Wild West Podcast

Michael King

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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Mayor Kelley's: Bear Meat for Christmas is posted once a year during December. The story takes place in 1877, when Dodge City, Kansas, was full of pranksters. The script written and produced by Mike King tells of a mischief-maker named Luke McGlue, who meets up with James Dog Kelly of Dodge City. Mayor Kelly had a tame bear that he called "Paddy," which for a time became the town pet in Dodge City. As the animal grew more substantial and rowdier, the cowboys often tormented Paddy resulting in the bear taking refuge in the bedroom of a local hotel. What happens next can only be described in the title of this podcast. There are intended touches of humor in this story written by Mike King and narrated by Brad Smalley. For more stories from Luke McGlue, go to "The Machiavellian of Dodge City." 

Dec 2

20 min 51 sec

The William Taylor Incident is the story of the killing of an innocent man by self-appointed Dodge City vigilantes. The story is told from the first-person perspective of Herman Fringer, one of the early settlers of Dodge City. No one knows the exact truth about how William Taylor got himself into the trouble that led to his killing. Some say his story could have been told in many different ways. The fact is that William Taylor was executed by a drunken mob who called themselves vigilantes, and someone would need to be held accountable. Some say Taylor's murder led Governor Osborn to appoint the first Commissioners of Ford County so a sheriff could be appointed. Others say the first county commissioners came into being, so the Kansas law would not be violated when selling liquor without an organized county. No matter the reason for the formation of the Ford County commission, whether to sell alcohol legally or to obtain a sheriff, William Taylor's murder needed to be resolved through the acts of civil order in a lawless town.

Nov 24

20 min 58 sec

As Dodge City was made by the Santa Fe Railroad, Fort Dodge was made by the Santa Fe Trail. Fort Dodge, established in 1865, was a part of the series of early frontier forts that made the settlement of the west possible by protecting travelers along the Santa Fe Trail. Thus, Fort Dodge has historical significance but has never been comprehensively evaluated for its eligibility to be placed on the National Historic Register. Of the three military installations in Kansas established to protect the Santa Fe Trail (including Fort Leavenworth established in 1827 and Fort Larned established in 1859), Fort Dodge remains the only fort not protected by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Unfortunately, this means that Fort Dodge buildings and cultural resources still lie unprotected. It is time for Fort Dodge to have its place in history and be protected by the National Parks Service as a National Historic Site. This show features Connie Penick, who currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Ford County Historical Society and is the Committee chair of the Preservation of Fort Dodge Focus group. To receive updated progress on developments for the preservation of Fort Dodge, you can join the Facebook page at PreserveFtDodge. In addition, you can learn more about the history of Fort Dodge by going to The History of Fort Dodge. 

Nov 17

13 min 6 sec

The loss of horses and supplies at Punished Woman's Fork left the Indians in need of replenishment. Their path of flight took them through the Republican and Solomon River tributary system in northwest Kansas. The area which the Cheyenne crossed in Northwest Kansas had a dense settler population. There were slayings and robbery in southwest Kansas during September, but the raids on the settlements in northwest Kansas, primarily in present-day Rawlins and Decatur Counties, were mortifying. Wild West Podcast proudly presents Cheyenne Exodus Part III: Raids on Sappa Valley. 

Nov 4

15 min 33 sec

After the Northern Cheyenne departure from the Darlington Reservation on September 9, and the battle of Turkey Springs, they traveled north into Kansas territory. They customarily convoyed as a tightly formed military group with 92 men, 120 women, 69 boys, and 79 girls. They could find no Buffalo or game to hunt, so they relied on stealing. Raiding parties fanned out across the flatlands pillaging ranches, pirating food and horses. The pursuit was on from settlers to military personnel, yet this small band was never surprised, traveling through defensible terrain. They were a military society on the move under disciplined leadership and masterful strategies to thwart attackers who would stop their journey north. Wild West Podcast proudly presents Cheyenne Exodus Part II: The Battle of Punished Women’s Fork. 

