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True tales from the wild and woolly west covering the real life people and events that shaped the American frontier. Gunfighters, Lawmen, Outlaws, Native Americans, Mountain Men, Explorers - the lands they discovered and the battles they fought! Dad jokes and mispronunciations abound on this deep dive into Old West history!
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Jim Clyman is a name that continually pops up in every book I've read on mountain men and fur trappers, but who was he? Veteran of the war of 1812, General Ashley’s 1824 Expedition, & the Blackhawk War, Jim Clyman was friend and contemporary to men like Hugh Glass, Jedediah Smith, Broken Hand Fitzpatrick and Jim Bridger. At various times a trapper, surveyor, soldier, businessman, and wagon guide, Jim Clyman lived one helluva life and had his fair share of close encounters of the historical kind! LISTEN TO THE END FOR A SPECIAL UPDATE!!!! Check out my website! Contact me! Subscribe or follow The Wild West Extravaganza WHEREVER you consumer audio! Merchandise now available! Listen to my friends at Obscure History and Texas History Lessons!!!! Journal of a Mountain Man by Win Blevins How the Donner Party was Doomed by a Disastrous Shortcut
There’s just no denying that Texas produced its fair share of stone-cold killers in the latter part of the 19th century. Men like John Wesley Hardin, King Fisher, Clay Allison, the outlaw Sam Bass, and of course the notorious Deacon Jim Miller. And then there’s Bill Longley, considered by some to be one of the deadliest gunmen of the west. A tall brooding shootist credited with 32 kills once described as the worst man in Texas. “I still alone tread the living land destitute of friends but damn the world and every sons of a bitch that don’t like me for I am a wolf, and it is my night to howl.” – Bill Longley Check out my website! Contact me! Listen to The Wild West Extravaganza WHERVER you consumer audio! Listen to Obscure History!!!!  Listen to Texas History Lessons!!! Boastful Bill Longley Bad Bill Longley Bill Longley DNA
In the summer of 1877 Chief Joseph and the peaceful Nez Perce went to war with the U.S. Government in a running fight that spanned four states and 1,170 miles. Who was Chief Joseph? Why’d Buffalo Bill call him “the greatest Indian ever produced?” And why did the Nez Perce go to war? I’ve been looking forward to this episode for a long time so without further ado, let’s dive into Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War! Check out my website! Contact me! Listen to The Wild West Extravaganza WHERVER you consumer audio! Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce by Kent Nerburn Nez Perce War Battle Map Nez Perce War Timeline – University of Lethbridge Aftermath of Nez Perce War – That scene from 28 Weeks Later Daytime Smoker The Nez Perce continue fighting for their land Liver Eating Johnson Part 1 Liver Eating Johnson Part 2
Discovered sometime prior to 1952 in the Florida Mountains of Southwestern New Mexico, the “Last Stand Note” - written on a piece of tobacco paper and stuffed inside an empty shell case - reads as follows: This is our last shell and about 10 Indians left so our chances look slim, but we are going to take a chance. Yours truly, Wm Bonney. Did Billy the Kid REALLY write this note? Did he ever have any close encounters with the Apache? Find out all of this and more on this newest episode of the Wild West Extravaganza! Check out my website! Contact me! Billy the Kid and the Apaches – True West Magazine The Last Stand Note Cooke’s Canyon      
