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Imagine for a second that you’re a young immigrant, lured to a foreign land with hopes of creating a better life for yourself and your family. Upon arrival, however, things don’t turn out quite like you dreamed and those in power decided to take everything from you that you hold dear. Your land is stolen, your brother murdered by so called vigilant…
 
After a shocking murder in April 1878, another murder rocks Dodge City in October. Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and an all-star posse attempt to bring the killer to justice. A year later, Wyatt and Bat leave town for good. Bat gambles in Colorado, but he soon joins Wyatt in Tombstone, Arizona. But Bat’s time in Tombstone is brief, as he finds himself …
 
Wyatt Earp meets Doc Holliday while trailing outlaws to Texas. In Dodge, Bat Masterson takes a new law job and his older brother, Ed, becomes town marshal. But Ed’s life is in danger. In the first six months, he finds himself in two gunfights, and the second has tragic consequences. Join Black Barrel+ for bingeable seasons with no commercials: blac…
 
This is a tale of two survivors. One, affectionately known as Comanche, was an 8-year veteran of the U.S. military. He was first wounded in battle against hostiles on the southern plains in 1868. And, when Custer led the charge at the Battle of Little Big Horn, our veteran was right there with him. Wounded an astonishing seven times, he somehow sur…
 
Wyatt Earp crisscrosses the West as a stagecoach driver, a teamster and a lawman. He experiences tragedy and triumph, and he builds a reputation as a relentless lawman. By the summer of 1876, he and his friend Bat Masterson are on patrol in Dodge City with an all-star cast of legendary lawmen. Join Black Barrel+ for bingeable seasons with no commer…
 
Bat Masterson hunts buffalo in western Kansas. He fights in the Second Battle of Adobe Walls. He plays a key role in an Army rescue mission. He meets his lifelong friend, Wyatt Earp. And the journeys of both young men lead them toward an up-and-coming cowtown called Dodge City. Join Black Barrel+ for bingeable seasons with no commercials: blackbarr…
 
The Gambler lived his life as did many of his kind, quietly and in the shadows. Never making a mark nor desiring to do so. His long life spanned from the wild and rough days of Tombstone and Silver City to a modern era of airplanes, automobiles, and jazz, yet our Gambler would never make the history books. His brother, however… Email me! https://ww…
 
In Arizona Territory, Peart Hart’s adventures escalated and intensified. She robbed a stagecoach, tried to outrun the law, escaped from jail, and ended up in the notorious Yuma Prison. Her exploits made headlines across the country, but her fame was fleeting in the waning days of the Old West. Join Black Barrel+ for ad-free episodes and bingeable s…
 
Rube Burrow got his start as an honest man. A simple cowboy and farmer with a wife and children. But when his wife died and the farm went belly up, Rube took to earning a living any way he could. And that way led him to become one of the most notorious and most wanted train robbers of the old west. Who was Rube Burrow? A good man pushed too far? Th…
 
Peart Hart faced extreme trauma as a young girl and eventually ran away from home with her sister. They crisscrossed the East Coast and Midwest of America and committed petty crimes and minor burglaries. They landed in jail and spent time in reformatories. By the time Pearl was in her 20s, she made a decision: she needed to make a new life in The W…
 
Belle and her husband Sam Starr stole horses and cattle, and worked with the outlaw network that was organized by Sam’s father. They faced justice in the courtroom of “Hanging Judge” Isaac Parker, but then resumed their outlaw lifestyles. Belle’s husband met a violent end, and her own death remains controversial to this day. Join Black Barrel+ for …
 
The outlaw Billy the Kid was allegedly killed at the age of 21 by Sheriff Pat Garrett in the year 1881. Skip ahead another 70 years and you have an elderly man known as Brushy Bill Roberts coming forward shattering the common historical narrative. He claimed to be the kid, said that he had escaped Pat Garrett all of them years before and had been l…
 
Belle Starr grew up in Missouri during the Civil War and acted as a spy for Quantrill’s Raiders. Her husband and brothers embraced the outlaw lifestyle and became affiliated with Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang. Slowly but surely, Belle gravitated toward the outlaw trail herself. Join Black Barrel+ for ad-free episodes and bingeable seasons:…
 
Olive Oatman endured a long, difficult wagon trip with her family from Illinois to Arizona Territory. Her wagon train was attacked by Apaches and she spent five years as a prisoner of the tribes of the Southwest. Near the end of her captivity, she was given the distinctive tattoos that made her famous. Join Black Barrel+ for ad-free episodes and bi…
 
April 1874. Present day Colorado. A half-starved weather-beaten Alfred Packer came limping into the Los Pinos Indian Agency seeking refuge. Feet covered in rags he claimed he had a harrowing story to tell. The man was ushered in and given food which he vomited up almost as soon as he got it down. Too long without he explained, asking instead for wh…
 
Mary Fields was a former slave who became the caretaker of a convent in Ohio before rushing west to help save the life of her closest friend. In Montana, she became a legendary stagecoach driver for the U.S. postal service and a towering figure in the town of Cascade. Join Black Barrel+ for ad-free episodes and bingeable seasons: blackbarrel.suppor…
 
There’s two things you just don’t discuss in a beer joint: politics and religion. Reason being these topics tend to be a bit divisive. You add alcohol to the mix and things could get downright ugly. As was the case one sweltering August evening in Newton, Kansas. 1871. Two lawmen named Mike McCluskie and Billy Bailey got into a heated argument that…
 
Every weekday host Lindsay Graham (American Scandal, American History Tellers) takes you back in time to explore a momentous moment that happened ‘on this day’ in history. Whether it’s to remember the tragedy of December 7th, 1941, the day “that will live in infamy,” or to celebrate that 20th day in July, 1969, when mankind reached the moon, Histor…
 
Henry Plummer becomes the sheriff of Bannack, Montana, but many believe he also runs a gang of killers and thieves. Before long, powerful men organize and authorize crews of vigilantes who systematically hang their enemies. Henry Plummer, the sheriff of Bannack, is first on the hit list, and his story ends in mystery. Was he an upstanding sheriff o…
 
The 1919 Texas Ranger Investigation - and the Canales Hearing that followed - shed light on misconduct and atrocities committed by one of the most legendary branches of law enforcement between the years 1910 and 1920. An era known to some as La Mantanza - The Slaughter. What events unfolded to cause the darkest hour of the Texas Rangers? And who wa…
 
In the wake of a deadly shootout near Nevada City, town marshal Henry Plummer kills a man whom he suspects is a danger to his wife. Plummer claims self defense, but a jury believes otherwise. Plummer lands in notorious San Quentin prison. After a short stint, Plummer begins a new life on the outlaw trail, a life that leads him to Idaho Territory an…
 
Henry Plummer moves from New England to California and completes an improbable rise from failed miner to successful businessman to town marshal. But Plummer soon fears the powerful men of Nevada City, California as well as the rising threat of vigilante violence. And then the threat becomes reality during a deadly shootout between lawmen, outlaws, …
 
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