Goodhart. By using tact and being quick with a gun, George had never killed any of those he arrested. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 08, 2019
Christmas Stories
1141
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous song, "Christmas Bells" and how "Silent Night" came to be written and sung. Gate 67 and a Montana Christmas, two examples of the true spirit of Christmas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 25, 2018
Pioneer Christmas
894
Corn husk dolls, carved toys, knitted scarves and mittens, a small tree covered with popcorn and cranberries, and the food. A fat goose, roast elk and buffalo, smoked  tongue, chokeberry preserves, blackberry duff, what a feast for family and friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 18, 2018
Granville Stuart
1539
He was a "road" rancher, prospector, horse trader, blacksmith, merchant, civic leader and vigilante. He didn't make a fortune, but was known a "Mister Montana". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 12, 2018
Bethenia Owens
1519
As a daring female physician, she overcame prejudice and hardship to pave the way for others. She never refused a call, braving storms, floods and other obstacles to serve those in need. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 04, 2018
The Lost Bride
1494
Who was this beautiful well dressed young woman and how did her lifeless body end up in the river? Miners and Indians came together to give her a proper funeral. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 27, 2018
Gold Rush Robbers
1561
Some unlucky miners tried their luck at robbing stagecoaches. They didn't count on Nevada City marshal Steve Vernard and his trusty Henry rifle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 20, 2018
Chief Buffalo Horn
1585
The treaty was supposed to say, "Camas Prairie", not "Kansas Prairie", which led the Bannock Indians to revolt. An eye witness to the battle described how Chief Buffalo Horn was killed and the battle was over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2018
Stagecoach Stories
2579
Dirty, dangerous and slow, thousands traveled by stage. Despite robbers, Indians and narrow roads, the real terror was accidents, sometimes caused by careless drivers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 06, 2018
Joe Phy
1451
As Indians attacked the freight wagon, the military escort abandoned Joe and Mac. Muleskinner Joe held off the attack as Mac rode for help, but would they get there in time? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 30, 2018
Idaho Jack
1566
Known as the "King of Bears", Idaho Jack was big, smart and dangerous. Swartz didn't want to kill this legend; he wanted to outsmart and capture him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 23, 2018
Dave Simpson
1499
He was the blacksmith at the Rock Creek Station and rumored to be a horse thief. A detective found enough evidence, so it was decided that Dave Simpson must hang. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 16, 2018
Whipsaw and Little Cayuse
905
Whipsaw, an old trapper, took in a captive 2 year old Pawnee Indian boy. Named “Little Cayuse” he had an acute sense of alertness that enabled him to warn of approaching danger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 09, 2018
The Pony Express
1580
1900 miles of bandits, Indians, blizzards and deserts were challenges faced by these daring and brave young men. A financial failure, it lasted only 18 months. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 02, 2018
Klondike Justice
1500
The Chilcoot Pass was the route many miners took to the gold fields. They carried the required 2000 pounds of supplies and had their own form of justice for thieves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 25, 2018
The Comstock
1540
In 1851 the Grosh brothers discovered the Comstock Lode. This led to the greatest Nevada boomtown ever, Virginia City. Huge veins of silver and gold produced millions for many of the owners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 18, 2018
The Sundance Kid
1481
Harry Longabaugh, alias Bob Evans, Tex McGraf or Hiram Bebee, he fought for Pancho Villa, served in World War I, joined a gang with John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, and Pretty Boy Floyd. After killing Marshal Lon Larsen in Utah, he died in 1955 in the Utah State Prison.  Was this the real "Sundance Kid"?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 11, 2018
Butch Cassidy - Part 3
1589
Were Butch and Sundance killed in Bolivia?  Not according to his sister Lulu, his father, his brothers and more witnesses who met him long after he was supposed to have been killed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 04, 2018
Butch Cassidy - Part 2
1551
The outlaw years, robbing banks in Telluride, Montpelier, Castle Gate, the UP train and Winnemucca.  Butch, Sundance and Etta Place left for South America to try to begin a new life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 28, 2018
Butch Cassidy - Part 1
1528
Born Robert Leroy Parker, his grandparents left England, joined a Mormon handcart company and settled in Southern Utah. Oldest child of Maxi and Annie Parker, Butch met outlaw Mike Cassidy and began his career as a bank robber and outlaw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 21, 2018
The Townsmen - Part 2
1540
A land rush was an exciting race to claim a lot in a new town. The general store, or "shebang", was the life of the town, where goods could be purchased, including prefabricated homes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 14, 2018
Lawmen
1515
With a rifle, six-shooter, ammunition, horse and blanket, these men faced some of the worst outlaws. The pay was poor, some rode both sides of the law, but most were faithful brave men doing their job. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 07, 2018
The Townsmen
1569
Towns by the thousands sprang up across the west, some prospered and grew. They attracted butchers, bakers, merchants, doctors, but the editor of the newspaper was most important. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 31, 2018
Dave Tucker
1546
He spent time in jail for cattle rustling and robbing a bank. So how did this man become President of the very bank he helped rob, and became a stalwart citizen? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 24, 2018
The Triskett Gang
1533
Violence was not uncommon in the small gold rush towns, but the Triskett Gang were thieves and murderers. Frontier justice put an end to their rein of terror. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 17, 2018
Steamers on the "Big Muddy"
1510
Fires, snags, sand bars and exploding boilers were just some of the dangers for steamboats on the treacherous Missouri River. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 10, 2018
The Blue Roan Mankiller
1478
The outlaw horse had never been ridden and had killed two men. The pride of the ranch depended on Shorty and his bronc riding ability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 03, 2018
Kitchen-Table Surgery
1040
Setting broken bones, gunshot wounds, amputations, appendectomies, tracheotomies and even brain surgery was performed by skilled surgeons in the homes of pioneers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 26, 2018
King Fisher
1535
He was handsome, pleasant, a perfect gentleman but deadly with a six-gun. He rode both sides of the law, rustled a few cows, killed a few cowboys and died the way he lived. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 19, 2018
Steamboat Queen
1221
