Rank #1: Blind Bluesmen and a Disappearing Daughter: Anson County, North Carolina
We take a look at Morven, North Carolina, where a community comes together to support literacy. Then, we investigate the nearby ghost town of Sneedsboro and a tale of disappearance that began at its once-famous Inn. Along the way, we meet Blind Boy Fuller, a virtuoso of Piedmont Blues.
Jul 02 2018
Rank #2: Evil Hunters and Misguided Bureaucrats: Eagle County, CO
We take a look at Eagle County, Colorado, home of the Gore Range which was named after one of the worst people to ever slaughter buffalo, Sir St. George Gore. Courtney tells the story of how the Utes were forced out of their homeland due to a misguided, reform-minded bureaucrat.
May 20 2018
Rank #3: Itasca County, MN: Unkillable Louts and Native American Uprisings
We visit Itasca County, home of lakes, logging and long-ago louts. We tell the story of Sam Christy, an 1880s roustabout who could take a real beating, and look at one of the last altercations between the US Army and a Native American group, the Battle of Sugar Point. Also, who stole the ruby slippers?
Sep 02 2018
Rank #4: Lincoln, NE: Gas-powered roller skates and the Great Sheedy Murder Trial
On a cold night in January, 1891, local gambler and influential citizen John Sheedy was felled by a blow to his head. Although doctors determined it wasn't life-threatening, he was dead by 10pm the next day. What happened? Was it a convoluted plot by his wife's lover, or were there even more sinister forces at work? This episode, we discuss the Great Sheedy Murder Case, learn the peculiar reason Lancaster NE was renamed "Lincoln," and check out the National Museum of Roller Skating.
Jun 19 2017
Rank #5: Waterfalls and Bear Attacks: Cascade County, Montana
We talk about the history of Cascade County, MT, from Lewis and Clark's bear encounters to the environmental legacy of the Anaconda Smelter Stack. Also: the interracial founders of Belt, MT and the natural wonders of the Great Falls themselves.
May 07 2018
Rank #6: Nevada County, CA: The Donner Party
A small resort community in the California mountains hides a dark history. Yep, we're going there: It's the freaking Donner Party.
Jul 16 2018
Rank #7: Lake County OR: Perpetual Geysers and Sheepshooting Murderers
The atlas takes us to Lake County Oregon, home to geologic oddities and the rumors of rangewars past. We tak about alkali lakes where fish won't swim and the legacy of the Sheepshooters.
Aug 08 2018
Rank #8: Bonus episode! Justin from Generation Why tells us about the Kansas City Massacre
In this special bonus episode, we chat with Justin Evans (of the Geneation Why and The Peripheral Podcasts) about a story from his hometown's past: the Kansas City Massacre.
Jul 23 2018
Rank #9: Onida, SD: Hutterites, Black Homesteaders and Grasshopper Plagues
We virtually travel to Onida, South Dakota, learn about the life of African American homesteader Norvel Blair, the "science" of water witchery and the intriguing varieties of Hutterites, an anabaptist sect similar to the Amish.
Jul 24 2017
Rank #10: Hatchet Wielding Women and Land Running Settlers: Barber County, KS
Our ongoing journey takes us to Barber County, Kansas, where we learn the story of the the hatchet slinging temperance warrior, Carrie A. Nation, and the 1893 Land Run where 100,000 settlers raced for a chance at the American Dream.
Jun 05 2018