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In 1849 a trader named James White decided to break from his wagon train and push on ahead with just his family and a few men. The outcome was about as bad as anything you could imagine; the men were dead, and the women taken captive. The subsequent rescue mission was led by none other than Kit Carson. But this time could the hero save the girl? Al…
 
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, ain’t that what they say? But what happens when it’s also a woman doing the scorning? And what happens if that hell is just El Paso, Texas? One helluva girl fight, that’s what! Join me as we take a look at Old West madam Fat Alice Abbot and the fight she got into with rival, Etta Clark. This episode has a lit…
 
George Parrot - aka Big Nose George – was a basic run-of-the-mill road agent. Trains, stagecoaches, general stores – they were all fair game for Big Nose and the boys. Sometimes he was successful and sometimes he wasn’t, but he was always down to try. Unfortunately for George the long arm of the law eventually caught up with the man; permanently an…
 
Kiowa Chief Satanta – known as the great orator – was an influential leader of his people and participant in both battles of Adobe Walls. Arrested by Custer. Very close to killing General Sherman. Eventually tried for murder - found guilty - and sentenced to prison, Satanta allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the 2nd floor of a Huntsville Pe…
 
Wild Bill returns to Cheyenne and joins the wagon train organized by his good friend Charlie Utter. The caravan begins the trip to Deadwood and Buffalo Bill Cody on the trail. He delivers shocking news of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Calamity Jane joins the group and adds to a memorable entrance into the mining camp. Shortly after their arriva…
 
Hickok hits his low point, but his old friend Buffalo Bill Body convinces him to join a play called “Scouts of the Plains,” and Hickok makes more money than he ever has in his life. However, Wild Bill hates the show and abruptly ends his career as an actor. Then he reunites with his longtime love, Agnes Lake. The new couple get married and decide o…
 
A month after Hickok becomes marshal of Abilene, two Texas gunfighters, Phil Coe and Ben Thompson, start a saloon called the Bull’s Head Tavern. The rowdy joint creates tension all summer in 1871 and leads to a dramatic — and tragic — shootout at the end of the cattle season. Add Texas outlaw John Wesley Hardin to the mix, and Hickok has his hands …
 
Hickok becomes the marshal of Hays City after Texas cowboys scare off the previous lawmen. The small Kansas town has never seen a marshal like Wild Bill. His unique appearance and routine cause the townsfolk to marvel, but nothing will stop outlaws from challenging him in the streets and the saloons. And then, the granddaddy of the Kansas cowtowns,…
 
Wild Bill finishes his service with the Union army in the Civil War and then ends up in Springfield, Missouri. A new friendship turns sour and leads to the first recorded quick-draw gunfight in the American West. Hickok’s legend as a frontiersman and a shootist grows when he travels the West as an army scout and survives several encounters with Che…
 
James Butler Hickok has a restless spirit. He leaves his family home in Illinois and lands in Kansas during the lawless years of Bleeding Kansas. He becomes a freighter, a bodyguard, a scout, and a soldier. He survives shootouts and war, and earns a legendary nickname. Join Black Barrel+ for ad-free episodes and bingeable seasons: blackbarrel.suppo…
 
Just thought I'd check in and give my take on two western movies - Old Henry and The Harder They Fall. WARNING: SPOILER ALERTS!!!! Remember, The Wild West Extravaganza will return in all of it's profane glory in January of 2022. Check out my website for more true tales from the wild and woolly west! https://www.wildwestextra.com/ Contact me!!! http…
 
Jim Clyman is a name that pops up consistently in all the books I’ve read on mountain men and fur trappers, but I never really dived into the guy until now. Veteran of the War of 1812, General Ashley’s 1824 Expedition, AND the Black Hawk War, as well as friend and contemporary to guys like Jedediah Smith, Broken Hand Fitzpatrick, Hugh Glass, and Ji…
 