Steamboat races on the Sacramento River was a popular pastime. The captains would do anything to win, including ramming and shooting at the the other boat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 12, 2018
The Petrified Man
1576
Who was this man and how did he become petrified? Is it General Meagher or Antelope Charley? This rare specimen made a lot of money for the owners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 05, 2018
Malee Francis
1597
Malee, daughter of a Creek Indian Chief, was known as Florida's Pocahontas after saving the life of a soldier. She was the only woman in US history to be awarded a special medal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 29, 2018
A Soldier's Food
1558
Salt beef, salt pork, beans, bread, hardtack, cornmeal mush all washed down with black coffee and they did their own cooking. Food shortages were common, along with moldy, rancid and spoiled meat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 22, 2018
Curse of the Mine
1202
The Lost Creek Mine seemed to bring nothing but bad luck and for some a curse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 15, 2018
Hank Vaughan
1381
Vaughan was a mix of gunplay, murder, livestock rustling and occasionally a good citizen. The old gunfighter's body, scarred by thirteen bullet wounds, died falling off a horse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 08, 2018
The Gunnison Battle
1514
Captain John Gunnison was on a surveying mission in Utah Territory. A wagon train of Missourians, determined to kill Indians, and Pahvant Indians bent on revenge ended in tragic death on both sides, including Gunnison. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 01, 2018
Health on the Trail
1443
Early travelers faced choking dust, mud, insects, bad weather, not enough food, sickness and often death. Travelers preferred treatment from traders and mountain men. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 24, 2018
Spanish Gold
1361
In the 1600's, the Spanish enslaved local natives for mining gold. One man discovered gold, but was shot and killed. Before he died, he told a local cowboy where to find the treasure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 17, 2018
Ouray and Chipeta
1491
Ouray, a skilled hunter and fierce warrior, negotiated treaties and was known as the "Peace Chief". Chipeta, his wife, was respected and loved by her people and was known as "Queen of the Utes". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 10, 2018
Hole-in-the-Wall
1535
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid lived here along with 100 to 200 outlaws from 1880 to 1910. No sheriff or posse dared enter the hideout where an army of killers and robbers were living. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 03, 2018
Lost Mines of Idaho
1579
Some men carried the secret location of their rich finds to their graves, and yet over a billion dollars in gold and silver came from mines in Idaho, some of which were accidentally found. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 27, 2018
Sarah Winnemucca
1473
Born the daughter of Chief Winnemucca, Sarah was a guide and interpreter for the army. She spent her life trying to get sufficient food and clothing for her people living on reservations with dishonest Indian agents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 20, 2018
Tom Fitzgerald
1432
Nearly eaten by a bear, chased by Indians, he hid in a cave, nearly drowned, treed by wolves and near starvation, he was rescued by two trappers. Mountain man and trapper, Tom, finally made it to the annual rendezvous in Pierre's Hole. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 13, 2018
Range Wars
1494
Over 10,000 sheep and one man were killed during Oregon's sheep and cattle wars. The sheep shooters took an oath of secrecy to join the brotherhood of sheep haters hoping to drive sheep out of the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 06, 2018
Cowboy Poetry
1410
The Dude Wrangler, Jack Potter's Courtin', How Many Cows?, Young Fellers, Reincarnation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 27, 2018
Richard Kirkland
1479
The Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg saw thousands killed or wounded. Kirkland, became known as "the angel of Marye's Heights," as he bravely carried water into no-man's land to give relief to wounded soldiers from both sides. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 20, 2018
Africa - Part 2
1558
Majete Wildlife Reserve, Mount Mulanji, Monkey Bay and Lake Malawi, and amazing wildlife. The Dzaleka Refugee Camp with 7,000 people just trying to survive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 13, 2018
Malawi Africa - Part 1
1519
A beautiful green country, thousands of acres of maize, tea, tobacco, macadamia nuts. 24 hour stay in a village eating, sleeping and dancing with these great people. This is the first time the village has done this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 06, 2018
Soldiers on the March
1521
After a long trek and hearty meal of hardtack and salt pork they slept in a tent with twelve other soldiers. Water was sometimes strained through their sock causing various forms of intestinal distress (originally recorded 3/12/13). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 30, 2018
The Cavalry
1464
Life was rough for the cavalry, they faced Indians, bad weather, heat and lack of proper food. They took good care of their horses, carried their own gear and many hours in the saddle could cause "serious" discomfort (originally recorded 3/5/13). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 23, 2018
Tahlequah Canyon Battle
1555
Ned Christie, son of a Cherokee Chief, had money and education. He decided robbing banks, trains and stealing horses was a better vocation, until he met Heck Bruner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 16, 2018
Pioneer Women
1523
Nancy Kelsey was the first white woman to cross the Sierra Nevadas. She walked barefoot carrying a baby and was an inspiration to her fellow travelers. Nellie Chapman was the first licensed dentist in the Old West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 09, 2018
Pocahontas
1446
She was an Indian Princess, daughter of the Chief of the Powhatans. She saved John Smith, helped keep the peace and supplied the colonists with food, she played a major role in the "Miracle of Jamestown". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 02, 2018
Jollification
1504
All was not work for the pioneers. Jollification was the term used for any excuse to dance, celebrate, have quilting bees, barn raising, candy pulling and just getting together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 19, 2017
Buffalo Hunters
1417
Buffalo Bill, Wyatt Earp, Pat Garrett and Bat Masterson were buffalo hunters. Ranchers were glad to have more feed for their cows, for the Indians it was a tragedy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 12, 2017
Theodore Roosevelt
1501
Before politics he tried cattle ranching and was successful for awhile, but severe losses ended his cattle business. He gained fame in Cuba with his "Rough Riders" and eventually became our 26th President. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 05, 2017
Chief Joseph - Episode 3
1466
After 1600 miles fighting battles, hunger and cold, Chief Joseph surrendered. His famous words, "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 28, 2017
Chief Joseph - Episode 2
1556
Attempts at peace failed after a white flag of truce was ignored. After the Battle of White Bird Creek and the Clearwater, the military realized they were fighting brave skilled warriors fighting for their families. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 14, 2017