Oct 21

27 min 35 sec

In episode one, the Northern Cheyenne are escorted to the Darlington Reservation in Indian territory by way of Fort Dodge to Camp Supply, reaching the Cheyenne-Arapaho reservation on August 5, 1877. After reaching the reservation at Fort Reno, they were placed under the supervision of superintendent John Miles. The Northern Cheyenne noticed how poverty-stricken it was, and began to fall sick in the late summer of 1877. As a result, the Cheyenne chiefs started the organization to move north, and on September 9, 1878, Little Wolf, Dull Knife, Wild Hog, and Left Hand told their people to organize to leave. This episode ends with the Cheyenne ambushing the military at Turkey Springs and a special interview with Greg Heller on Frontier Forts. 

Oct 14

24 min 44 sec

In remembrance of the September 16, 1868 battle between the Forsyth Scouts and the Native American Dog Soldiers Wild West Podcast proudly presents the Schlesinger Account of Beecher Island.  This podcast is an excerpt from Mr. Sigmund Schlesinger diary. It contains an original account of Beecher's Island's defense from one of the participants' standpoint and is a unique document in our Western historical records. Following the Schlesinger story of the Battle of Beecher Island Mr. Greg Heller will provide a historical account of the battle.  Greg Heller is a retired Texas Peace Officer with 26 years of service.  After moving home to Kansas, Greg started researching the Texas Cowboy. During this time, Greg became a founding member of The Kansas Alliance of Professional Historic Performers. 

Sep 30

35 min

Fort Dodge was a pivotal fort during the Indian campaigns of 1867-69 and 1874-75. The Wet and Dry Routes of the Santa Fe Trail met here; the Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Trail ended here, and the Fort-Dodge-Fort Supply Trail began here. Millions of pounds of armaments and supplies were shipped south in trains of as many as 270 wagons. Fort Dodge was considered the most important of all the forts along the Santa Fe Trail. It was in the heart of Indian country. In this podcast  we will bring you "Building A Permanent Post" the story of the early construction of Fort Dodge in 1867.  The show will first present a historical narrative. Shortly after that, we will invite a special guest Doug Austen to join us in an in-depth discussion of some stories related the permanent buildings currently existing at Fort Dodge.  

Aug 25

26 min 1 sec

In part two of Trail to Medicine Lodge provides a first-hand experience of a young freighter named Billy Dixon. Dixon describes his journey southward from Fort Harker to Fort Larned and across the Arkansas River to Medicine Lodge. During the trip, Dixon describes the sights along the Santa Fe Trail while traveling with the peace commission and a caravan of one hundred and sixty wagons, carrying food and clothing for the Indians. Once the procession crosses the Arkansas River, they encounter over ten thousand buffalos, only to be interrupted by an escort who rushed out to the peaceful grazing bison and began to shoot them. Finally, after four days of travel, when arriving at Medicine Lodge, Dixon witnesses an encampment of five thousand Indians covering the landscape of different tribes making ready for the Medicine Lodge Treaty. Click here to purchase the book Trails, Forts Treaties & Indian Wars. 

Aug 13

23 min 30 sec

 Welcome to Wild West Podcast, a time in early Kansas history when forts were the sentinels along the Santa Fe Trail to protect onward travelers of a westward expansion. In this new series entitled Fort Dodge the Sentinel to the Cimarron, we will explore the historical timeline of the Forts along the Arkansas River Valley. In today's podcast, we will bring you the story of early forts along the Arkansas River to include Fort Mann, established in 1846, and Fort Atkinson, established in 1850. The show will first present a historical narrative. Shortly after that, we will invite a special guest Deb Goodrich to join us in an in-depth discussion of some stories related to the early forts along the Arkansas River. Books by Deb Goodrich

Aug 4

26 min 15 sec

 Part one of "Trail to Medicine Lodge" describes the reasons behind forming a peace commission to end the war with the Plains Indians while describing the Medicine Lodge location in Kansas. The story progresses as Billy Dixon, a hired freighter for the Medicine Lodge expedition, explains firsthand what it was like to move freight from the trailhead forts to the Medicine Lodge location. While on this journey from Fort Harker, Dixon experiences a cholera  epidemic and then joins a train of wagons from Fort Hayes to Fort Wallace. While at Fort Wallace, Dixon and his friend Frickie meet a journalist named Henry M. Stanley. Stanley, then working as a special correspondent for the Saint Louis Daily Democrat, provides a character description of each Medicine Lodge Peace Commission member. 

