Cherokee Bill

November 24, 2020

"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.  

Bass Reeves

November 17, 2020

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

November 10, 2020

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.

First Wagons West - Part 2

November 3, 2020

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.

First Wagons West

October 27, 2020

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.

City of Rocks Robberies

October 20, 2020

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?

States Names

October 13, 2020

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.

Maximilian's Gold

October 6, 2020

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.

Barkerville B.C.

September 29, 2020

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.

Blue Bucket Mine

September 22, 2020

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.