Chief Joseph - Episode 1
1590
Chief Joseph - Episode 1The Nez Perce, a gentle tribe, helped the white men, including Lewis and Clark. Trouble began with the signing of a treaty forcing some to leave their lands and leading to battles and a 1700 mile trek. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 07, 2017
Train Robbers
1411
America's first train robbery, five Reno brothers, stole a lot of money and set the example for future robbers. John spent 25 years in prison, the others met their fate at the end of a rope. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 31, 2017
The Snake River
1436
The quest for a river leading to the Pacific Ocean led to half-truths, exaggerations and downright lies. Captain Robert Gray, Alexander Mackenzie and the Lewis and Clark expedition finally established the rivers West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 24, 2017
The Missouri River
1487
A river of flowing mud, dead trees, and sand bars, yet thousands traveled by canoes, flatboats, Mackinaws, keelboats and steamboats to reach the Rockies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 17, 2017
Title The Fast Draw
1543
Real gunfights in the old west were not like those seen in movies. Bat Masterson, Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the gunfight at the OK corral all had their own gunfights. (Previously recorded show from Jan 22, 2013) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 10, 2017
Tonkawa Indian Tribe
1481
1862, The Tonkawa tribe awoke to an attack by the Shawnees, Delawares, Wichitas, Kickapoos and a few other tribes Why? Maybe it was because they acted as scouts for the Army in attacking other Indian tribes, or their tradition of eating their enemies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 03, 2017
Trail Trouble
1463
Cattle drives faced a lot of challenges, not always making a profit. Payment to Indians for crossing their land, freezing weather, buffalo, elk and deer mingling with the cattle were just some of the challenges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 26, 2017
Ambush on the Coquille
1508
Weary and starving, the explorers accepted food and a canoe ride only to be ambushed. Heddon packed his wounded companion over thirty miles to safety. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 19, 2017
Across Nebraska
1447
The UP began the Transcontinental Railroad in Omaha. Thousands worked in all kinds of weather, heavy lifting, shoveling, pounding spikes, setting ties and rail, they accomplished the impossible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 12, 2017
The Graders
1477
With picks, shovels, wheel barrows, teams and scrapers, they prepared the grade for ties and rails. The Chinese ate healthy, worked hard and had the most dangerous job of drilling and blasting the solid rock to build the tunnels. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 05, 2017
The Surveyors
1389
They came first to lay out and mark the line for the Transcontinental Railroad, trying to avoid lakes, mountains and rivers. Like Lewis and Clark, they explored the west to find the best route. Grenville Dodge fought Indians, explored and found the route West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 29, 2017
The First Cowboys
1398
Texas was the cattle raising industry which gave rise to the first cowboys. Armed to the teeth, spurs, long hair covered with a broad-brimmed sombrero was the look of the Texas cowboy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 22, 2017
Wild West Shows
1475
Buffalo Bill's Wild West show began in 1883. Gunfights, outlaws, stagecoach and wagon train attacks, sharpshooters and Cossack Prince Tifto all added to the excitement of a real Wild West Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 15, 2017
Roman Nose
1516
Never a Cheyenne Chief, he believed he could not be killed due to his "great medicine". He rode in front of the enemy while arrows and bullets whistled past, with not even a scratch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 08, 2017
Idaho Cowboys
1495
Stray horses caused problems between ranchers, but they usually came to a friendly agreement. Cowboys loved silver on their saddles, bridles, bits and spurs and were the first to give money to poor kids. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 01, 2017
Chief Pocatello
1508
His courageous mother escaped capture, walked 600 miles returning to her native Northwestern Shoshoni tribe. Pocatello hunted buffalo, fought the Sioux, Blackfeet and white men, robbed to feed his people and died in 1884. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 25, 2017
Battle of San Jacinto
1463
"Remember the Alamo" and "Remember Goliad" was the war cry as General Sam Houston led the Texan Militia against Santa Anna. Victory resulted in gaining nearly one third of the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 18, 2017
The Alamo
1484
Was there a coward in the Alamo? Moses Rose made the difficult decision to leave rather than face certain death and was branded a coward and a deserter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 11, 2017
National Anthem
1350
The War of 1812, "Old Glory" and the signers of the Declaration of Independence. This is one of my favorite shows I repeat every year, so listen now to our rerun of last years show from July 5, 2016. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 04, 2017
Chinese Trial
1372
The hard working Chinese played a big role in settling the Old West. Virginia City, Montana was the site of the trial of two Chinese men accused of murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2017
Vacation Sites
1453
Big Springs 120 million gallons of water each day and Johnny Sack's cabin, near Island Park, Idaho. Head West to ghost towns, Nevada and Virginia City, Montana where $30,000,000 in gold was taken. Pan for gold, ride a stage coach, then past Quake Lake and into West Yellowstone to the Playmill Theatre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 20, 2017
Unsinkable Molly Brown
1318
She was a "thorn" in the side of Denver society, but the rest of the world fell in love with this somewhat crude illiterate woman. She was reported to be the last woman off the Titanic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 13, 2017
Dentistry
1582
Toothache? Try alcohol, heroin, or an "electric toothbrush". Mix boiled spiders, eggs, oil and apply to the sore tooth or spit into the mouth of a frog. To clean teeth, mix ground antlers, hooves, crabs, eggshells and lizard livers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 06, 2017
Indian Medicine
1523
Indians knew about tonics, astringents, antiseptics, and many natural remedies. They performed amputations, treated fractures and removed arrows. In some ways they may have been superior than the Europeans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 30, 2017
Wagon Train Women
1489
Cooking, sewing, cleaning, doctoring, even harnessing and driving wagons, these women had to be strong. Wagon trains didn't stop long for women giving birth, or for burying the dead. 2400 miles with hopes and dreams for a better life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 23, 2017
Western Women
1462
Don't trifle with a woman's affections, steal her cattle, horses or oxen. Don't "steal" her daughter, her husband's rifle or shoot her ranch hand. Indians found a "defenseless" ranch wife was pretty good with a rifle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 16, 2017
The Wagons
1537