Jul 22

23 min 24 sec

 Wild West Podcast proudly presents Hancock's War, The Edmund Guerrier Story an unprecedented season of violence on the plains of Kansas. Settlers, overland travelers, and railroad construction crews in post-Civil War Kansas were becoming increasingly uneasy due to numerous Indian raids. The Cheyenne, Sioux, Arapaho, and Kiowa warriors had become so defiant in the early months of 1867 that they informed certain army officers that as soon as spring came, travel on the various overland routes must cease. Although the Indian agents insisted that the Kansans were overreacting to the situation, Major General Winfield S. Hancock, commander of the Department of the Missouri, decided to do something about the alarming situation. He informed the various Indian agents that he was organizing an expedition to convince the tribes that he could punish any of them who may molest travelers across the plains or commit other hostilities against the whites.  The following story is based on David Dixon's article entitled "A Scout with Custer: Edmund Guerrier on the Hancock Expedition of 1867.” You can purchase the book Trails, Forts, Treaties and Indian Wars at Amazon.com

Jul 16

30 min 10 sec

The Tale of Two Gunfights and One Crazy Mule is an authentic story base on the first-person account of Emanuel Dubbs. Emanuel Dubbs's story takes place on August 20, 1871, when he arrives in Newton, Kansas. The story opens when Dubbs and his wife enter town-witnessing excitement in the streets. Dubbs takes it upon himself to explore a recent 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. Dubs and his wife do not stay long in Newton, and Dubbs takes a job grading track for the Santa Fe Railroad. Then, during the spring of 1872, Dubs traveled with Mr. Wiley to the Arkansas River. Mr. Wiley, a head contractor, and Dubbs were to 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 stood. Dubbs describes the panorama view just minutes before he charges down an embankment to shoot a buffalo.After completing his work for the railroad, Dubbs decides to take in buffalo hunting, and while in Dodge City, he encounters a lawless character by the name of Billy Brooks. During this encounter, he witnesses a revenge gunfight between two Berry brothers from Hayes City over the killing of their brother.  

Jul 11

21 min 32 sec

Wild West Podcast proudly presents "Texas Billy and Squirrel Tooth Alice." This true story begins in Abilene, Kansas, when Billy Thompson arrives after a long cattle drive from San Antonio, Texas. Billy Thompson, known as "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 Billy helps run the Bull's Head Saloon, co-owned by his brother Ben Thompson and Phil Cole. However, after a gunfight ensues between Bill Hickok and Phil Cole leaving Cole, dead Billy leaves Abilene on a cattle drive back to Oklahoma.  Elizabeth and Billy soon join up with Ben Thompson, Texas Billy's brother in Ellsworth, Kansas. However, the story spins out of control after Billy Thompson is arrested on June 30, 1873, by John Morco for carrying a weapon in town limits. Soon after Billy's arrest, a disagreement breaks out between Marco and Billy Thompson, leaving Sheriff Chancey Whitney dead in the streets of Ellsworth, Kansas. The story written by Mike King provides the actual accounts of a twenty-five-year relationship between a gambler and a well-known prostitute as they travel through Dodge City and into a new settlement named Hide Town, Mobeetie, Texas, where Bat Masterson is shot. 

