Welcome to Wild West podcast where fact and legend merge. The Wild West Podcast presents the true accounts of individuals, who settled in a town built out of hunger for money, regulated by fast guns, who walked on both sides of the law, patrolling, investing in and regulating the brothels, saloons and gambling houses. These are stories of the men who made the history of the Old West come alive - bringing with them the birth of legends, brought to order by a six-gun and laid to rest with their boots on. Join us now as we take you back in history, to the legends of the Wild West.
Building a Permanent Post
Fort Dodge was a pivotal fort during the Indian campaigns of 1867-69 and 1874-75. The Wet and Dry Routes of the Santa Fe Trail met here; the Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Trail ended here, and the Fort-Dodge-Fort Supply Trail began here. Millions of pounds of armaments and supplies were shipped south in trains of as many as 270 wagons. Fort Dodge was considered the most important of all the forts along the Santa Fe Trail. It was in the heart of Indian country. In this podcast we will bring you "Building A Permanent Post" the story of the early construction of Fort Dodge in 1867. The show will first present a historical narrative. Shortly after that, we will invite a special guest Doug Austen to join us in an in-depth discussion of some stories related the permanent buildings currently existing at Fort Dodge.
Trail to Medicine Lodge: Part Two
In part two of Trail to Medicine Lodge provides a first-hand experience of a young freighter named Billy Dixon. Dixon describes his journey southward from Fort Harker to Fort Larned and across the Arkansas River to Medicine Lodge. During the trip, Dixon describes the sights along the Santa Fe Trail while traveling with the peace commission and a caravan of one hundred and sixty wagons, carrying food and clothing for the Indians. Once the procession crosses the Arkansas River, they encounter over ten thousand buffalos, only to be interrupted by an escort who rushed out to the peaceful grazing bison and began to shoot them. Finally, after four days of travel, when arriving at Medicine Lodge, Dixon witnesses an encampment of five thousand Indians covering the landscape of different tribes making ready for the Medicine Lodge Treaty. Click here to purchase the book Trails, Forts Treaties & Indian Wars.
Early Forts Along the Arkansas River
Welcome to Wild West Podcast, a time in early Kansas history when forts were the sentinels along the Santa Fe Trail to protect onward travelers of a westward expansion. In this new series entitled Fort Dodge the Sentinel to the Cimarron, we will explore the historical timeline of the Forts along the Arkansas River Valley. In today's podcast, we will bring you the story of early forts along the Arkansas River to include Fort Mann, established in 1846, and Fort Atkinson, established in 1850. The show will first present a historical narrative. Shortly after that, we will invite a special guest Deb Goodrich to join us in an in-depth discussion of some stories related to the early forts along the Arkansas River. Books by Deb Goodrich
Trail to Medicine Lodge: Part 1
Part one of "Trail to Medicine Lodge" describes the reasons behind forming a peace commission to end the war with the Plains Indians while describing the Medicine Lodge location in Kansas. The story progresses as Billy Dixon, a hired freighter for the Medicine Lodge expedition, explains firsthand what it was like to move freight from the trailhead forts to the Medicine Lodge location. While on this journey from Fort Harker, Dixon experiences a cholera epidemic and then joins a train of wagons from Fort Hayes to Fort Wallace. While at Fort Wallace, Dixon and his friend Frickie meet a journalist named Henry M. Stanley. Stanley, then working as a special correspondent for the Saint Louis Daily Democrat, provides a character description of each Medicine Lodge Peace Commission member.
The Edmund Guerrier Story
Wild West Podcast proudly presents Hancock's War, The Edmund Guerrier Story an unprecedented season of violence on the plains of Kansas. Settlers, overland travelers, and railroad construction crews in post-Civil War Kansas were becoming increasingly uneasy due to numerous Indian raids. The Cheyenne, Sioux, Arapaho, and Kiowa warriors had become so defiant in the early months of 1867 that they informed certain army officers that as soon as spring came, travel on the various overland routes must cease.
Although the Indian agents insisted that the Kansans were overreacting to the situation, Major General Winfield S. Hancock, commander of the Department of the Missouri, decided to do something about the alarming situation. He informed the various Indian agents that he was organizing an expedition to convince the tribes that he could punish any of them who may molest travelers across the plains or commit other hostilities against the whites. The following story is based on David Dixon's article entitled "A Scout with Custer: Edmund Guerrier on the Hancock Expedition of 1867.” You can purchase the book Trails, Forts, Treaties and Indian Wars at Amazon.com
Tale of Two Gunfights & One Crazy Mule
The Tale of Two Gunfights and One Crazy Mule is an authentic story base on the first-person account of Emanuel Dubbs. Emanuel Dubbs's story takes place on August 20, 1871, when he arrives in Newton, Kansas. The story opens when Dubbs and his wife enter town-witnessing excitement in the streets. Dubbs takes it upon himself to explore a recent Hyde Park gunfight between Mike McCluskie, a burly local man who had worked in Newton as a night watchman, and a Texan named Billy Bailey. Dubs and his wife do not stay long in Newton, and Dubbs takes a job grading track for the Santa Fe Railroad. Then, during the spring of 1872, Dubs traveled with Mr. Wiley to the Arkansas River.
Mr. Wiley, a head contractor, and Dubbs were to scout out a location for a new supply depot. Dubbs riding on his favorite mule named Marie, travel up the line from Fort Larned over what was then known as the Dry Ridge trail. They came off the trail in sight of the beautiful Arkansas valley about two miles above where old Fort Dodge stood. Dubbs describes the panorama view just minutes before he charges down an embankment to shoot a buffalo.
After completing his work for the railroad, Dubbs decides to take in buffalo hunting, and while in Dodge City, he encounters a lawless character by the name of Billy Brooks. During this encounter, he witnesses a revenge gunfight between two Berry brothers from Hayes City over the killing of their brother.
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