Conestoga, Studebaker, Espenshied, Murphy or a converted farm wagon, and, are you going to use horses, mules or oxen? Decisions that determine if you will make to Oregon or California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 09, 2017
Dave Simpson
1297
Was Simpson a horse thief? A peculiar man with a reputation for being honest, yet evidence indicates he was a horse thief. A hasty trial with a rope around his neck, was this the end? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 02, 2017
Pickett and Love
1415
Nat Love and Bill Picket were among the most famous African American cowboys. They made their name by being the best when it came to riding, roping, branding and herding cattle. Pickett was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 25, 2017
Stampede
1385
On a cattle drive, a stampede was feared the most. Usually at night, lightning, thunder, a horse falling, and sometimes for no reason, a herd could be thrown into a wild panic. Most herds stampeded at least once. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 18, 2017
Chuck Wagons
1419
Cattle drives depended on a good foreman and cook. Coffee, sourdough biscuits, bacon, steak, beans, pot roast, short ribs and son-of-a-(gun) stew, cowboys were well fed. They also obeyed strict chuck wagon rules. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 11, 2017
Cattle Drive, Receiving
1447
A cattle drive began with receiving cattle, in this case from Mexico. From receiving, swimming across the Rio Grande, counting the herd, picking your horses, all part of a six month trail ride. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 04, 2017
Custer's First Stand
1310
1868, General George A. Custer led the 7th Cavalry in a surprise winter attack against Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle and his village. Custer reported a victory, yet there were only a dozen warriors killed and 23 soldiers killed. 1876, another attack along the Little Bighorn river, with much different results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 28, 2017
Outlaw Red Buck
1322
George Miller didn't like his neighbors cows eating his corn. He shot some cows and his neighbor, but partnering with Red Buck was his worst mistake. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 21, 2017
Mysterious Mandans
1349
Blonde, blue eyed, fair skinned Indians? Tall, powerful and courageous with their "skull crushers", they were feared by the Sioux. The 1362 Kensington Stone and Viking graves may hold the answer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 14, 2017
Dinah of Death Valley
1470
Dinah, the three-wheeled steam tractor, set out to replace the 20 mule teams hauling borax across the Mojave desert. When the dust cleared there was just one winner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 07, 2017
White Gold
1428
The winter of 1864 found the mining town of Alder Gulch with a serious lack of flour as supply trains were unable to make it through the deep snow. Flour, also called, “Dumpling Dust”, sold for as much as $110 a sack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 28, 2017
Skinner’s Treasure
1486
George W. Skinner discovered a huge treasure but disappeared. His skeletal remains were found, but not the treasure, even with written directions discovered by his brother. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 21, 2017
Horse Thief
1508
Doc Middleton stole mules and horses from friends, neighbors and emigrants, but would turn around and give horses to poor stranded emigrants. A Robin Hood of sorts, but still ended up in jail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 14, 2017
Jim Bowie's Last Fight
1461
Famous for a knife, he fought against General Santa Anna at the Alamo, with Davy Crockett and Colonel William Travis. These brave defenders died fighting for Texas independence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 07, 2017
Treasure Island
1484
A treasure hunters paradise, Mustang and Padre Islands. Miles of buried treasure, sunken ships, coins, artifacts, military relics waiting to be found, but watch out for snakes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 31, 2017
The Infantryman
1421
He carried 50 pounds of gear, marched 10 to 20 miles a day in all kinds of weather, often without enough food or clean water. At the end of a campaign, clothes were rags, boots worn out, hair and beards long and shaggy, yet they played an important role in protecting early pioneers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 24, 2017
Trail Towns
1416
After three months driving cattle, the cowboys were ready for fun. A haircut, new clothes, a photo and money to spend. Wild Bill Hickok patrolled Abilene with a sawed-off shotgun. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 17, 2017
Battle of Adobe Walls
1446
Buffalo herds were being slaughtered for their hides. Indian tribes attacked the trading post at Adobe Walls, but the hunters held them off with sharpshooting and Billy Dixon's mile long shot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 10, 2017
John C. Fremont
1568
He explored most of the West, fought in the Mexican and Civil wars, discovered gold, ran for President and died poor. One of the West's greatest explorers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 03, 2017
Christmas Traditions
1463
A pioneer Christmas was a combination of traditions and songs from around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 20, 2016
A Christmas Truce
1273
Even in times of war, there can be moments of peace. During WW II Elisabeth Vinckens, a German, opened her home to some unusual guests and for a short time, there was peace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 13, 2016
City of Rocks Christmas
1296
Christmas morning, in a blinding snowstorm, 19 year old Charles Walgamott rode the horse drawn sled carrying passengers, mail and freight. They met the stage coming from the Oakley (Idaho) stage station, then returned to the City of Rocks stage station for a great Christmas feast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 06, 2016
Pearl Hart
1355
Armed with a .44 Colt pistol, Pearl Hart robbed a stagecoach and was immediately arrested. The last stage robbery resulted in 18 months in jail for the beautiful bandit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 29, 2016
A Miners Tale
1345
A young miner was having a great time drinking with his friends until he challenged fellow drinkers to a contest. The results were not what he wanted as he went home bloodied and battered. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 22, 2016
Early Western Hospitals
1315
Doctors and nurses worked in tents, cabins and kitchen tables with no knowledge of germs. Dr. Listers discovery along with better facilities made your chances of recovery much better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 15, 2016
Charley Parkhurst and Little Joe
1354
One eyed Charley was a famous stagecoach driver. Bandits learned to avoid robbing his stage. Little Joe Monahan could cowboy with the best of them. Only when they died was the "real" Charley and Joe revealed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 08, 2016
Benjamin LeDuc
1466
Utah's Tintic rich mining district attracted its share of crooks. LeDuc swindled mine owners, authorities searched but never found him. He was last known to live in Salt Lake City disguised as a women and was never caught. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 01, 2016
Kit Carson
1331
Mountain man, scout, guide and war hero, his name was enough to prevent Indians from attacking. He fought with and against the Indians while traveling the entire west. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 25, 2016