Jul 2

32 min 14 sec

 In part five “The Gathering Tribes” the Indians become aware of the Adobe Walls settlement and gather under the leadership of Quanah Parker to form a war party. Quanah Parker a Comanche war chief seeks the advice of a spiritual leader by the name of Isatai who holds a Sundance. Two members of the war party gathering escape to Fort Sill to warn of a possible Indian uprising. You can purchase the book by clicking on the link Return of the Great Hunters: Tales of the Frontier. Join us on https://www.facebook.com/WildWestPodcast 

Jun 26

10 min 9 sec

 In Part four “Prairie Thunder” the Buffalo Hunters from Dodge City establish a new settlement along Adobe Creek called Adobe Walles. The hunters are waiting for the big herds to arrive while Billy Dixon explores the territory for the movement of the spring buffalo herds. As the hunters are returning back to camp from a long days hunt they encounter a fierce thunderstorm. The story narrated by Brad Smalley describes how the lightning is so intense that it starts a buffalo stampede. The story concludes by unfolding how the hunters escape the running buffalo and how Billy Dixon losses his mules in the river.  

Jun 26

19 min 48 sec

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. 

Jun 21

32 min 25 sec

Billy Dixon and a company of fifty hunters travel south on the Jones and Plummer Trail past the Cimarron River and out into Indian Territory.  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. In 1843, the trading firm of Bent, St. Vrain & Company established a log structure trading site on what is now known as Bent Creek in Hutchinson County Texas. In 1845, they replaced the log structure with an adobe brick 80 feet square single-entrance fort, with walls that rose 9 feet. The fort was closed in 1848 due to Indian depredations. In 1849, William Bent blew up the remains of the fort and departed the panhandle of Texas.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. 

Jun 18

13 min 19 sec

The Jones and Plummer Trail was established in the fall of 1874 when two former buffalo hunters turned merchants and freighters. These two men Charles Edward (Dirty Face) Jones and Joseph H. Plummer, established a store at the head of Wolf Creek. Jones marked the trail, and the partners' trips to and from Dodge City to deliver hides and buffalo meat and purchase goods cut ruts into the sod deep enough for others to follow. From Dodge City, the trail angled southwest, paralleling Crooked Creek, to cross it and the Cimarron River near the Oklahoma-Kansas line. From there, it continued to Beaver, Oklahoma. At Beaver, the Dodge City Trail branched off to the southwest. "The Jones and Plummer Trail" is the story of a group of 50 buffalo hunters who left Dodge City in early March of 1874 to travel south to Texas panhandled to hunt the last of the buffalo herds.  The Jones and Plummer Trail is an excerpt from the book Return of the Great Hunters. 

Jun 17

13 min 32 sec

Buffalo Days, Legends of Dodge City, is about outfits of buffalo runners who traveled in and out of the Arkansas River Valley from 1870 to 1872. The book is a collection of individual stories of how men became legends of their experiences, founded at times by luck, but mostly on their skills to survive. These are the stories of personal legends established out of solid character and the will to endure, making them unique to American lore. Here are the hunters such as Charles Rath, Josiah Wright Mooar, Jim White, Thomas Nixon, HooDoo Brown, Bill Tilghman, and Billy Dixon. Many of the stories captivate the adventure, excitement, and experience of the Old West, tell the facts behind the individuals who were the founders of Dodge City and the events for which they participated in a less dramatized way. It is also the story of the greatest slaughter of any animal history: the great Bison herds of America. To purchase the book go to: Buffalo Days (See Video Trailer Here)

Jun 15

2 min 9 sec

This is the story of Moses Embree Milner, one man's life on the frontier as an Indian Scout. By the late 1860s the Army had been involved in the Indians Wars for 20 years and because of the vast, challenging land to the west, the Army needed more manpower. To offset the vastness of the territory the Army employed Indian Scouts to performed reconnaissance and combat duties. These scouts helped to subdue the last warring tribes.  There were several types of scouts: those who enlisted as Indian Scouts for brief terms and those hired as scouts by the U.S. Army. Sometimes an individual may have served at different times as a hired scout and an enlisted scout, but never at the same time. In addition to enlisted and hired scouts, some scouts not of native American descent served in Regular Army infantry and cavalry regiments in short-lived Indian campaigns in the 1800s. To read more about early frontier history you can purchase the book Trail, Forts, Treaties and Indian Wars at Amazon. 

