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Wild West Podcast

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.

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Hell Cats of the American West

To our listeners around the world to include England, Australia, Japan, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, Brazil, Finland and the United States of America the Wild West Podcast proudly presents Hell Cat Maggie and Whiskey and Westerns on Wednesday’s. Join us as we explore the Hell Cats of the American West retold from Dodge City Kansas during the time when It was known as the Wickedest City in the West.

44mins

18 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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Return of the Great Hunters: Part 1 The Gathering

The story “The Return of the Great Hunters” written by Mike King and narrated by Brad Smalley is Part I of an eight-part series-taking place in March of 1874. The buffalo hunters have returned to Dodge City in preparation to travel 150 miles south deep into Indian Territory. Their purpose is to kill off the rest of the southern herd. The expedition is organized by A.C. Myers a Dodge City general merchandising owner who recruits a forty-man team, which ultimately leads to the second battle of Adobe Walls and the Red River War. You can purchase the book by clicking on the link Return of the Great Hunters: Tales of the Frontier. Learn more about this episode at Wild West Podcast Facebook Page. 

28mins

14 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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Battle of the Plaza, April 16, 1881

The Wild West podcast presents the Battle of the Plaza the retelling of the gunfight between Bat Masterson, A.J.Peacock, and Al Updegraff. The story begins on April 15, 1881, after Bat Masterson living in Arizona is telegraphed by an unknown informer, notifying Bat that his brother Jim was about to be assassinated by the co-owner of the Lady Gay, Jim Masterson's partner. Purchase the book A Man in a Black Derby Hat at Amazon. Bat takes a train to Dodge City and arrives on the April 16 noon train but decides to get off early suspecting he might encounter resistance at the train depot. The Battle of the Plaza written and produced by Mike King takes the listener deep into the conflict surrounding the feud between Jim Masterson and A.J. Peacock over the Lady Gay Saloon. The story narrated by Brad Smalley gives a first-person account as the gunfight begins to unfold the night before at the Long Branch Saloon when George a local cowboy inquires about the ongoing conflict between Jim Masterson and A.J. Peacock. During the twenty-minute podcast, many legends of the old west are revealed to include the characterization of Bat Masterson, A.B. Webster, Tom Nixon, Pat Sughrue, Fred Singer, A. B. Webster, and Jim Masterson.

26mins

15 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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A Cowboy's Tale

A Cowboy's Tale begins at the end of a trail drive just outside of Dodge City at Saw Log Creek on November 3, 1877. A man by the name of Bob Shaw enters the Saw Log Creek campsite looking for a man by the name of Texas Dick. Shaw not finding Texas Dick at the drover camp stays for an evening meal and tells the story of the lynching of an innocent man. The next day Bob Shaw finds Texas Dick in the Lady Gay Saloon ending up in a stand off with gunplay between Ed Masterson and Bob Shaw. The story is a true account based on an article from the Dodge City Times entitled Frontier Fun. For more information on the Legends of Dodge City you can join us on Facebook @ Wild West Podcast. To order one of our books go to Boot Hill Productions or visit the Legends of Dodge City Website.

24mins

22 Nov 2018

Rank #4

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A New Bully in Town

In Part three Emanuel Dubbs has an encounter with Billy Brooks. Among the many lawless characters, who in the beginning drifted into Dodge City, was Billy Brooks. Brooks was a shabby character sporting a narrow mustache with a long rounded face trimmed out with a Van Dyke goatee. Brooks roamed about the town in a dark cloth coat. He brandished two revolvers well in sight of those he chose to intimidate. He wore a tall circular crowned black hat supported by a collarless linen shirt. This slipshod dress gave the appearance to everyone who regarded him as a dangerous.

7mins

28 Dec 2017

Rank #5

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Bat Masterson: A Man in a Black Derby Hat

The Wild West podcast presents the Man in a Black Derby Hat the retelling of the gunfight between Bat Masterson, A.J.Peacock, and Al Updegraff. Purchase the book A Man in a Black Derby Hat at Amazon. The story begins on April 15, 1881, after Bat Masterson living in Arizona is telegraphed by an unknown informer notifying Bat that his brother Jim was about to be assassinated by the co-owner of the Lady Gay, Jim Masterson's partner. Bat takes a train to Dodge City and arrives on the April 16 noon train but decides to get off early suspecting he might encounter resistance at the train depot. The story of the Man in the Black Derby Hat written and produced by Mike King takes the listener deep into the conflict surrounding the Battle of the Plaza. The story narrated by Brad Smalley gives a first-person account as the gunfight begins to unfold the night before in the Long Branch Saloon when George a local cowboy inquires about the ongoing conflict between Jim Masterson and A.J. Peacock. During the thirty-minute podcast, many legends of the old west are revealed to include the characterization of Bat Masterson, A.B. Webster, Tom Nixon, Pat Sughrue, Fred Singer, and Jim Masterson. 

