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Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, and Butch and Sundance. Lakota, Comanche and Apache. Wars, gunfights and robberies. This show covers the toughest lawmen, the wildest outlaws, and the deadliest towns — all the people and events that shaped the American West.

Legends of the Old West Black Barrel Media

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Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, and Butch and Sundance. Lakota, Comanche and Apache. Wars, gunfights and robberies. This show covers the toughest lawmen, the wildest outlaws, and the deadliest towns — all the people and events that shaped the American West.

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    TEXAS RANGERS | “Civil War”

    TEXAS RANGERS | “Civil War”

    In the spring of 1861, it becomes clear America is headed for civil war. Texas Rangers Ben McCulloch, Henry McCulloch, John S. “Rip” Ford, and Lawrence Sullivan Ross join the Confederate army. They have four vastly different experiences, highlighted by the second major battle of the war, Sherman’s capture of Atlanta, and the final battle of the war.
     
    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
    “The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900” by Mike Cox
    “The Ranger Ideal, Vol. 1&2” by Darren L. Ivey
    “Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers” by Robert M. Utley
    “The Texas Rangers” by Walter Prescott Webb
    “Captain L.H. McNelly: Texas Ranger” by Chuck Parsons & Marianne E. Hall Little
    “Taming the Nueces Strip” by George Durham
    “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers” by Doug J. Swanson
    “Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman” by J. Evetts Haley
    “Comanches: A History of a People” by T.R. Fehrenbach
    “The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West” by Peter Cozzens
     
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    • 42 min
    TEXAS RANGERS | “Frontier Battalion”

    TEXAS RANGERS | “Frontier Battalion”

    During and immediately after the Civil War, the Texas frontier suffers from renewed attacks by the Comanche and Kiowa. One of the most notable is the devastating Elm Creek Raid. After the war, Texas briefly reconstitutes the Texas Rangers, but they’re not fully resurrected until the creation of the Frontier Battalion in 1874. Major John B. Jones becomes the commander and leads the battalion into a new era.
     
    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
    “The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900” by Mike Cox
    “The Ranger Ideal, Vol. 1&2” by Darren L. Ivey
    “Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers” by Robert M. Utley
    “The Texas Rangers” by Walter Prescott Webb
    “Captain L.H. McNelly: Texas Ranger” by Chuck Parsons & Marianne E. Hall Little
    “Taming the Nueces Strip” by George Durham
    “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers” by Doug J. Swanson
    “Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman” by J. Evetts Haley
    “Comanches: A History of a People” by T.R. Fehrenbach
    “The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West” by Peter Cozzens
     
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    • 41 min
    TEXAS RANGERS | “Mason County War”

    TEXAS RANGERS | “Mason County War”

     In 1875, Major John B. Jones leads the gradual transition of the Texas Rangers from frontier fighters to law enforcement officers. As Texas becomes the heart of the cattle ranching industry in America, cattle rustling becomes a serious problem. In Mason County, two factions battle each other. And as the murder rate rises, Jones leads the Rangers to town to try to settle the affair.
     
    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
    “The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900” by Mike Cox
    “The Ranger Ideal, Vol. 1&2” by Darren L. Ivey
    “Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers” by Robert M. Utley
    “The Texas Rangers” by Walter Prescott Webb
    “Captain L.H. McNelly: Texas Ranger” by Chuck Parsons & Marianne E. Hall Little
    “Taming the Nueces Strip” by George Durham
    “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers” by Doug J. Swanson
    “Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman” by J. Evetts Haley
    “Comanches: A History of a People” by T.R. Fehrenbach
    “The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West” by Peter Cozzens
     
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    • 35 min
    TEXAS RANGERS | “Family Feuds”

    TEXAS RANGERS | “Family Feuds”

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    In the early 1870s, the Horrell brothers were involved in the murder of a sheriff, the murders of State Police officers, a jailbreak, and a bloody episode known as the Horrell War in New Mexico before the infamous Lincoln County War. In 1877, they become embroiled in a deadly feud with the Higgins clan until Major John B. Jones dreams up a creative solution. Meanwhile, during the early stages of the problems with the Horrell brothers, a former captain of the State Police, Leander McNelly, creates a militia unit to try to stop the notoriously bloody Sutton-Taylor feud in South Texas.