Jun 10

12 min 24 sec

Even though a Town Company had organized the small settlement in August of 1872, Dodge City was still unincorporated. The town had no elected or appointed officials. A county government had not yet been organized, and consequently, there were no courts, jails, or official law enforcement in the region. The closest known law was located in Hays City, over 100 miles away. From August 1872 to July 1873, there were approximately thirty killings in Dodge City. Dodge City's privately hired lawmen like Billy Brooks were not up to policing the settlement, and by February of 1873, a Vigilance Committee had to be created. Most of the business people that formed the Vigilance Committee brought in hired guns to protect their holdings. Within four months, the vigilance committee killed two men, ran five others out of town, and brought in a buffalo hunter named McGill who had been shooting up the town. Wild West Podcast presents The Vigilantes of Dodge City, written by Mike King and narrated by Brad Smalley.

Jun 5

7 min 33 sec

 Throughout the American West, regular troops delivered state-sanctioned violence to execute United States law and policy. To accomplish this task the US military established multiple forts to supply military troops to punish Indian plundering, drive specific tribes onto legitimate reservations, or force Indians to the treaty table. The Wild West Podcast proudly presents Military Forts, part five of Trails, Forts, Treaties, and Indian Wars. In part five narrated by Brad Smalley, a description is provided on how the US military maintained its  presence in Kansas through a chain of forts. The establishment of these forts along the heavily traveled trails were part of a practice that often expanded randomly over the nation's frontier. Six forts were located in the central and western portions of the state. They were established to render defense to the frontier as both the Indians and the settlers came in contacted with each other.  Featured in part one are Fort Leavenworth, Harker and Wallace.  To learn more about Kansas Military Forts you can purchase the book, Trails, Forts, Treaties and Indian Wars at Amazon. To review more books by Mike King go to the Legends of Dodge City Website. 

Jun 2

17 min 50 sec

Dodge City was founded on June 17, 1872 as makeshift bar setup five miles west of Fort Dodge. The Founding of Dodge City tells the story of when George Brown meets George Hoover who has set up a makeshift whiskey bar in the middle of the plains. Hoover 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. 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.” At the end of the conversation Hoover convinces Brown to go into the whiskey business by opening a bar next to his tent. Soon after Brown sets up the second saloon in Dodge City a make shift town is created of crude framed buildings, half wood, and half dugout. Brown provides a first hand look at then Buffalo City soon to become Dodge City during the months of July and August of 1872. One week after Brown sets up his saloon gamblers and women start to arrive in big bowed, mule-driven wagons. What comes next from those wagons begins to play out as bad whiskey business - as one of the first gunfights erupts in the street between gambler Moorehouse and ruffian by the name of Langford. You can purchase the book by clicking on Buffalo Days. Learn more about Kansas and the early west by visiting Wild West Podcast Facebook Page. 

Jun 1

16 min 10 sec

Dave Morrow mustered out of the Military in May 1866. He drifted into Hays City, Kansas, where he lived for several years. David Morrow might be considered typical of many Easterners who came to the Kansas buffalo range about 1870. Dave quickly gained a reputation as an excellent shot and first-class hunter. Dave Morrow was known as "Prairie Dog Dave" in Dodge City. He had many roles in western law enforcement and served with Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp. This is the story written by Mike King and narrated by Brad Smalley about how Dave Morrow got his moniker of Prarie Dog Dave. The story of Dave Morrow is an excerpt from Buffalo Days, now available on Amazon. 

May 29

12 min 15 sec

 In the Death of an Endless Resource, the great buffalo slaughter is on, and in 1873 the herds became harder to find.  In the southern prairies, the buffalo completely vanished. To prosper in buffalo hides, the buffalo hunters sent two men to Fort Dodge, Kansas. The hunters asked the commander of Fort Dodge what the penalty was if the skinners crossed into the Texas Panhandle and onto reservation land. The Medicine Lodge Treaty said no white settlers could hunt there, but that’s where the surviving buffalo had gathered. Lieutenant Colonel Richard Dodge met with the two men, and one remembered the colonel say, “Boys, if I were a buffalo hunter, I would hunt buffalo where buffalo are.” Then the colonel wished them good luck. To learn more about the Great Buffalo Slaughter of 1873 purchase Buffalo Days. 