John Wesley Powell
1365
Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powell wanted to row boats down the Colorado River. After facing dangerous rapids, near starvation they became the first to explore the length of the mighty Colorado River. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 18, 2016
The Lost Dutchman Mine
1393
John Waltz, the Dutchman, seemed to have found the mine, he had plenty of gold. Does the Superstition Mountains still hold the secret and the curse for those who never returned looking for the lost treasure? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 11, 2016
Hatcher and Chief Old Wolf
1405
Hatcher was a mountain man, guide, freighter and adopted into the Kiowa tribe. With Hatcher's knife to his scalp, Chief Old Wolf wisely decided to order his braves to retreat from their attack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 04, 2016
Stagecoach Mary
1416
Born a slave and an orphan, she moved to Montana and worked at a convent. A few bad habits, but she had a big heart and was the first black person hired by the postal service to carry the U.S. mail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 27, 2016
Lewis and Clark
1457
John Colter's horse was stolen by some Teton Sioux indians, this could have been the end of the expedition. Chief Black Buffalo demanded more gifts, so a visit to the indian village and a few "carrots" of tobacco and the expedition was able to continue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 20, 2016
The Boise Bandits
1395
Stagecoach robbery was the crime of choice, especially if thought to be carrying gold. John Miller and Talton Scott were arrested, jailed and escaped, arrested again and ended up doing hard labor in jail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 13, 2016
The Paymasters Treasure
1417
Charles Simpson witnessed the murder and robbery of the paymaster. He saw where the robbers buried the treasure. Did he return years later to retrieve the gold? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 06, 2016
Francis Slocum
1490
Delaware Indians kidnapped five year old Francis in 1778, it would be sixty years before she would see any of her family again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 30, 2016
Bell Starr
1394
The female Jesse James, a convicted felon, she was linked to thieves and killers and referred to as the "Bandit Queen". Her life came to a sad end in an ambush and a shotgun blast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 23, 2016
Bungled Bank Robbery
1456
After hearing Butch Cassidy brag about robbing banks, three of his Wild Bunch decided they could also rob banks. They should have stayed with Butch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 16, 2016
Steamer on the Snake
1416
The Snake River flows through Hells Canyon, deepest gorge on earth. The sternwheeler, "Colonel Wright" challenged the river, but the river won. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 09, 2016
Lost Treasure
1529
$17,000 was buried by the stage station attendant in an attempt to keep it safe, he was killed and the treasure has never been found. Two sheepherders buried $102,000 in gold coin, after killing their employer, taking $4,000 each, they also were killed, so another treasure that has never been found. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 02, 2016
The Vigilantes
1539
They shot, hung, flogged and even branded some outlaws and may have sometimes had the wrong man. They also hired men to do the killing for them, Tom Horn was one who seemed to enjoy his profession, until he made a trip to the gallows. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2016
The German Sisters
1704
Cheyenne Chief Stone Calf wanted revenge for his son's death. The unlucky German family was attacked, four daughters were taken hostage. General Nelson Miles and the cavalry came to the rescue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 19, 2016
Clay Allison
1428
Using his gun or a rope, killing came easy to Clay Allison. When a nervous dentist pulled the wrong tooth, Allison shoved the dentist down and began pulling the dentist's teeth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2016
4th of July
1339
How "Old Glory" got its name. The fate of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. How our National Anthem came to be during the war of 1812. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 05, 2016
"Portugee" John Phillips
1410
With a constant threat of Indians, he rode 236 miles in 4 days in freezing weather to Fort Laramie to deliver the message requesting reinforcements. His brave ride probably saved lives at Fort Phil Kearny. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2016
The Pinkertons
1288
Barrel maker turned detective, he was the original "private eye". He chased Jesse James, the Younger and Dalton gangs, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The modern FBI used his agency as a model. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2016
George Armstrong Custer
1484
He admired and defended the Indian way of life, but was reckless and vain. Loved or hated, he followed orders and did what he thought was true and right. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2016
Chilkoot Avalanche
1437
With dreams of striking it rich in the Yukon, thousands made the trek to Alaska. An avalanche on the "Golden Staircase" was another hazard the minors faced. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2016
The Cattlemen
1543
The Goodnight and Loving partnership faced Indians, stampede and financial ruin. They drove cattle, invented the chuck wagon, the side saddle and crossed buffalo with cattle, true pioneers in the cattle industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2016
The Miller Frazer Gunfight
1506
Sheriff Frazer made mistakes, hiring Miller as a deputy, then two gunfights in Pecos, Texas. The end came with a double barrel shotgun blast and a lynch mob with a rope. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 03, 2016
Billy the Kid (Part 2)
1538
Sheriff Pat Garrett put Billy behind bars, sentenced to death, he escaped hanging only to be shot by Garrett. Will we ever really know the truth behind the Legend? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 26, 2016
Billy the Kid (Part 1)
1489
A legend in the Old West, with more movies, books, and magazine articles than any old west character but how many did he really kill, and what is the real story? (Originally Aired 5/15/2012) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 19, 2016
Wild West Shows and Rodeos
1454
When cowboys got together they had to see who was the best at roping, riding, bulldogging, and who had the fastest horse. The wild west shows also contributed to today's rodeos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 12, 2016
The Potlatch Ceremony
1449
An important ceremony among Alaska's Tlingit tribes with singing, dancing and feasting. The giving of gifts indicated the wealth of the host tribe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 05, 2016
Guns and Gunfighters
1454
Outlaws, lawmen, cowboys, gamblers all relied on a gun. They lived by the gun, but many of them met an early death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 29, 2016
Jim Fugate
1465
Fugate was a teamster hauling freight to Santa Fe. They were attacked by Cheyenne, Kiowa-Apaches and Arapaho indians, death on both sides, but the freight made it to Santa Fe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 22, 2016