When Felipe Espinosa and younger brother Vivian were feeling bloody, the bodies were sure to follow. And in the spring and summer of 1863, there was certainly no shortage of bodies. Some victims were shot at long distances while others were casualties of more close-in work with blade or axe. And most were mutilated; beheaded, disemboweled, desecrated or otherwise molested. After several failed attempts, the U.S. Army finally hired half-breed mountain man Tom Tobin to hunt down Felipe Espinosa. Tobin had been out west since he was a 14-year-old and had a unique set of skills that made him invaluable when it came to being a manhunter. Who were the Bloody Espinosa brothers? What caused their murderous tirade? Who was Tom Tobin and was he successful? My name’s Josh and your listening to the Wild West Extravaganza! Check out my website for more true tales from the wild and woolly west! Email me!!! Support the podcast!!! Listen to my episode of Texas History Lessons!!! The Bloody Espinosas by Adam James Jones Out of Vengeance or Just Plain Madness, another great article by Adam James Jones
GREETINGS! This is a Podcast Swap, hosted by my friend Michael from the podcast Texas History Lessons! After you give this a listen make sure you check out his website for the latest episode of Texas History Lessons - hosted by yours truly - on the 1919 Texas Ranger Investigation! Any mention of the Wild West brings up many images that books and film have ingrained in the American mind over decades.  Cowboys trailing cattle up the trail.  Bold Native American warriors fighting to preserve their way of life.  Settlers and soldiers determined to fight back and take the land that they felt they, somehow, deserved.  Surely many more can be listed but there are two that will definitely pop up.  The confident gunman that had a steady hand and a sure shot that would lay his opponent or opponents in the dust and the feuding families or associations of cattlemen that resorted to bloody violence to establish their control over the use of water and land.  In this episode of the Wild West Extravaganza we are taking a look at one of the steadiest and best shots of all gunmen, Commodore Perry Owens, and his role in the bloodiest range feud in American history, Arizona’s Pleasant Valley War. Don't forget to check out Texas History Lessons Podcast! Check out my website for more true stories from the Wild and Woolly West! Contact Me!!! Support Wild West Extravaganza!!!    
In 1864 famed frontiersman Kit Carson took a force of several hundred soldiers into the heart of the Llano Estacada in an attempt to punish the Comanche for their recent raids. What followed was a bloody fight now known as the first Battle of Adobe Walls, as Carson and his men kicked the hornet’s nest and quickly found themselves outnumbered 10 to 1. This episodes got something for everyone! We’re gonna talk Kit Carson, we’re gonna talk army tactics, Billy the Kid, the Navajo, the Apache, and - of course - the Comanche. For further reading check out Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides. Check out my website for more true tales from the wild and woolly west!!! Contact Me!!! Support this podcast!!!
Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickock - These are the names of legends. Names I think most people – even those with no interest in old west history – will find familiar. But for every one of these guys there were a dozen others who were every bit as deadly and capable with a firearm, if not more so. Men who didn’t flinch in the face of death. Men who knew the smell of the black powder smoke and the crack of a bullet snapping past their heads. Men who for whatever reason are largely lost to history. Or at very least just not that well known. Men like Elfego Baca. The young store clerk who pinned on a fake mail order badge and single handedly took on an overwhelming force of gunmen. The over 30-hour gunfight that ensued is considered, by some, to be the most lopsided of the wild west. All at the tender age of 19! And don’t you worry your pretty little head, the rest of Elfego’s life was chock full of excitement as well. The man would go on to be tried several times for murder. Work as a sheriff, a lawyer, a detective, a district attorney, a prohibition era speakeasy bouncer, dip his toes in the Mexican Revolution and hell, even become a school superintendent. And yes, his life would inspire a Disney TV series not too long after his death. According