May 28

8 min 56 sec

In May of 1872, Richard Irving Dodge takes a wagon to a high point above the Kansas plains called Pawnee Rock. The story written and produced by Mike King provides a clear description of the great southern herd coming north for the summer grass. This herd of buffalo was no less than four hundred and eighty thousand in number as they cross the Kansas plain. While on Pawnee Rock, the future commander of Fort Dodge reflects on a time when he and his men held off a massive buffalo charge along the banks of the Arkansas River Valley. The production narrated by Brad Smalley provides nine layers of sound effects, which are best, experienced with a set of headphones. The listener will experience the sounds of a night camp along the riverbanks of the Arkansas River and the sounds of buffalo hoofs shaking the ground during a massive charge.

May 27

12 min 46 sec

The Wild West podcast presents the Gunfight at 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

May 20

27 min 1 sec

 Dodge City, Kansas founded in 1872 from its very beginning’s was a lawless town. Many newspaper accounts during the early days proclaimed the town to be as “rough a community as ever flourished under one flag.” Some have claimed the reason for the town’s recalcitrant reputation is that the majority of the businesses at the whistle-stop catered at first to the buffalo hunter and then to the rowdy drovers. The economic growth of this makeshift community standing at the edge of the flat Arkansas River bottom depended in large part on the trail hands and their immoral conduct. To learn more about the legends of Dodge City go to A Man In A Black Derby Hat. 

May 16

4 min 6 sec

Ham Bell of Dodge City Kansas, is a notable legend. He is recognized for his frontier spirit, and his ability to create. He was an entrepreneur; a person who was defined by his willingness to risk loss in order to improve the quality of life for others. Ham Bell had been born July 31, 1853 Hannibal Boettler Beltz in Washington County, Maryland. When he was nine, he and two siblings became orphans. Five years later, after living with an uncle, he set off on his own. Ham Bell made Dodge City his headquarters and it would be home for the rest of his life. 

May 15

7 min 37 sec

The purpose of this podcast is to tell the story of Bill Tilghman, and his Buffalo Days. Tilghman was among the first white men to locate a buffalo hunting camp on the extreme southwestern border of Barbour County, Kansas. The camp was only a few miles north of the boundary line between Kansas and the Indian Territory. An Indian uprising lasting more than a year had been put down the year previous by General Custer, and, as a natural consequence, the Indians who had taken part in the uprising entertained for the white man anything but a friendly feeling.  Billy Tilghman, like the others in that country at the time, became a buffalo hunter and was working along nicely until the Indians got after him. The following story is based on an article written by Bat Master from chapter 4 of his book entitled Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier. 

Apr 28

12 min 21 sec

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 insight 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 dangerous.

Apr 27

7 min 25 sec

Wild West Podcast proudly presents Treaties chapter four of Trails, Forts Treaties, and Indian Wars. For the Southern Plains tribes, the Comanche, the Kiowa, the Southern Cheyenne, and the Arapahoe, there were three major peace agreements. These agreements attempted to keep Indians off the immigration and rail routes along with the cattle grazing lands in Texas and Kansas settlement areas. This is the story of those agreements leading up to the Plains Indian Wars of 1868. ALSO BY MICHAEL KINGThe Machiavellian's of Dodge CityReturn of the Great Hunters: Tales of the FrontierA Man in A Black Derby Hat: Bat Masterson: Selected Short Stories