28mins

15 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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A Dark Day in Dodge City: The Murder of Dora Hand

The story that is about to be told undertakes one of the darkest days in Dodge City History. It is the story of a gifted entertainer who was born on August 23, 1844, as Isadore Addie May. Isadore at an early age showed signs of being a gifted vocalist. This gift prompted her to change to her stage name to become know as Fannie Keenan and become an entertainer traveling first in Europe then to the Western frontier. In 1878 she arrived in Dodge City, as Dora Hand divorced her husband Captain Hand and settled in at Dodge City as a popular entertainer. Dora became popular among many, which led her to become involved between two suitors who were in conflict for her affection, ultimately resulting in her death on October 4, 1878.  

43mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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The Billy Dixon Story

In the fall of 1872 Billy Dixon and Mike McCabe, both buffalo hunters enter a newly established community called Dodge City. The streets were lined with wagons bringing in hides, and getting supplies. The railroad station was not a station at all but a boxcar serving as a temporary depot. The town was swarming with hide buyers and sellers. Workers along the rail line unloaded dozens of railroad cars full of grain, flour, and provisions. Join us now as we take you back into history to a sportsman's paradise. The year is 1872.

20mins

15 Jan 2018

Rank #8

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Boot Hill Payoff (Chpt. I) The Laramies Ride

The producers of Wild West Podcast present a special reading of Robert E Howard’s public domain novel Boot Hill Payoff. The production is for all of those stay at home western novel lovers who need a little entertainment to break the boredom. So join us as we take you on a ride in the slumbering heat to San Leon as five brothers enter the doors of the Cattlemen's Bank. This story was originally published in the October 1935 issue of Western Aces. Starting life as an unsold submission written by pulp author Chandler Whipple, popular writer Robert E. Howard offered to rework and improve the tale. Later published in book form and in other places as The Last Ride, Wild West Podcast produced the audio version of the original transcript as it was first published. This story is in the public domain. 

15mins

27 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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THE BATTLE OF CIMARRON

In most of the county-seat wars the fighting, that is the real killing, commenced before, at, or immediately after, the alleged election, but in the case of Gray County, the bloody finale was postponed for more than a year. There was a growing disposition to depend more on courts to settle the controversies and rather less on guns in the hands of hired killers. So the tragedy was delayed while motions for rehearings were filed and argued. In this case, Cimarron had the advantage of possession; the docket of the Supreme Court was crowded with more business than the three judges could dispose of promptly, and Cimarron was taking advantage of this delay. Meantime, the Ingall's crowd had captured most of the county offices, among them the coveted office of sheriff, and the bolder spirits decided that it was time to quit fooling with their rival and take the law in their own hands. This is the story of an attempt to remove the remaining records from the Cimarron county clerks office on the morning of January 12, 1889. Purchase the iBook The Battle of the Cimarron at the iBook store.

26mins

11 Jan 2018

Rank #10

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Gunfight at the Long Branch

There is seldom witnessed in any civilized town or country such a scene as transpired at the Long Branch saloon, resulting in the killing of Levi Richardson, a well-known freighter, of Dodge City, by a gambler named Frank Loving. This is the true story of a gunfight between Cock-eyed Frank Loving and Levi Richardson. There was nothing remarkable about it except one man had been killed over the jealousy of a woman by the name of Mattie. 

27mins

6 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Luke McGlue & the Keeley Cure

The story you are about to hear is fictitious, but portions of the story are based on factual accounts. This is the story of a mischief-maker by the name of Luke McGlue. The Luke McGlue character transcends from the perceptiveness of his personality; the way this fictitious character might have perceived Dodge City through the realization of his times. In the mid-1800s, the people of Dodge had a legendary person in which they could blame all sorts of mayhem. His name was Luke McGlue. He was credited with many devious deeds. Many individuals within the community would pull a prank, then pass it off on another individual or on to a fictitious person by the name of Luke McGlue. The story takes place in 1877, a time when Dodge City Kansas was full of pranksters. In the story, Luke visits the Boot Hill resting grounds and meets up with a few unknown characters to administer the Keeley Cure. 

30mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Gunfight at Hyde Park

This is a true story based on the book “Pioneer Days in the Southwest” rewritten by Michael King and narrated by Brad Smalley. The three-part podcast is a first-person account of Emanuel Dubbs found in Chapter 2 entitled Personal Reminiscences p 30 – 38. Part one of the Emanuel Dubbs story takes you back to August 11, 1872, to Newton Kansas. The story opens when Dubbs and his wife enter town-witnessing excitement in the streets. Dubbs takes it upon himself to explore the true accounts of the 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

9mins

28 Dec 2017

Rank #13

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Chief Spotted Tail

The greatest excitement ever caused in Dodge was the advent of an Indian, one of the principal chiefs of the Cheyennes. In the winter of 1872, W. D. Lee, of the firm of Lee & Reynolds, doing a large business at Supply as freighters, government contractors, sutlers and Indian traders combined, brought this Indian to Dodge City to show him the wonders of the railroad and impress upon him how civilization was advancing. There happened to be several hunters in town at that time, driven in by a heavy storm and snow. No sooner did the Indian make his appearance on the street than the excitement began. The story of Chief Spotted Tail is narrated by Brad Smalley and produced by Mike King.

