Chronicling the 1877 conflict between the Nez Perce and U.S. troops after the tribe was expelled from its lands in Oregon. Chief Joseph (1840-1904) led the tribe on a retreat to Canada through Idaho and Montana.
Pioneers who ventured into the Canadian West. Profiles include Sir James Douglas, the first governor of British Columbia; Gabriel Dumont and Louis Reil, who led a revolt against the Canadian government in 1885. Kenny Rogers is the host.
Profiling "Wild Bill" Hickok (1837-76), an Army scout who went on to become a Kansas lawman known for his quick trigger. Hickok was also a gambler and was shot to death while playing cards (the hand he was holding when he died, pairs of aces and eights, became known as the "dead man's hand").
The Klondike gold rush of 1897-98, when thousands flocked to Canada's remote Yukon Territory after gold had been discovered there the year before. Few struck it rich: most of the claims had already been staked by the time would-be prospectors arrived.
The rise of Chicago, "The Gateway to the West." Included is a look at how the city recovered from the fire of 1871. Also: the labor struggles that led to a wave of strikes, including the Haymarket Riot of 1886; and a segment on the Columbian Exposition.
Tracking down Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), founder of the detective agency, who first won notoriety by exposing counterfeiters. Included: his help organizing the Secret Service; his pursuit of "Wild West" outlaws, including the Reno brothers, Jesse James and Butch Cassidy.