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").
“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.
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.
An examination of how journalists chronicled---and sensationalized---the Old West focuses on coverage of Indian wars. Also: dime novels that embellished the exploits of Belle Starr, Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary).
Profiling U.S. Army Indian fighter Gen. George Crook (1829-90), called "Gray Fox" by Native Americans. After a distinguished Civil War record, Crook battled the Apaches and the Sioux in the 1870s and '80s.