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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.

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On Legends of the Old West, host Chris Wimmer tells the true stories of the iconic people and events of the American West. This podcast features thorough research, cinematic storytelling, and captivating music to keep the legends alive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 www.blackbarrelmedia.com for more details and to subscribe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 www.blackbarrelmedia.com and www.rodeohouston.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 www.blackbarrelmedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 www.blackbarrelmedia.com and visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s a city that shouldn’t exist. An oasis in the desert, a mirage — it’s a city of buzzing neon, flowing fountains, and fortunes made and lost. A city of hedonism: concerts, casinos, showgirls, and all-you-can-eat buffets. But how did Vegas become “Sin City”? A place that promotes a fantasy of adult freedoms: a vacation from boundaries, rules, accountability? A place where people from all over the world visit to be their wildest, most uninhibited selves, even if it’s just for just a couple nights? We’re going to tell you the history of that city. From a railroad stop, to the mob, to the luxury resort and casino...this is Spectacle Season 2: The Making of Las Vegas.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Join Black Barrel+ for early access and bingeable seasons: blackbarrel.supportingcast.fm/join For more details, visit our website www.blackbarrelmedia.com and check out our social media pages. We’re @OldWestPodcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Join Black Barrel+ for early access and bingeable seasons: blackbarrel.supportingcast.fm/join For more details, visit our website www.blackbarrelmedia.com and check out our social media pages. We’re @OldWestPodcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Join Black Barrel+ for early access and bingeable seasons: blackbarrel.supportingcast.fm/join For more details, visit our website www.blackbarrelmedia.com and check out our social media pages. We’re @OldWestPodcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Join Black Barrel+ for early access and bingeable seasons: blackbarrel.supportingcast.fm/join For more details, visit our website www.blackbarrelmedia.com and check out our social media pages. We’re @OldWestPodcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Join Black Barrel+ for early access and bingeable seasons: blackbarrel.supportingcast.fm/join For more details, visit our website www.blackbarrelmedia.com and check out our social media pages. We’re @OldWestPodcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Adam Balogh

amazing podcast!!! awesome !!!

Nov 22nd
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Maurin Phillips

This series on Kit Carson is now my favorite one so far. Meticulous detail and research goes into each episode, and this is very much appreciated.

Jun 25th
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J G

what's with the overwhelming background music around the 9 minute mark??

May 11th
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Stephen Boykin

Great podcast! These old west stories are fun to listen to. I really enjoy all the episodes.

Mar 31st
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J G

growing up in Walla Walla and living in Eastern Washington, this is definitely an interesting topic for me.

Nov 17th
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Joyce Hazlewood

Enjoy this series. Just do not like the commercials during the story. Much perfer having the ads at the beginning & be done.

Oct 12th
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Heather McNamee Rensel

The music half way through is too loud.

Sep 22nd
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Lars Sinding

Super interesting! Keep up the good work!

Jul 4th
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Dilena King

I fall to see how this is a "women of the West" story.

May 11th
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Dilena King

She got what she deserved!

May 11th
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Dilena King

Hopefully, they hung the b*tch!!

May 11th
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Dilena King

Trying to make Southern slave owners sound human is difficult!

May 11th
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Stephen Boykin

Legends of The Old West is a Great podcast! Chris Wimmer, the story teller does a great job! I'm now in the Seventh season of this podcast and am thoroughly enjoying it.

Apr 3rd
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Stephen Boykin

I love these podcasts about the old west and all of the many aspects of it such as the many Indian tribes, such as The Apaches and Commanches. The stories are well written and really well told. It's like a good book you can't put down. Quite entertaining!

Mar 28th
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Dilena King

This must be Rittenhouse's great great relative!!

Mar 9th
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Stephen Boykin

The Old West Podcast is a very entertaining and interesting podcast. I'm really enjoying it.

Feb 12th
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Maurin Phillips

I was at the 83 rodeo and saw KING GEORGE and his first Houston Rodeo performance and every one since. The atmosphere was electric. He's been my all time favorite since day 1.

Feb 10th
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Marty Kroenecke

it is February 8 2022. I have just listened to the Jesse James 6 episodes in 1 day. I have always had a love for American history and I applaud your attention to detail and time lines. I know it's almost impossible to get all the accuracy but you have done an excellent job. I can't wait to listen to more. thank you for the hard work and countless hours you put in to make these stories come to life!

Feb 9th
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Eric

great episode

Dec 28th
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