Mar 13

10 min 32 sec

Wild West Podcast proudly presents The Battle of Beecher Island, Part II. (You can purchase the book Trails, Forts Treaties, and Indian Wars now on sale for a limited time at Amazon.com.)  In part two of the Battle of Beecher Island, Jack Stilwell tells the story of how Roman Nose leads the second attack against a small force of military scouts at the Arickaree fork of the Republican River. The mission was under the command of Major Forsyth, who received information that Indians had attacked a freighter's train 13 miles east of Ft. Wallace, near the railhead of the Kansas Pacific Railroad. The mission was to counter the Indian attack by trailing and punishing the raiding Party. ALSO BY MICHAEL KINGThe Machiavellian's of Dodge City Return of the Great Hunters: Tales of the FrontierA Man in A Black Derby Hat: Bat Masterson: Selected Short Stories

Mar 11

16 min 31 sec

Join George Hoodoo Brown and Jack Stilwell in the retelling of the Battle of Beecher Island, also known as the Battle of Arikaree Fork. The battle was an armed conflict between the United States Army elements and several of the Plains Tribes in September of 1868. (You can purchase the book Trails, Forts Treaties, and Indian Wars now on sale for a limited time at Amazon.com.)  In part one of the Battle of Beecher Island, George Hoodoo Brown arrived in Hays City on September 29, 1868. George enters a saloon where he meets Jack Stilwell, an army scout at the Battle of Beecher Island. Over a few drinks at the bar, Stilwell describes how he and 50 other scouts participated in a special mission out of Fort Harker. The mission was under the command of Major Forsyth, who received information that Indians had attacked a freighter's train 13 miles east of Ft. Wallace, near the railhead of the Kansas Pacific Railroad. The mission was to counter the Indian attack by trailing and punishing the raiding Party. 

Feb 4

18 min 37 sec

Wild West Podcast proudly presents Trail, Forts, Treaties, and Indian Wars a new book by Mike King. You can purchase the book and play the audio version through Wild West Podcast or by scanning the QR code below each chapter. Trails, Forts Treaties, and Indian Wars are based on true accounts in early Kansas history. The illustrated book offers 149 pages and is narrated by Brad Smalley. The book is now on sale for a limited time at Amazon.com. 

Feb 2

1 min 51 sec

The railways pushed westward across buffalo country and the Texas cattle drives came up from the South. The Texas cattlemen drove their cattle to the railheads in Kansas and overnight cattle towns like Abilene sprung civilization, profit, and vice out of the Kansas prairie. The following is a first-person account of George W. Brown and what it was like in western Kansas as a freighter, drover, buffalo hunter, and Indian scout. George W. Brown tells how he joins the times' growing commerce, traveling along the military routes in 1868. 

Jan 2

15 min 11 sec

The Wild West Podcast proudly presents the second of a five-part series on the early Cheyenne Indian wars from 1857 to the Sheridan winter campaign of 1868. Part two of the series “Early Kansas Trails” is the historical timeline of the westward expansion of the Kansas Territory. The podcast begins with the founding of the Santa Fe Trail and the formation of multiple transportation routes across the plains. 

Nov 2020

27 min 20 sec

The Wild West Podcast proudly presents the third of a five-part series on the early Cheyenne Indian wars from 1857 to the Sheridan winter campaign of 1868. In part three of the series, “The Cheyenne Campaign of 1857” is the historical accounts of the first actual campaign against the Plains Indians - known as the Battle of Solomon Fork. This little-known clash with the Cheyenne Indians took place in northwest Kansas, near present-day Penokee, in Graham County, Kansas. 

Oct 2020

35 min 50 sec

Wild West Podcast proudly presents part two of the “Early Kansas Trails.” Kansas probably has more frontier trails than any other state, being the jumping-off point during westward expansion. In addition to the emigrant trails to the West, including the Santa Fe Trails, Smoky Hill Trail, and the Cannon Ball Stagecoach Road. Kansas also provided several military trails that connected the many Forts. One such trail was the Butterfield Overland Dispatch established in 1865. 

Sep 2020

12 min 34 sec

Wild West podcast proudly presents "The Battle of Ingalls," a September 1, 1893 gunfight between United States Marshals and the Doolin Dalton Gang. At the closing years of the old west, the citizens of Ingall’s unwittingly entertained outlaws and where the Doolin-Dalton gang had found safe harbor until thirteen marshals formed a posse to capture the gang. What unfolds in this historical account is one of the most protracted gun battles ever fought in the old west resulting in the death of three marshals and several residents of Ingall’s. 

