March 27, 2023

Billy the Kid | Croquet Photo

Is the croquet photo legit? Check out my website for more true tales from the wild and woolly west Email me! Buy me a coffee! Free Newsletter! Join Patreon for bonus content! Croquet Photo | CNN - ...

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March 21, 2023

Billy the Kid | Prelude to War

Fleeing a potential hangman’s noose in Arizona, Kid Antrim returns to New Mexico, taking on the alias William H. Bonney as he begins riding with the outlaw Jesse Evans and his Boys. The Kid would soon find legitimate work elsewhere, …

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March 15, 2023

Billy the Kid | Orphan

In the summer of 1881, Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett. The lawman had been on the hunt ever since Billy broke out of jail in the town of Lincoln and finally caught up to …

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March 8, 2023

Old West Books

Just a short update. No new episode today but next week we’ll kick off the Billy the Kid series. In the meantime, check out some of these book recommendations and give a listen to a few of my friends! Topics …

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March 1, 2023

Jim Bridger | The Scout

Gold was discovered in Montana in 1862, ushering in a flood of prospectors straight through the heart of Lakota territory on a new road called the Bozeman trail, further straining tensions between settlers and Natives. Jim Bridger opened up his...

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Feb. 22, 2023

Jim Bridger | The Guide

In the 1850s, Jim Bridger put his extensive knowledge of the West to use by guiding wealthy adventurers, geological surveyors, and the U.S. military. Then, in 1862, the discovery of gold in Montana sparked yet another gold rush, leading thousands …

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Feb. 15, 2023

Jim Bridger | Mormons

This is part 3 in the series on Jim Bridger. For the previous 2 installments see links below. Fur trading no longer lucrative, Jim Bridger and a business partner decide to open up a trading post of their own, dubbing …

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Feb. 8, 2023

Jim Bridger | Bugs Boys

Some of the richest beaver country was in the heart of territory claimed by the Blackfeet Confederacy; a tribe known to the fur trappers as Bug’s Boys, or the Sons of Satan. Needless to say there was no love lost …

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Feb. 1, 2023

Jim Bridger | Ashley's 100

Jim Bridger would join the ranks of Ashley’s One Hundred while still a teenager and - alongside other future old west legends like Hugh Glass, Jedediah Smith, and James Beckwourth - head up the Missouri river in search of beaver. …

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Jan. 4, 2023

Wyatt Earp in Hollywood

My Darling Clementine is considered the greatest Wyatt Earp film of all time. It also just so happens to be the least accurate, despite legendary director John Ford having known Wyatt personally. Contrary to popular belief – and Ford’s own …

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Dec. 21, 2022

Huckleberry or Hucklebearer?

We all know the "scene", right? Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp are walking the streets of Tombstone when they’re confronted by a visibly inebriated Johnny Ringo. He informs the trio that he wants their blood and their souls, and he …

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Dec. 14, 2022

Frank Canton Part 5 | The General

This is the fifth and final installation in the Frank Canton series. Link below for the previous four. In the early morning hours of June 2nd, 1899, five masked men held up a Union Pacific Train near Wilcox, Wyoming. In …

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Dec. 7, 2022

Frank Canton Part 4 | Alaska

This is part 4 in the series on Frank Canton. Link to previous episodes below. When we left off, Frank was laying low in Nebraska following the aftermath of the Johnson County War. On this episode we’ll take a look …

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Nov. 30, 2022

Frank Canton Part 3 | Johnson County War

This is Part 3 in the Frank Canton series. See links below for Parts 1 2. Things in Johnson County, Wyoming had finally come to a head. After the Wyoming Stock Growers Association allegedly lynched James Averell and Ella Watson, …

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Nov. 23, 2022

Frank Canton Part 2 | Sheriff

This is Part 2 in the Frank Canton series. See link below for Part 1. During Canton’s time as Johnson County Sheriff, he sent over a dozen men to prison – mostly for horse theft – and even executed a …

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Nov. 16, 2022

Frank Canton Part 1 | The Outlaw Years

Frank Canton was not born; he was created. The mental fabrication of a notorious outlaw and escaped convict by the name of Joe Horner. After possibly killing his first man at the tender age of 15, Horner would spend the …

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Oct. 29, 2022

Frank James - The Old Shoe Salesman

It’s safe to say that a career as an outlaw doesn’t lend itself to a long life. Billy the Kid was only twenty-one years old when he was killed. Cherokee Bill a year younger. The notorious Bloody Bill Anderson not …

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Oct. 26, 2022

An Execution Gone Wrong

Happy Halloween! Clemente Apolinar was the last person publicly hanged in Texas. Not only did his execution go horribly wrong but you won’t BELIEVE what the location is currently being used as. Check out my website for more true tales …

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Oct. 12, 2022

Captain Jack & the Modoc War | Part 3

Fifty Modoc warriors defied the U.S. Army for nearly a year; outwitting and outfighting them on more than one occasion, & killing a General in the process. This is Part 3 of the series on Captain Jack and the Modoc …

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Sept. 28, 2022

Captain Jack & the Modoc War | Part 2

This is part 2 in the series on the Modoc war. If you haven’t already listened to part 1, you may want to do so. Captain Jack & the Modoc War | Part 1 - We’ve already discussed the Modoc …

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Sept. 14, 2022

Captain Jack & the Modoc War | Part 1

In 1874 Kintpuash – better known as Captain Jack - led his small band of the Modoc people off of a reservation in southern Oregon and back to their homeland in Northern California. What occurred after would be one of …

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Aug. 31, 2022

Kit vs Goliath

What happens when a young Kit Carson faces off against a mountain of a man at the annual trapper’s rendezvous? What IS a rendezvous? And who gets the girl??? Check out my website for more true tales from the wild …

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Aug. 17, 2022

Wild Bill Hickok | Part Three

This is part 3 and the final installment of this series on Wild Bill Hickok. If you have not already listened to the first two episodes, please do so. Links below. We’ve already pretty much covered Bill’s entire life; his …

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