Podcasts

Talking Mirrors

March 19, 2019

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.

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Frederic Remington

March 12, 2019

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.

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The Chisholm Trail

March 5, 2019

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.

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George Ruffner

February 26, 2019

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.

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Bose Ikard

February 19, 2019

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.

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Medicine Man

February 12, 2019

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 .

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The Doomed Trio

February 5, 2019

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.

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Coal Oil Jimmy

January 29, 2019

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.

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A Soldier's Life

January 22, 2019

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.

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Klondike Gamblers

January 15, 2019

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.

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