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Legends of the Old West

Legends of the Old West

Author: 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.

87 Episodes
There are people whose names will live forever in American history: John Wilkes Booth, Benedict Arnold, Bonnie and Clyde. There are robberies, manhunts, prison riots and unexplained phenomena that are still debated today. We'll journey through all of them on this show. In Season One, we'll tell the story of the Salem Witch Trials. This isn't the version you learned in history class... Visit for more details and to subscribe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Craig Johnson is back. He the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries that are the basis for the Netflix show, "Longmire," and he recently joined the show for a second time while on tour to promote his newest novel, "Depth of Winter." We also talked about the annual Longmire Days festival in Wyoming and the origins of his book tours (hint: it involves a motorcycle road trip). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The first of three special episodes that go behind the scenes of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. We learn about the history and agricultural mission from President and CEO, Joel Cowley (3:05); we hear about the army of volunteers from Chairman of the Board, Jim Winne (24:57); and we finish with the story of George Strait's legendary 1983 performance, as told by former Chief Operating Officer, Leroy Shafer (35:42). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The second episode of our three-part series on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo focuses on the rodeo. Catherine Schultz, Managing Director of Sports and Events Presentations, talks about the unique features of the Rodeo (1:57). Then five-time world champion steer wrestler Luke Branquinho discusses a range of topics, from the need to keep the cowboy culture alive, to his first experience at RODEOHOUSTON, to the time a steer almost ripped his pants off, and more (14:08). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The final episode of our three-part series on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Former Chief Operating Officer Leroy Shafer tells a great story about the Jackson 5 (1:58) and then we hear from Robert Earl Keen (4:08) and Lyle Lovett (15:31). The two legendary Texas musicians talk about the Rodeo, music, songwriting, books, horses and much more. For more details, visit and  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
An interview with Carolyn Weber, Executive Director of Deadwood History Inc., about three prominent women of Deadwood: Martha Bullock, Aunt Lou Marchbanks and Dr. Flora Hayward Stanford. On location from the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center in Deadwood, South Dakota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Interviews with Ty Sanford, Maurice Miller and Chris Carpenter. Ty Sanford of Deadwood Alive discusses the most cold-blooded attempted murder in Deadwood’s history and then highlights some creepy encounters in the haunted places of the town. Maurice Miller of Black Hills Paranormal Investigations and Chris Carpenter of Scattered Souls Paranormal talk about some of their eerie experiences in Deadwood during a weekend of investigations. For more details, visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Harry Tracy terrorized the Pacific Northwest in the waning days of the Old West. He was a thief, an escape artist and a cold-blooded murderer. He ran with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and was said to be more ruthless than Jesse James. This is his story... For more details, please visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sports fans, this one is for you. On the Infamous America podcast, the story of one of the most notorious scandals in American sports history is about to unfold. It's the tale of the 1919 Chicago White Sox, who are better known as the "Black Sox." It's the story of the conspiracy to lose the 1919 World Series. It's the truth behind the book and the movie, "Eight Men Out." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The story of how David Perkins, a biochemist, founded and named High West Whiskey. Learn the Old West meanings behind their “core four;” the laws necessary to make straight whiskey; how you can contribute to the preservation of the Old West by drinking American Prairie Bourbon; and which whiskey is best shared with a good lookin’ stranger. For more details, please visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
New York Times best selling author, Craig Johnson, returns to the show to discuss his latest Walt Longmire mystery novel, "Land of Wolves." For all the aspiring authors in the audience, Craig also talks about some aspects of the writing process, including the "life blood" of novels. At the end, he previews the next installment of the Longmire series, entitled "The Next To Last Stand." For more details, please visit and visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A quick update on new seasons of Legends, great news for Black Barrel Media, and the story of Billy the Kid... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
BILLY THE KID | Prologue

BILLY THE KID | Prologue


The life of the most infamous outlaw in the history of the American West is steeped in mystery. This is the story of Henry McCarty, aka Henry Antrim, otherwise known as William H. Bonney, glorified in legend as Billy the Kid. Please subscribe to the Infamous America podcast to hear the full story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Exciting new things are on the horizon. Here are the quick hits: Apache Wars has been delayed. It will now begin May 27. Explanation in the episode. Bonus content is on the way! We've partnered with a company to create a premium listening experience. Hear about some of the features in the episode. The back catalogue is on its way to YouTube... Thanks Legends Family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit



Welcome to a new show dedicated to telling the stories of the Old West. Every other week beginning April 1, you'll hear classic tales of the American west and discover others that have faded from memory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Coffeyville Raid

The Coffeyville Raid


On October 5th, 1892, the Dalton Gang attempted one of the most daring robberies in the history of the West. Armed with Winchester rifles, they tried to rob two banks at the same time in broad daylight in Coffeyville, Kansas. The result was a running gun battle with the townsfolk that has become legend. Special guest discussion with Bob Boze Bell, Executive Editor of True West Magazine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Baron of Arizona

The Baron of Arizona


In the 1880s, James Addison Reavis attempted the greatest land fraud in American history. In a story that crisscrosses the United States and Mexico, and crosses the ocean to Spain, he tried to convince the U.S. government that he owned 18,000 square miles of the Arizona Territory. In the process, he anointed himself the Baron of Arizona. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Texas Rangers (Part One)

Texas Rangers (Part One)


From Walnut Creek to the Gulf of Mexico, the early Texas Rangers fought against defiant Native tribes and the Mexican army when the Republic of Texas declared its independence. They were fearless frontiersmen, and in one case, maritime fighters, as well. Here are some of the early stories of the Texas Rangers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Texas Rangers (Part Two)

Texas Rangers (Part Two)


Two decades of fighting between Comanches and Texans culminated in the bloodiest year in early Texas history. In 1840, a series of events led to the greatest war party ever formed on the southern plains as the Comanches cut a swath of destruction through central Texas. All the famous Texas Ranger companies united to fight the first major battle between the two sides along a stream south of Austin called Plum Creek. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 1863. Union soldiers attempt to strangle information out of Jesse James’ stepfather. They succeed, but they also drive 16-year-old Jesse to join the guerilla raiders who rampage through Missouri during the Civil War. Under the leadership of violent captains like William Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson, Jesse and his older brother Frank learn tactics they will use to become the most famous outlaws in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (20)

Carl Doby

Your history of Republicans and Democrats is so fucked up. A Republican freed the slaves and the democrat plantation owners of the South wanted slavery. The KKK was started by Democrats. I can tell by this podcast you like to portray your political ideology.

Jun 3rd


Best podcast!!! Chris Wimmer has such a great voice and his stories are so interesting... Please continue with new adventures for your listeners....

May 28th


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The way this series is narrated is intense! This historic legend had me holding my breath yet again! You had me riveted as it ramped up episode after episode! You do not fail to capture the ambience of the time. The raw bravery and tenseness is felt of the people as this event unravels! Through your voice it is as epic a story as when I read it the first time many years ago!! lol I am thoroughly enjoying every episode and when I listen to the last episode, I look forward to listening again while sharing the story with my grandson through THIS PODCAST FIRST! I am thrilled to have found your podcast! Thank you for bringing back this legend, and all of the others! You reintroduce those brave people from history that helped to shape our country! I believe it is important to pass these legends on to our young American people! I am proud to be born in the USA and my pride swells for those who defend us just as fiercely to this day!

May 16th


These brave people who stood proud and strong for this beautiful country then is why we fight for this country, MY country, for better or worse, today! This history is so important! I AM PROUD I AM AMERICAN!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Apr 26th

Jeremy Pierce-Sunia


Apr 19th

Ali Shahruei

hello I have a question is podcast okay to listen for people under 18 ?

Apr 15th
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Joshua Reddick

this is a crazy story! better than tv.

Apr 10th

Gary Wm. Taylor

Amazing attention to detail.. such a great podcast to binge-listen, too!

Apr 1st

Susan Cline

loved the movies. I can't wait until I can see the town

Mar 5th

Hugal Mcdougall

Love stories from the old west. I just can't get past this narrator👎

Jan 16th

Top Clean

Thanks for some very good Episodes. (^^,)

Jan 9th

Ry Shooter

so good love this podcast informative and keeps me wanting more

Nov 12th

Preston Oneal

love it much more enjoyable host than George Noorey

Oct 14th

Darren Jenkins

This host has serious vocal fry.

Oct 1st


Great series. Loved every detail.

Aug 25th

Joe Dakota

Great Storytelling about the fight of the Plains Indians for their homeland.

Feb 19th


You had me from the beginning! Such young outlaws who couldn't let go. Thanks for the historical detail! This is so, so good!!

Dec 17th

Kathryn McCorkle

Awesome show and facts. Keep them coming please

Nov 16th

lostkozz H801

amazing eps

Oct 18th
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