Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: 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.
Rank #3: 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.
Rank #4: Deadwood
Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock and many more flocked to the Black Hills to 1876 to strike it rich. It was a lawless, illegal town in its early days — a hell of a place to make your fortune.
Rank #5: Deadwood — Deep Cuts
WARNING: The final segment of the episode contains some strong language. It's a mash-up of stories and interviews from Deadwood about Seth Bullock, Sol Star, "Poker" Alice Tubbs, W.E. Adams vs. Al Swearengen and an odd gunfight. Plus, stories from the set of HBO's "Deadwood."
Rank #6: Jesse James — Guerilla War
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.
Rank #7: Legends Trilogy, Vol. 1
A trio of lesser-known, action-packed stories: a bandit plundered California for 23 years, including robbing an entire town; a sheriff shot it out with a family of killers in Arizona; two brothel owners fought a duel in Denver — naked.
Rank #8: 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.
Rank #9: Trailer
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.
Rank #10: BONUS: Nancy Plain Interview
Nancy Plain, the president of the Western Writers of America, discusses WWA and her book about the life of iconic Western painter, Charles Russell.