Rourke’s Robbery
1362
Good planning is important when trying to rob a train. Rourke made a lot of mistakes, the worst being chased by a posse led by the famous Bat Masterson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 15, 2016
Peg Leg Smith
1438
He was a mountain man, trapper, Indian fighter and horse thief. Near death, he amputated his own leg, and was nursed back to health by Ute Indians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 08, 2016
Nemaha River Treasure
1374
Two young minors made their fortune in the gold fields of California but lost it all one terrible night. They buried the treasure that hunters still seek. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 01, 2016
Pioneer Nurses
1521
They delivered babies, sutured wounds, set broken bones and treated disease, often traveling long distances in bad weather. These were some of the real heroines of the old west. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 23, 2016
Al Sieber
1465
A breed apart, scouts were essential to the military. Seiber, like Kit Carson and Jim Bridger, spent years guiding in the old west. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 16, 2016
Joe Meek
1427
Captured by Indians, he tricked the chief into a standoff with Jim Bridger and his mountain men. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 26, 2016
Jim Bridger
1420
At age 56 he was considered the greatest scout in the West. He also told some tall tales around the campfire Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 19, 2016
Shanghai Terror
1445
San Francisco was a dangerous place for sailors. They were drugged or knocked out, then sold to ship's captains with little or no pay and forced to work Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 05, 2016
Jedediah Smith
1494
Nearly killed by a bear, he traveled in unknown territory more than any other mountain man. He never smoked, got drunk or used profanity and was a friend to the Indians Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 29, 2015
Christmas War Story
1435
Enemies became friends for a short time during WW 1 and WW 2. Even in war, Christmas can be a time of peace Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 22, 2015
Kidnapped
1345
Taken by Geronimo at age 9, he became a blood brother and lived his life as an Apache for many years before returning to his family Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 15, 2015
Geronimo
1389
He was never a chief, but led many war parties into Mexico and the U.S. This old warrior finally surrendered and lived on reservations until his death from pneumonia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 08, 2015
Diamondfield Jack
1502
He came close to being hung for murders he didn't commit, drifted into Nevada and discovered gold. He was worth millions but died a pauper with his boots on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 01, 2015
Transcontinental Railroad
1888
Abraham Lincoln wanted to connect East to West with a railroad. Picking and scouting the best route was led by Grenville Dodge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 24, 2015
Charles Blackstone
1509
He joined the gold rush to Alaska, but discouraged and broke, he attempted a dangerous trek to return home Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 17, 2015
Daniel Potts-Part 2
1459
Letters home describe Yellowstone, travel up the Missouri River, trapping and trading, near starvation and an unfortunate accident Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 10, 2015
Daniel Potts
1415
Few trappers could read and write, Potts wrote letters to his family describing his adventures in the west as a trapper and mountain man. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 03, 2015
Henry Starr
1395
He claims to have robbed more banks than anyone, and claims to have buried treasure in Kansas. His career ended with a shot in the back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 27, 2015
The Younger Brothers
1474
The four Younger brothers joined up with Jesse and Frank James to form the James Younger gang. They robbed banks, trains and stagecoaches, but the law caught up with them in the end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 20, 2015
Wind Wagons
1457
A sail on a wagon to cross the plains? Sounds crazy, but "Windwagon Thomas" Sam Peppard and others gave it a try, not much success, but good entertainment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 29, 2015
The Real Cowboys-Part 2
1469
A good saddle on a well trained horse, the cowboy was ready to fix fence, doctor cows, try to keep cows from freezing or starving. After a long winter they were ready for the roundup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 22, 2015
The Real Cowboys
1438
Cowboys lived by a strict code of the West, they were hard working and loyal. They faced danger from rattlesnakes, bad weather and wild cows. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 15, 2015
Marcus Whitman
1463
The Whitmans and Spauldings headed west to preach to the indians. The first white women to make the journey and thus began the Western migration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2015
Wilson Hunt Price
1429
He led an expedition overland to the mouth of the Columbia River. They suffered cold, hunger, thirst and death in this remarkable journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 18, 2015
Old Black Harris
1399
Moses "Black" Harris was a true Mountain man, trapper, guide and could tell stories around a campfire that were amazing and sometimes true. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 11, 2015
California Joe
1449
He was friends with Custer, Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill HIckock and was a guide for several Generals. He made the mistake of turning his back on an old enemy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 04, 2015
The Indian Wars
1416
The mid 1800's saw large numbers of settlers and others moving into Indian Territory. Broken treaties and invasion caused war as they tried to protect their land. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2015
Gary Schorzman
2206
Gary Schorzman, part 2, discussing life in the old west in southern Idaho, the cattlemen, miners and pioneers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 21, 2015
Fourth of July
1476
Fate of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, How "Old Glory" got it's name and the event that inspired our National Anthem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2015
John Chisum
1504
King of the Pecos,he had from seventy to eighty thousand cattle on his 150 mile empire. He hosted outlaws, sheriffs, soldiers, and more in his luxurious home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 30, 2015
Love and Picket
1403
Nat Love and Bill Picket were two of the more famous African-American cowboys. One out of three cowboys in the old west were of African-American or Mexican descent, these were some of the best cowboys to ride the range. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 23, 2015
The King Ranch
1483
Early ranchers put up with Indians, rustlers, squatters, drought, killing winters and prices that went up and down. Richard King was one of the success stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 16, 2015
Runnymede
1539
Rich kids from England were sent to learn the ways of the Wild West. Boxing, drinking and hunting coyotes was not what their parents had in mind. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2015
Black Kettle
1513