to one biographer Elfego Baca was "controversial. He drank too much; he talked too much; he had a weakness for wild women; he was often arrogant; and, of course, he showed no compunction about killing people.” And when it came to killing Elfego made no bones about it saying “If a man had it in mind to kill me, I made it my business to kill him first.” Sounds like the kinda guy we like around these parts! Who was Elfego Baca? Find out on this newest el gato nueve el vides I can’t speak Spanish worth a damn episode of Bloody Beaver’s Wild West Extravaganza! Check out my website for more true stories from the wild & woolly west! Contact me!!! Click here to follow!!! Click here to support!!! The Life and Truth of Elfego Baca - Richard Duree The Legend of Elfego Baca - True West Magazine Following Elfego Baca - True West Magazine The Frisco War - Legends of America Elfego Baca: A Very Brave Man - Dr. Joe Sweeney The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca - Disney TV
“I will show you that I can kill men with as much skill and rapidity as anybody. From this time on I ask no quarter and I will give none” – these were the words spoken by Bloody Bill Anderson, shortly before he executed and scalped over twenty men. According to those who rode with Anderson he was “a desperate man and a reckless fighter, the worst devil in the bunch. Human life meant nothing to him. He could shoot a man who was on his knees begging for mercy as easy as most men kill a chicken. He feared no man alive and believed heart and soul in the southern cause.” Who was Bloody Bill Anderson? What events transpired that caused him to devote his entire life to war? A life that he once spoke of saying “if I cared for my life I would have lost it long ago. Wanting to lose it, I cannot throw it away.” Was Bill Anderson a reluctant hero caught up in the passions of civil war or just a blood thirsty villain, using any excuse he could to terrorize a countryside? Find out all of this and more on this you gonna pull those pistols or whistle dixie episode of Bloody Beaver’s Wild West Extravaganza! Check out my website for more true tales from the wild and woolly west! Click here to contact me! Click here for all the various ways to listen to Bloody Beaver’s Wild West Extravaganza! Check out my Patreon for bonus content or just to support the podcast! The Tactical Genius of Bloody Bill Anderson by Sean McLachlan Bloody Bill Anderson bio by Mathew C. Hullbert Bloody Bill: The Infamous Symbol of a Savage Time (Interesting article) Paul R. Peterson's version of Bloody Bill Anderson’s father’s death. The Bush Smith rabbit hole of speculation Did Bloody Bill Anderson Escape An Ambush In Missouri And Settle In Brown County, Texas? (Spoiler Alert: Probably not!) Bloody Bill's grave
Frontiersman Hugh Glass was mauled by a grizzly bear in 1823. Left for dead, stripped of his belongs, and covered in maggots, he defied all odds and made a 250-mile journey on foot through hostile territory. But that’s only half the story. On this episode we’re going to talk pirates, we’re going to talk about mountain men and the fur trade, we’re going to talk a whole bunch about Native Americans. And - most importantly – we’re going to talk some Leonardo DiCaprio. Who was Hugh Glass? Where’d he come from? Was he born with the bark on, or did he have to work at it? How many pirate jokes can I fit into one episode? Find out all of this and more on this newest if any of this sounds familiar then you’ve been listening to this podcast for a long time edition of Bloody Beaver Podcast! Check out my website for more true tales from the wild west! Contact me!!! Follow Bloody Beaver Podcast!!! Bonus Content Available at Patreon!!! The MeatEater Podcast Ep. 86 – The Meat Tree Part 1 The MeatEater Podcast Ep. 87 – The Meat Tree Part 2 The MeatEater Podcast Ep. 236 – Crawling Back From the Dead with Michael Punke Arikara Language in The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio and the Bear??? Who Started The Leonardo DiCaprio Bear Rumor?  
