Podcasts

Baseball in the Old West

November 12, 2019

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.

Curse of the Lost Creek Mine

November 6, 2019

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.

Geronimo - The Later Years

October 30, 2019

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.

Calamity Jane

October 22, 2019

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.

Pasteur and Three-Fingered Jack

October 15, 2019

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.

Greyson Welsh

October 8, 2019

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.

Jeffords and Cochise

October 1, 2019

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.

"Brazen Bill" Brazelton

September 24, 2019

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.

Sir St. George Gore

September 17, 2019

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.

John Butterfield

September 10, 2019

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.