Sep 2020

32 min 38 sec

This is the true historical account of the second battle of Adobe Walls. On June 5, 1874, Hanrahan and a party of hunters departed Dodge City for Adobe Walls. The Indians on the Texas plains did not like the occupation of the hunters in the area, especially when they began killing off their buffalo for the sale of hides. The Battle of Adobe Walls fought on June 27, 1874, between the Comanche force of 700 and a group of 28 bison hunters defending the settlement. Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, son of a captured white woman, Cynthia Ann Parker, led the Indian contingent. Some of the hunters, who were present at Adobe Walls, included James Hanrahan, 20-year-old Bat Masterson, William "Billy" Dixon who on the third day of the battle made a famous long-distance rifle shot effectively ending the siege. You can purchase the book by clicking on the link Return of the Great Hunters: Tales of the Frontier. 

Sep 2020

34 min 53 sec

The Wild West Podcast proudly presents the first of a five-part series on the early Cheyenne Indian wars from 1857 to the 1868 Sheridan winter campaign. In part one of the series “The Ways of the Cheyenne People” is a depiction of the Cheyenne culture. Part one will provide the listener with a quick overview of the Cheyenne way of life on the Southern Plains. 

Aug 2020

15 min 45 sec

In Chapter eight, Buck Laramie scrambles to think of ways to hold off the gang before reinforcements can arrive. Buck running out of cartridges and taking a bullet to the arm is saved by Slim, who appears on the scene to help hold off the approaching gang. Slim and Buck make a gallant stand above the valley where the group tries to fight their way out through the pass as reinforcements arrive. 

May 2020

14 min 42 sec

In chapter seven, Buck Laramie, under cover of night, returns to the foothills of the Diablos. Buck uses the Yaquis Indian tactics to overcome the guard leading through the escape tunnel, hoping to distract the gang's ride into San Leon. Buck quickly covers the entry of the escape tunnel to hold off a band of twenty-five riders. The outlaws converge on the tunnel entrance, with Buck being sub come to a fuselage of fire from the approaching gang. The only hope Buck has is for the arrival of the townspeople.  

May 2020

10 min 45 sec

In chapter six, Buck Laramie rides hard to escape the bandit hideout and arrives at the Box W Ranch only to find out Waters has gone into San Leon to see the doctor. Buck has no choice but to return to San Leon to warn the townspeople of the upcoming plan of the gang. It did not take the townspeople of San Leon long to spot Buck on his return, and they give chase to the fugitive as Buck nearly escapes with the help of Judy Anders. Buck plans to lead the pursuing townspeople to the gang's hideout. 

Apr 2020

9 min 12 sec

In chapter five, while Buck is escaping the bandit's hideout, he encounters the sentinel. Buck ducks low among the rocks as he comes under fire from the sheltered guard. Buck returns fire with a wild aim and finds his victim to be a young boy. The boy under his dying breath tells his story and how the gang plans to clean up in San Leon. To download this chapter go to Legends of Dodge City.

Apr 2020

11 min 13 sec

In chapter 4 Buck rides to the fake gang's hideout, and during the night, climbs the side of the rocky cliffs to sneak past the sentinel only to be captured by the gang. While a prisoner tied up in a chair Buck remembers a hidden knife concealed in the chair and manages to get the drop on the gang. To download this chapter go to Legends of Dodge City. 

Apr 2020

13 min 28 sec

In chapter 3, Buck Laramie kicks up the dust and rides hard out of Sera Leon to elude a fast approaching posse. While under the cover of darkness, Buck approaches the Waters' ranch to meet his old friend and gets protection from his pursuers. There at Old Man Waters place, Buck tells the stories of each of his brother's demise while Waters unveils the motives of the newly formed Laramie gang.  To download this chapter go to Legends of Dodge City. 

Apr 2020

13 min 30 sec