Named after the Cheyenne Chief, this magnificent horse was a legend on the plains of Kansas. He was hunted and chased for years before he was finally caught. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2015
Bodies Cemetery
1523
Bodie, California attracted thousands in search of gold. For many the cemetery became their final resting place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2015
Luke Short
1348
He was a gambler and had a bad habit of killing people. Called the "undertakers friend" because he "shot 'em where it didn't show" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 19, 2015
River Log Drives
1417
Getting logs down the river to the mill pond was dangerous work. Log jams required finding the key log, dislodging it by hand or dynamite. Men were crushed or killed if caught in the river. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2015
Cattle and Quicksand
1373
Cattle drives could be dangerous, but another hazard was river crossings. Many cattle got caught in the middle of the river and had to be rescued. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2015
China Visit - Part 1
2829
The Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors, visiting students and Lecture at Peking University, my amazing visit and travels in China Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 21, 2015
Army Surgeons
1537
They were in greater danger themselves, yet practiced the highest standard of medicine in the 1870's. Typhoid, cholera, scurvy, rabies, broken bones, arrow and gunshot wounds, they saw it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2015
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
1459
The Law and Pinkertons were after them, so they left for South America. They bought a large ranch, but couldn't avoid robbing banks. So did they really die in Bolivia? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 07, 2015
Lewis and Clark--Physicians
1359
Not formally trained as physicians, they were well prepared. They treated everything from, fractures, snakebite, fever, lacerations, infections and other diseases. They also treated Indians and learned from the Indians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 31, 2015
Wagon Train Attacks
1505
August 1862, the worst Indian attacks along Idaho's Snake River on the Oregon Trail. Many lives were lost and thousands in provisions, wagons and animals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 24, 2015
Klondike Gold Rush
1461
Purchased for $7.2 Million, it was a bargain, producing 100's of millions in gold. The work was extremely hard, dangerous, and very few found their "bonanza" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 17, 2015
Train Robbers
1414
Robbing trains was very popular and lucrative if the robbers knew their business, if not, it would be their last train ride. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 10, 2015
John Wesley Hardin
1543
One of the most dangerous men in the old west, he may have killed as many as thirty men. He lived by the gun and died by the gun. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 03, 2015
Gold Country Doctors
1436
With whiskey for anesthesia, they performed surgery in tents, saloons, and stables. With luck the patient lived. They traveled on bad roads and terrible weather to save lives, some were quacks, others very skilled in treating patients Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 24, 2015
Bigfoot
1288
Was there really a "Bigfoot"? Yes, not a myth, he was a very large man who was jilted by a girl and turned bad. His days ended in a gun battle. Also, a short story about a stagecoach that ended up at the bottom of the Snake River. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 17, 2015
The McCarty Gang
1499
Tom rode with Butch Cassidy but decided to go on his own with brother Bill and nephew Fred. From Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana it went well, until they rode into Delta, Colorado and met the town hero. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 10, 2015
Comanche
1451
Was this the only horse to survive the Battle of the Little Bighorn? Captain Myles Keogh's horse survived many battles and was a mascot for the 7th Cavalry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 03, 2015
Pierre Garreau
1482
The son of a Cree Indian woman and Frenchman. His bravery was legendary among Indians and the white man. He never backed down from a fight Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 27, 2015
Escaped Convicts
1512
Desperate and dangerous convicts escaped from the Nevada State Prison. Wanted dead or alive, some were caught, some killed but some were never found Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 20, 2015
Gold Rush Travelers
1440
Gold fever caused many to head for California. Some went by ship around Cape Horn, others crossed the isthmus of Panama hoping to board a ship for San Francisco. They faced storms, disease, poor food and accommodations and some died on the journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 13, 2015
Mary Graves
1544
Mary and her family headed west with big dreams until they joined the Donner Party. Snowbound, starving and cold in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Mary struggled to reach Sutter's Fort and get help. An amazing story of survival Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 06, 2015
Captain Jack
1507
Forced to leave their homelands, the Modoc Indians, led by Chief Captain Jack only wanted to live in peace. The military had other ideas and wanted to force them onto a reservation. A lack of trust on both sides led to the Modoc War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 30, 2014
Sister Blandina
1528
She was friends with Billy the Kid and Geronimo. She was a teacher, nurse and much more. She was able to have schools built and lived a life of service to others Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 16, 2014
Elfego Baca
1773
Last of the old time gunfighters who survived bullets and knives. He tried to enforce the law with a fake badge and eventually became a sheriff and lawyer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 09, 2014
Annie Oakley
1503
A superstar in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, an expert with a gun. She performed for thousands, including royalty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 02, 2014
Thanksgiving
1580
The first Thanksgiving. Squanto, an english speaking Indian, taught the Pilgrims how to grow their own food and helped them survive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 25, 2014
Calamity Jane
1494
Army scout, stagecoach driver, wagon freighter, Indian fighter, nurse and sometimes prostitute. She loved Wild Bill Hickock and is buried next to him in Deadwood, South Dakota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2014
Idaho Stage Holdup
1565
A gold carrying stage was robbed with help from the driver. Vigilantes administered justice with a rope and a tree. Gold bars may still be buried. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2014
Mountain Man Medicine
1439
Hunting knife surgeons. Mountain men doctored themselves and each other without medical knowledge or tools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 04, 2014
Johnson County War
1421
War between the huge Cattle Ranches and the working cowboy ended with several dead. Two groups that should have been working together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2014
James O. Pattie
1416
Trapper, mountain man and Indian fighter. He liked hunting bears and beaver and rescued his true love from Indians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 21, 2014
Roving Sky Pilots
1447
