Rank #1: 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.
Apr 15 2018
Rank #2: Hell Cats of the American West
Jul 18 2018
Rank #3: Whiskey & Westerns on Wednesday & Mysterious Dave
Aug 16 2018
Rank #4: 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.
Nov 22 2018
Rank #5: 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.
Dec 14 2018
Rank #6: 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.
Mar 15 2018
Rank #7: 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.
Jul 10 2019
Rank #8: Gunfight at Hyde Park
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
Dec 28 2017
Rank #9: 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.
Oct 16 2019
Rank #10: 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.
Jan 11 2018
Rank #11: 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.
Sep 25 2019
Rank #12: A New Bully in Town
Dec 28 2017
Rank #13: Texas Billy and Squirrel Tooth Alice
Jul 25 2018
Rank #14: 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.
Jan 15 2018
Rank #15: Chapter Four: The Emanuel Dubbs Story
Part One, tells the story of one of the largest gunfights to ever take place in the American West fought in Newton, Kansas on August 20, 1871. In Part two, of the Emanuel Dubbs story takes you back to the late spring of 1872. Emanuel Dubbs with Mr. Wiley a head contractor scout out a location for a new supply depot. Dubbs riding on his favorite mule named Marie travel up the line from Fort Larned over what was then known as the Dry Ridge Trail. They came off the trail in sight of the beautiful Arkansas valley about two miles above where old Fort Dodge then stood. Dubbs describes the panorama view just minutes before he charges down an embankment to shoot a buffalo. Emanuel Dubbs has an encounter with Billy Brooks. Brooks was a shabby character sporting a narrow mustache with a long rounded face trimmed out with a Van Dyke goatee. You can purchase the book by clicking on the link Return of the Great Hunters: Tales of the Frontier.
Nov 03 2019
Rank #16: How Prairie Dog Morrow Got His Name
We begin our story in early June of, 1872 two hunters are tracking a large herd of buffalo along the Smoky Hill River and its tributaries, between Fort Hays and Fort Wallace. The region was well known by experienced hunters as the special hunting grounds for the Cheyenne Indians. As hunters Hoo Doo Brown and Dave Morrow travel south to the Arkansas river Morrow an adventurous fellow begins to tell how he became an entrepreneur by raising prairie dogs – thus giving him his nickname "Prairie Dog Morrow." The story narrated by Brad Smalley and written/produced by Mike King is a part of a historical series about the early buffalo hunters in Kansas. 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.
Dec 29 2017
Rank #17: Boot Hill Past to Present
Join Brad Smalley and Mike King for another Whiskey and Westerns on Wednesdays. This episode will focus on the story behind Boot Hill from the past to the present. The Podcast will also feature Boot Hill Distillery as we take in a little Red Eye Whiskey. The story of “Boot Hill Past to Present” tells the history behind how Boot Hill was established and when it was relocated along with the individuals who found it as their finale-resting place. 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.
Nov 20 2018
Rank #18: The Buffalo Herds of 1872
Jun 28 2018
Rank #19: Return of the Great Hunters: Part 2 Adobe Walls Country
Billy Dixon and a company of forty hunters travel south on the Jones and Plummer Trail past the Cimarron River and out into Indian Territory. Along the trail Billy Dixon strikes up a story about Dirty Face Ed Jones. When the expedition reaches Adobe Walls Creek, Billy Dixon, Tyler and Masterson decide to explore an old abandoned trading post. When the three explorers reach the old trading post they discover an old Ute drawing to help them unearth the story of the Battle of the Adobe Walls. The story written by Mike King and narrated by Brad Smalley becomes the first lesson in engaging warfare with the Plains Indians. 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.
Jan 04 2019
Rank #20: Whiskey on a Plank
In part four Brown meets George Hoover who has set up a makeshift whiskey bar in the middle of the plains. He explains to Brown how he had an obligation to feel the needs of railroad workers and buffalo hunters by opening up a bar. Opening a bar was a simple process, he only needed two things: a place to sell it and the barrels to supply it. He convinces Brown to go into the whiskey business by opening a bar next to his tent. The story narrated by Brad Smalley and written/produced by Mike King is a part of a historical series describes how Hoover settled on the location of his makeshift bar, "The western border of the reservation was five miles from the Fort itself. So I decided to mark off five miles from the Fort. To take a true measurement of the distance traveled, I tied a rag to a wheel on my wagon." 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.
Dec 30 2017