On May 6th, 1877, just ten months after the battle of Little Big Horn, the legendary Crazy Horse led nearly 900 Lakota & Cheyenne to Fort Robinson, Nebraska. It was time to surrender. Five months later in October of 1877 Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce would do the same. To fight no more, forever. Sitting Bull of the Lakota would hold out until May of 1881, when he too would lay down his arms. And then finally - on September 4th, 1886 - the mighty Apache leader Geronimo surrendered to the U.S. Army, in Skeleton Canyon, in present day southeastern Arizona. The last American Indian warrior to formerly surrender to the United States. And with him, so went the Indian Wars. The buffalo were gone, the railroads and churches were here to stay, and the wild west – for the most part – was over. But what if I were to tell you that not ALL of the Apache surrendered? That there were a few holdouts that not only continued to live free but continued to make war with their enemies as well. For the next 45 years! Find out more on this holy crap, I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this before I’m about to pee my pants with excitement episode of Bloody Beaver Podcast! Check out my website! Hit that contact button or click on the “leave a voicemail” option! Head on over to my Patreon for bonus content or just to support the podcast! Time Magazine article from 1929 on Francisco Fimbres White Chief May Have Led Last of the Free Apaches into 20th Century Mexicans Recall Last Apaches Living in Sierra A Savage Land thesis by Margery Hunt Watkinson The Last "Broncho" thesis by Leah Candolin Cook Meet the Geronimos The last Free Apaches
This is Part 2! If you have not already done so, give Part 1 a listen! As the Liver-Eater's reputation grew he began working as a guide for prospectors and a scout for General Miles, against the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Nez Perce. Later he'd take jobs in law enforcement in Coulson and Red Lodge, Montana, work in a Wild West Show, and even grow cabbages! And Johnson's story doesn't even end when he dies! Was Robert Redford really one of Johnson's pallbearers? Did he really have a Crow wife? Did he ever actually kill any Crow warriors? Could he have possibly been born in 1841? Did he really lasso a whale???? Find out all this and more on this "You've come far, pilgrim" part 2 edition of Bloody Beaver Podcast! Check out my website for more true stories from the wild and woolly west! Bonus content available on Patreon! Liver-Eating Johnston: The Dust Never Settles on a Legend, by Dennis McLelland Liver-Eating Johnson's rifle for auction??? Liver-Eating Johnson's Hawken Rifle & Bowie Knife??? The Never-Ending Lives of Liver-Eating Johnson by D.J. Herda Crow Killer, New Edition: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson, by Thorpe, Bunker, & Bender Mountain Man, by Vardis Fisher Liver-Eating Johnson: The Life and Legacy of the Famous Mountain Man, by Charles Rivers Editors The Avenging Fury of the Plains, by Dennis J. McLelland I Buried Hickok: The Memoirs of White Eye Anderson, by Joseph F. Anderson My Life as an Indian, by James W. Schultz My Sixty Years on the Plains, by W.T. Hamilton    
Liver Eating Johnson was blood kin to the grizzly that bit Jim Bridger’s ass and YOU are molesting my podcast! The man known to some as the Crow Killer was many things. Fur trapper, scout, "Indian fighter", a guide, a hunter, a soldier, possibly a cannibal and ALWAYS larger than life! Whole lotta tall tales surrounding this giant of a man so please join me as we attempt to separate truth from fiction on this newest "Elk don’t know how many legs a horse got! Watch your top knot, yep, you watch yourn" episode of Bloody Beaver Podcast! Please subscribe and stay tuned for PART 2! COMING SOON!!!! Check out my website for more true stories from the wild and wooly west! The Never-Ending Lives of Liver-Eating Johnson by D.J. Herda Crow Killer, New Edition: The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson, by Thorpe, Bunker, & Bender Mountain Man, by Vardis Fisher Liver-Eating Johnson: The Life and Legacy of the Famous Mountain Man, by Charles Rivers Editors The Avenging Fury of the Plains, by Dennis J. McLelland I Buried Hickok: The Memoirs of White Eye Anderson, by Joseph F. Anderson My Life as an Indian, by James W. Schultz My Sixty Years on the Plains, by W.T. Hamilton