Listen to find out all about Roving Sky Pilots Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 14, 2014
Transcontinental Railroad
1545
A race that connected East to West with the help of workers from all over the world. The Transcontinental Railroad was an amazing accomplishment that required thousands of workers with backbreaking labor and danger, from the surveyors to the final laying of the track and meeting at Promontory Point. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 07, 2014
Homestead Doctors
1510
Country Doctors faced long hours, bad weather, poor roads and other dangers. These brave men and women did their best to save lives, sometimes losing their own. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 30, 2014
End of an Earp
1526
He missed the Gunfight at the OK Corral. He didn't become famous like his brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan. The youngest brother could never live up to the name. In the end, a bullet to the heart sent him to his grave. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 23, 2014
Lola and Lotta-Entertainers
1540
Lola Montez and Lotta Crabtree danced and sang during the gold rush in California. They entertained thousands of lonely miners who showered them with gold nuggets and coins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 16, 2014
Ghost Stories
1432
Black Jack Ketchum's ghost, a headless horseman and a legless horseman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2014
Buried Treasure
1457
Millions in buried and lost treasure. Six short stories of gold never found and where you can go look. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 02, 2014
The Nez Perce Indians
1428
Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce were losing their homeland. Two of the battles that took place along their attempted escape to Canada was the White Bird Battle and the Battle of the Big Hole. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2014
Black Bart
1555
Charles Bolton, a gentleman, robbed over two dozen stagecoaches without firing a single shot. He left poetry signed, "Black Bart". He was also a model prisoner in San Quentin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2014
Billy Miner--The Unknown Outlaw
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He was the most wanted man in several states and Canada. He spent nearly half his life in prison, escaping several times. Each time he was released from prison he continued his life of crime. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 12, 2014
Military Doctors
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Military doctors developed new methods for removing arrow heads. These brave men performed surgery by candlelight while dodging arrows and bullets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 05, 2014
The Indian Wars
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The Indians and Army both used tactics that sometimes favored the Indians, other times the Army. The Indians just wanted to preserve their way of life. The government wanted the land and all Indians on reservations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 29, 2014
Bob Ford, Killer of Jessie James
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The man who killed the man who killed Jesse James. Ed Kelly killed Bob Ford who killed Jesse James. So who killed Ed Kelly and why? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2014
Buckey O'Neill--Sheriff
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Train robbers didn't count on Sheriff Bucky O'Nelll and posse to chase them so far. Four states, several weeks and $8000 later he brought them in for trial. He also served with the "Rough Riders" in Cuba. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2014
Sitting Bull
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He was elected to represent all free-roaming Sioux and defeated the best army in the world at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. He was brave, wise, generous, and a legend among his people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2014
Our National Anthem
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The War of 1812 was our "2nd" battle for Independence. Fort McHenry was where Francis Scott Key witnessed bombing that inspired our National Anthem. Also, how our flag got the name, "Old Glory". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 01, 2014
California Gold Rush
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The discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill started the gold rush. Millions in gold were discovered, not just in California, but Colorado, Montana, and most of the western states. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2014
Texas Rangers
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Organized in 1823, they had a questionable reputation, but survived off and on for many years. Re organized for good in 1935, they are the elite in law enforcement and respected around the world. Hollywood's portrayal of gunmen is not accurate, here you will read of famous and little known men who shaped the old west, some for good and others not so good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2014
Jim Bridger--Mountain Man
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There was competition between fur trappers, until it came to fighting Indians. Struck in the head and with two arrows in his back, Jim Bridger survived the battle, but carried an arrow head in his back for three years. He was one of the greatest explorers and trappers, a legend in his own time. One of the most important scouts and guides in the West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 10, 2014
Kate Bender--The Bloody Benders
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Lone travelers in the old west faced many dangers, some simply vanished and were never seen or heard from again. Dinner at the Bender's Inn could prove to be your last meal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2014
Madam Moustache--Gambler, Saloon Owner
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Eleanora Dumont was a successful gambler and parlor owner. Not so lucky in love nor was her late husband. Her unusual hair growth earned her the name, "Madam Moustache" Note: Recording error for the first part of this podacast. Women in the old west could be heroines, robbers or killers, they were legends larger than life and were sometimes hung. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2014
Soapy Smith--Skagway Scoundrel
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Jefferson "Soapy" Smith was slick, selling $5 bars of soap, a fake telegraph office, and a desire to be the first thief in Alaska. A very proper gentleman while robbing miners, but in the end justice was served. The Klondike lured thousands in search of gold, so how did we get Alaska? The Chilkoot Trail and Skagway is part of the story, but there are many more than these. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 20, 2014
Cattle Drive Stampede
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Young Andy Adams first cattle drive with 3200 head, from Mexico to Montana in six months. Of all the dangers on the trail the stampede could be the deadliest. The third week out a horse stumbled, and the stampede was on. Other dangers included indians, wild cattle, flooded river crossings, quick sand, lack of water and feed, wild horses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 13, 2014
Blackjack Ketchum--Outlaw
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