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Dr. History's audio stories of the Old West. Stories of Cowboys, Indians, Mountain men, pioneers, the Oregon Trail, miners, cattle drives, stagecoach and bank robbers, the cavalry, outlaws and lawmen, some famous and some you have never heard of. From the Custer Battlefield to the Klondike to Indian battles to buried treasure and lost mines to the early explorers. I love telling true stories that shaped the old west.

Dr. History's Tales of the Old West Dr. Ken Turner

    • Education
    • 4.4 • 337 Ratings

Dr. History's audio stories of the Old West. Stories of Cowboys, Indians, Mountain men, pioneers, the Oregon Trail, miners, cattle drives, stagecoach and bank robbers, the cavalry, outlaws and lawmen, some famous and some you have never heard of. From the Custer Battlefield to the Klondike to Indian battles to buried treasure and lost mines to the early explorers. I love telling true stories that shaped the old west.

    The Steamboat “Imperial”

    The Steamboat “Imperial”

    John Napton took a chance on the Imperial to get home from Fort Benton. A miserable voyage, constantly getting stuck on sand bars, no pilot, food with worms and passengers having to get out into the river to pull the boat off sand bars. He joined other passengers to finish the voyage in a salvaged Mackinaw.
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    • 22 min
    British Chroniclers

    British Chroniclers

    Sir Richard Burton thought the military would appreciate the help of genuine British soldier. He wrote of his experiences which helped entice his fellow countrymen to immigrate and invest in the cattle industry. Wealthy Englishwomen soon adapted to the western way of life.
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    • 22 min
    The European Writers

    The European Writers

    Visitors from Europe wrote of their adventures in the west, which prompted many to immigrate. The Earl of Dunraven wrote a book, others kept journals of the weather, the food and clothing to impress friends back home. Sir Richard Burton offered instructions on the art of gunslinging.
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    • 19 min
    The Publishers

    The Publishers

    Publishers and their equipment met with some danger. Presses dumped in rivers. Publishers dodging cannon balls, kidnapped, thrown into jail, tarred and feathered and nearly hung by disgruntled readers. Desperate for news, some made up outrageous stories, such as the famed, "Wampus Cat."
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    • 23 min
    Greeley and Richardson

    Greeley and Richardson

    Easterners needed someone they could trust to tell them what they could expect in the West. New York Times journalist Horace Greeley was the expert. His famous words, “Go West, young man, go West” inspired many to leave their homes for the vast unknown.
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    • 23 min
    Steamboats

    Steamboats

    A steamboat could make $80,000 for the cargo and passengers going to Fort Benton in the Montana gold fields. Life was hard for the deck hands and crew. There was danger at every turn, of 700 steamboats, 300 were destroyed by snags, explosions and sand bars.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
337 Ratings

337 Ratings

BillVFD ,

A great service to the old west!

I look forward to every episode with the Dr. & Zeb. People complaining don’t understand how we do it here in Idaho. Have you thought about doing episodes on your own history? Thanks for the effort to deliver the stories.

marketpop ,

Love Ken!

Excellent podcast

wolfie/wolf ,

What a great show

A really great old historical stories for all ages Just wish they were longer and more often I enjoy them greatly Helps walking the dog and yard work go by faster

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