Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: 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.
Rank #3: 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.
Rank #4: 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.
Rank #5: Tensas Parish, Louisiana: White Liners and Voting Rights
We look at the history of Tensas Parish and uncover a terrible story of voter suppression in the wake of Reconstruction.
Rank #6: 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.
Rank #7: 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.
Rank #8: 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.
Rank #9: Manhattan, NV. Ghost towns and nuclear warnings to the future
We start in Manhattan, Nevada, a town that's died and been reborn several times, before checking out the rest of Nye County. We find stories of a man who tried to turn himself into a tiger and a US county with a population of 0, no buildings and no paved roads. Finally, we touch on the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository and the problem of how to warn future generations away from our deadly trash.
Rank #10: 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.