    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
    “The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900” by Mike Cox
    “The Ranger Ideal, Vol. 1&2” by Darren L. Ivey
    “Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers” by Robert M. Utley
    “The Texas Rangers” by Walter Prescott Webb
    “Captain L.H. McNelly: Texas Ranger” by Chuck Parsons & Marianne E. Hall Little
    “Taming the Nueces Strip” by George Durham
    “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers” by Doug J. Swanson
    “Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman” by J. Evetts Haley
    “Comanches: A History of a People” by T.R. Fehrenbach
    “The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West” by Peter Cozzens

    Join Black Barrel+ for ad-free episodes and bingeable seasons: blackbarrel.supportingcast.fm/join

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    On YouTube, subscribe to LEGENDS+ for ad-free episodes and bingeable seasons: hit “Join” on the Legends YouTube homepage.

    For more details, visit our website www.blackbarrelmedia.com and check out our social media pages. We’re @OldWestPodcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    TEXAS RANGERS | “McNelly On The Border”

    TEXAS RANGERS | “McNelly On The Border”

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    In South Texas, in an area known as the Nueces Strip, cattle rustling is a huge problem and it comes with an additional layer of complication: many of the rustlers are from Mexico. They ride across the border, steal Texas cattle, and drive the cattle to Mexico. In 1875, Captain Leander McNelly and his militia company are dispatched to the Rio Grande Valley to stop the rustlers from Mexico. Shortly after they arrive, they find themselves in a pivotal fight on the Palo Alto prairie.

    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
    “The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900” by Mike Cox
    “The Ranger Ideal, Vol. 1&2” by Darren L. Ivey
    “Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers” by Robert M. Utley
    “The Texas Rangers” by Walter Prescott Webb
    “Captain L.H. McNelly: Texas Ranger” by Chuck Parsons & Marianne E. Hall Little
    “Taming the Nueces Strip” by George Durham
    “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers” by Doug J. Swanson
    “Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman” by J. Evetts Haley
    “Comanches: A History of a People” by T.R. Fehrenbach
    “The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West” by Peter Cozzens

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    On YouTube, subscribe to LEGENDS+ for ad-free episodes and bingeable seasons: hit “Join” on the Legends YouTube homepage.

    For more details, visit our website www.blackbarrelmedia.com and check out our social media pages. We’re @OldWestPodcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    TEXAS RANGERS | “McNelly’s Rangers”

    TEXAS RANGERS | “McNelly’s Rangers”

    This episode will be available for free on July 31 For instant access, ad-free listening and exclusive content, join Black Barrel+

    In November 1875, Captain Leander McNelly makes his most famous and controversial move: he leads his militia company into Mexico and attacks two villages to recover stolen cattle. His actions provoke a standoff with Mexican officials and consternation from his superiors, but his men love his bold strategy. After the events known as the Las Cuevas War, McNelly’s time in command draws to a close. But his lieutenant helps end the Sutton-Taylor feud, and his former sergeant leads the arrest of the infamous outlaw, John Wesley Hardin.

    SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
    “The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900” by Mike Cox
    “The Ranger Ideal, Vol. 1&2” by Darren L. Ivey
    “Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers” by Robert M. Utley
    “The Texas Rangers” by Walter Prescott Webb
    “Captain L.H. McNelly: Texas Ranger” by Chuck Parsons & Marianne E. Hall Little
    “Taming the Nueces Strip” by George Durham
    “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers” by Doug J. Swanson
    “Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman” by J. Evetts Haley
    “Comanches: A History of a People” by T.R. Fehrenbach
    “The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West” by Peter Cozzens

    Join Black Barrel+ for ad-free episodes and bingeable seasons: blackbarrel.supportingcast.fm/join

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    On YouTube, subscribe to LEGENDS+ for ad-free episodes and bingeable seasons: hit “Join” on the Legends YouTube homepage.

    For more details, visit our website www.blackbarrelmedia.com and check out our social media pages. We’re @OldWestPodcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Customer Reviews

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Accurate retelling of probably the best period in American History. Very enjoyable to listen to!

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They do a fantastic job every episode. Wonderful history. thank you.

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