2mins

30 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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Texas Billy and Squirrel Tooth Alice

Wild West Podcast is proud to present “The Engaging Times of Texas Billy and Squirrel Tooth Alice.” This true story begins in Abilene Kansas when Texas Billy arrives after a long cattle drive from San Antonio. Texas Billy decides to take in an evening of entertainment and meets up with Elizabeth Haley, a young lady of 15 who has chosen a dancehall life. A relationship builds between them, and after a saloon owner by the name of Cole is shot and killed, they leave Abilene. They soon join-up with Ben Thompson, Texas Billy’s brother in Ellsworth Kansas. The story narrated by Brad Smalley spins out of control with the accidental shooting death of Chancey Whitney, the town's popular sheriff. The story written and produced by Mike King provides the actual accounts of a 25 - year relationship between a gambler and a well-known prostitute of the old west as they travel through Dodge City and into a new settlement named Hide Town. 

32mins

25 Jul 2018

Rank #15

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Early History of Kansas: Ad Astra per Aspera

Wild West Podcast proudly presents "Ad Astra per Aspera" a tribute to the American frontiersmen and the early history of Kansas. The podcast written by Mike King and narrated by Brad Smalley portrays the characteristics of the American frontiersman and how our early pioneers served as an important part of the development of our country's values and customs. The second part of the podcast provides a condensed timeline of the early history of Kansas. You can purchase the book by clicking on the link Return of the Great Hunters: Tales of the Frontier. 

15mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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Boardwalks from Hell: Part One

What you are about to hear is an individual historical account of Bat Masterson's return to Dodge City, Kansas. The motive for Masterson's return is being prompted by both his concerns for his older brother and an economic opportunity being made possible through various insiders who want to promote the cattle trade of 1877. The story is built around the foundational meanings of courage on the frontier - for civilization comes with a cost. It is the harshest cost of all, revealing every flaw to what a man knows about courage in plain sight. Purchase the book A Man in a Black Derby Hat at Amazon.

35mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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Return of the Great Hunters: Part 3 Utes Revenge

Wild West Podcast proudly presents Utes Revenge, the First Battle of Adobe Walls in part three of Return of the Great Hunters. Forty buffalo hunters from Dodge City are camped out along the stake plains in the Texas Panhandle when George Plummer is invited to retell the story of the First Battle of Adobe Walls. In Episode Three: Utes Revenge the First Battle of Adobe Walls is retold in its entirety of the November 25, 1864 battle between the United States Army and American Indians. Plummer tells how the Kiowa, Comanche, and Plains Apache tribes drive from the battlefield a United States Expeditionary Force lead by Kit Carson. You can purchase the book by clicking on the link Return of the Great Hunters: Tales of the Frontier. Learn more about this episode at Wild West Podcast Facebook Page. 

31mins

24 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Hoodoo Brown Remastered

The Wild West podcast proudly presents the story of Hoodoo Brown. The story begins in 1886 when Hoodoo takes his first job as a Bullwacker taking supplies to Fort Wallace Kansas. Hoodoo Brown’s adventures on the plains of Kansas, written and produced by Mike King takes the listener to a time when Kansas was settling lands along the overland routes of the Santa Fe, and Smokey Hill trails. Narrator Brad Smalley will take you to Abilene, were Hoodoo joins a cattle as a drover and then on to Hays City right before Hoodoo meets up with Jack Stillwell a famous Indian scout. At the conclusion, Hoodoo gives up on the hide-hunting business when he sees prosperity in starting a saloon business in Dodge City, the second business in the new town. Brown hauled plank wood from Fort Hays to construct his small building, a shack on the south side of the tracks and near the bank of the Arkansas where it was handy to get water to cut his whiskey with, as well as for the Texas men to water their livestock.

22mins

23 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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Boot Hill Payoff (Chpt. 2) Owl-Hoot Ghost

In chapter two, Buck Laramie full-fills his promise and returns to San Leon only to find a gang of robbers invading the Cattleman's Bank. The same bank his brothers robbed six years earlier. A mystery arises during the gunplay when the townspeople insist that the robbers are the returning Laramie brothers. To download this chapter go to The Legends of Dodge City Website 

16mins

27 Apr 2020

Rank #20