Sergeant Luther James Dorsey was a member of the buffalo soldiers, the all-black cavalry regiments who served on America’s frontier. From the Indian Wars to the Korean war, these men bravely – and against all odds and prejudice – cemented their legacy into the fabric of American History. Check out my website! Check out my patreon for exclusive content! Seattle Times article – Complicated and Controversial Role Buffalo Soldier Links! Buffalo Soldier Museum Conroe Community Cemetery Restoration Project Cemetery Dedication Ceremony - KPRC 2 Luther James Dorsey Bridge Dedication - CW39
In the summer of 1868 Major George A. Forsyth, under orders from General Sheridan, raised a company of fifty "first-class hardy frontiersmen" to seek out and engage hostile Native Americans. These scouts soon found themselves outnumbered and surrounded by hundreds of Cheyenne warriors as they took refuge on a little sandbar in the middle of the Arikaree river. What followed is now known as the battle of Beecher Island. Check out my website for more true stories from the wild west! Subscribe to Patreon for bonus content & to support the show! Contrary - Little Big Man List of Forsyth's Scouts Excerpt from Indian Yell, by Michael Blake - True West Mag Indian Yell: The Heart of an American Insurgency by Michael Blake The Battle of Beecher Island, by George A. Forsyth    
It’s not every day that your boss offers you a hundred and fifty dollars to murder somebody. I think we can all agree that’s not a normal occurrence. But then again, the tough kid wasn’t normal. The real story behind legendary Texas Ranger Frank Hamer's first gunfight, at the age of 16. Check out my website for more true tales from the wild west! Bonus content available on Patreon! Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer by John Boessnecker Fact Checking Highwaymen: USA Today Frank Hamer vs KKK? Washington Post article by Monica Munoz Martinez Frank Hamer's First Gunfight by Mark Boardman Houston Chronicle Article on Hamer attacking journalist  
Bill Tilghman - the legendary lawman best known for hunting down bad guys in Indian Territory - got his start as a teenaged buffalo hunter on the Kansas frontier. After that he spent years patrolling the tough streets of Dodge City with the likes of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and Charlie Bassett before moving on to Oklahoma where he did more of the same. Friends with guys like Luke Short and Doc Holliday. Rubbed shoulders with outlaws like Dave Rudabaugh and J.J. Webb, Tilghman wore many hats throughout his life. Senator, husband, father, scout, Rancher, saloon owner, movie producer, actor, and then finally – at the ripe ole age of 70 – Tilghman pinned on a badge yet again to take on the corrupt boom town of Cromwell, Oklahoma. Maybe. Or Maybe not. Join me today as we find out more about the man who - according to Teddy Roosevelt - would charge hell with a bucket. The man who Bat Masterson once said was “the best of all of us” on this newest don’t kill the messenger history is complicated and sometimes our heroes are flawed and this is probably the last ever episode OF Bloody Beaver Podcast. Check out my website for more true stories from the wild west!!! Head on over to Patreon for bonus content or if you want to support the podcast!!! Texas History Lessons Podcast Bat Masterson on Bill Tilghman Was Bill Tilghman Honest? – True West Magazine How Accurate Was You Know My Name? – True West Magazine The Man Who Shot Bill Tilghman - True West Magazine The Killing Of Bill Tilghman – True West Magazine Dodge City – Book by Tom Clavin Bill Tilghman's Biography – Written by his widow, Zoe Agnes Stratton Tilghman The Trial of Wiley Lynn – Edmond Life & Leisure Wiley Lynn's Last Days - Edmond Life & Leisure Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaws (1915) Oklahoma Land Rush Scene – Far and Away (1992) Great Murder Trials of the Old West – Johnny D. Boggs Shoot From The Lips – Nancy B. Samuelson
The old shoe salesman wasn’t as spry as he used to be. A fact his aching and crackling joints made abundantly clear to him each and every morning when he climbed up out of bed. But he found that once he got a few cups of strong coffee in him, he didn’t feel all that bad. Real coffee, though. Not Chicory. He’d had more than enough of that as a youngster. Morning cup of joe notwithstanding, he still wasn’t moving briskly enough to suit the loudmouthed customer he was currently attending. “Don’t you know who I am?” the blowhard shouted. “I’m Bill Duggans and I’ve got a mind to bust you upside the head if you don’t find me the boots I want!” What would follow would be a lesson the loudmouthed Bill Duggans wouldn’t soon forget. And give birth to yet another legend surrounding one of the most notorious killers the old west ever knew. Check out my website for more true tales of the wild west!
