Podcasts

Ambush on the Coquille

September 19, 2017

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.

Across Nebraska

September 12, 2017

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.

The Graders

September 5, 2017

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.

The Surveyors

August 29, 2017

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.

The First Cowboys

August 22, 2017

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.

Wild West Shows

August 15, 2017

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.

Roman Nose

August 8, 2017

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.

Idaho Cowboys

August 1, 2017

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.

Chief Pocatello

July 25, 2017

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.

Battle of San Jacinto

July 18, 2017

"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.