The Montana Column arrives at the battlefield in the Little Bighorn Valley and helps the survivors of the siege of Reno Hill. The fate of Custer’s command finally becomes clear and the news will soon shock the country. Weeks after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, thousands of U.S. troopers conduct one more large-scale campaign, but they fail to fi…
 
On the second day of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the combined companies of Major Marcus Reno and Captain Frederick Benteen must survive blistering heat, a shortage of water, the stench of death, and constant gunfire and attacks from the warriors who surround Reno Hill. The end of the day brings a glimmer of hope, but the soldiers still don’t …
 
Major Marcus Reno’s charge turns into a retreat and the survivors are trapped on a hill above the Little Bighorn River. At the other end of the valley, Custer leads a charge against the village in an attempt to capture the women and children. But more than 1,000 warriors overwhelm Custer’s companies before returning to the soldiers who are stuck on…
 
After the Battle of the Rosebud, the Native American village moves to the valley of the Little Bighorn River. Custer leads the Dakota column as it follows the trail of the village. General Terry leads the Montana column with the hope of trapping the village between the two armies. But everything changes when the village discovers Custer’s command. …
 
Three army columns are in the field and the campaign is underway. The Montana column is the first to discover the enormous Native American village, but it’s slow to react. Sitting Bull participates in the Sun Dance ritual and receives his second vision about a battle with U.S. troops. While he recovers, hundreds of warriors engage the Wyoming Colum…
 
The U.S. government tries and fails to buy the sacred Black Hills from the Lakota. As a result, President Ulysses S. Grant authorizes a plan to wage war on the Native American tribes of the Northern Plains. Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer believes he will lead part of the attack, but his job is in jeopardy when he offends the President. …
 
There's just no denying that Texas produced its fair share of stone-cold killers in the latter part of the 19th century. Men like John Wesley Hardin, King Fisher, Clay Allison, and of course the notorious Deacon Jim Miller. And then there’s Bill Longley, considered by some to be one of the deadliest gunmen of the west. A tall brooding shootist cred…
 
A posse of lawmen rides to Pleasant Valley to stop the violence once and for all, but it leads to another gunfight that takes more lives from the Graham side of the feud. A lone survivor on the Graham side flees Pleasant Valley and begins a new life near Phoenix. But he learns that years and distance won’t stop the feud. He falls victim to an ambus…
 
When members of the Graham family feel they were denied justice after the deadly ambush of Bill Graham, they team up with the Blevins brothers to take the law into their own hands. They attack the Tewksbury family and commit two brutal murders. After the attack, the Blevins family suffers devastating losses during a shootout in the town of Holbrook…
 
In August 1887, the simmering feud heats up to a boil when the notorious Blevins family becomes an ally of the Graham family. When a member of the Blevins family disappears, a search party finds itself in a deadly shootout with a Tewsbury brother. A Tewksbury ally discovers that his ranch has been burned, and then a Graham brother suffers a terribl…
 
In the summer of 1877 Chief Joseph and the peaceful Nez Perce went to war with the U.S. Government in a running fight that spanned four states and 1,170 miles. Who was Chief Joseph? Why’d Buffalo Bill call him “the greatest Indian ever produced?” And why did the Nez Perce go to war? I’ve been looking forward to this episode for a long time so witho…
 
The Graham brothers form a secret pact with cattle baron Jim Stinson. In the process, the Grahams betray their friends, the Tewksburys. The betrayal ends the friendship between the two families and leads to a gunfight, courtroom trials, and more secret schemes … and then outlaws from Texas arrive to kick the feud into high gear. Join Black Barrel+ …
 
The cattle baron of Pleasant Valley believes the Tewksbury brothers are stealing his animals. He sends three men to the Tewksbury ranch to discover the truth, and the confrontation turns into a shootout. The first gunshots of the Pleasant Valley War are fired, and they trigger a chain reaction of reprisals. Sign up for HelloFresh today! Use our lin…
 
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