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.
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.
“Steamboats West: Glory Days on the Big Muddy” examines how the introduction of steamboats on the Missouri River spurred settlement. Also: the steamboat's role in the aftermath of the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
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.