The Missouri River

October 17, 2017

A river of flowing mud, dead trees, and sand bars, yet thousands traveled by canoes, flatboats, Mackinaws, keelboats and steamboats to reach the Rockies.

Title The Fast Draw

October 10, 2017

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)

Tonkawa Indian Tribe

October 3, 2017

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.

Trail Trouble

September 26, 2017

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.

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.