Joe Medicine Crow was a mighty war chief amongst his people, the Crow. The Apsáalooke. The Children of the large beak bird. Joe was raised in the traditional way of the Crow and fulfilled all four requirements to become a War Chief of the Crow Nation. The last War Chief. But Joe Medicine Crow was much MUCH more. “With an education, you’re the white man’s equal. Without an education, you’re the white man’s victim” – Joe Medicine Crow Check out my website for more WILD WEST content! Celebrating 100 Years with Dr. Joe Medicine Crow Medicine Crow War Chief Story (Joe Sings) Joe Receives Medal of Freedom
Ned Christie: Ruthless Cherokee outlaw or courageous hero? Murderer or innocent man? If someone had asked me a year ago who Ned Christie was, I’d have probably said he was just another Indian Territory outlaw. In the same vein as Cherokee Bill or Henry Starr. And I don’t think I’m the only person out there with this misconception. Back in the 1970’s Time Life put out a series of books on the old west. And I personally have – in my possession - a copy of the one titled Gunfighters. I’ve had it since I was a wee little lad, and it has seen better days. The pages are no longer bound, they’re all loose and out of order. A testament to the countless hours I spent flipping through its pages when I was a kid.   There are a couple of pictures of Ned Christie in the book. There’s the one when he was still alive - long hair, holding a rifle in one hand, a revolver in the other, and another pistol strapped around his waist.  Looking like an outlaw. And then there’s the other one, where he’s dead. Propped up against a door, lever action rifle resting in his lifeless hands. There’s not a whole lot written in the book about Ned Christie, though. He’s simply referred to as an “elusive Cherokee outlaw who roved the territory as a train robber, horse thief, and whiskey peddler. Christie had built himself a log fort high on the rim of the cliff sided canyon, and when a 16-man posse tracked him there, he showed no inclination to surrender.” That was really the extent of my knowledge when it came to Ned Christie. That and the pictures. But what if I were to tell you that almost everything that was published about Ned Christie in that Time Life book was untrue? Join me today as we look at just who the real Ned Christie was and try to separate the man from the myth on this most recent Indian Outlaw, 100% Cherokee and zero Choctaw, & nobody’s baby was a Chippewa edition of Bloody Beaver Podcast. Ned Christie: The Creation of an Outlaw and Cherokee Hero by Devon Mihesua The Real Lonesome Dove Nate Champion Glanton, John Joel by Sloan Rodgers - Excerpt From Ned Christie: The Creation of an Outlaw and Cherokee Hero - Ned Christie - The True Story of Ned Christie - OsiyoTv Family, Historians Share Ned Christie Insights - CherokeePhoenix Ned Christie as told by Great-Great-Niece - CherokeePhil Canton Indian Insane Asylum - Native American Stats Issues and Problems Facing Native Americans Today - American Indian Veterans Have Highest Record of Military Service Native American Veterans 5 Facts You May Not Know Native American Veterans Have Always Answered The Call to Serve
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Tim S.

Josh "Beaver Eatin" Last Name

Oct 1st

Harold Evans ll

hey josh, I've been binging on your content for about a week now. it has made a short week of what is usually a long monotonous one. like yourself, I too continued to have to work and earn money the old school way. I would love to hear more facts about your topics however, I know you've repeatedly said that you simply don't have the time to put out more content or do deeper dives. Totally understandable. I love your presentation and the comedy aspect keeps it interesting. you have yourself a great podcast sir! and I'm a podcast junkie! history shows in particular. you are by far the best personality I've heard in the history genre in my years of listening. I've rarely felt compelled to comment on any, but I respect great talent and potential when I see it! All of the episodes are good but the one that compelled me to reach out is the King Fisher episode #30 when I heard that glorious perfectly composed masterpiece work of art state of the union speech at the end of the episode I said to myself, now this is a man that gets it! you fucking nailed it, could not have summed everything up better even if you were a 19th century journalist!! lol I recall you saying how they used way to many words to say the simplest things.that was hilarious. keep up the content coming brother! there are people out here who listen to, and are very much entertained by, and respectful of your work

Aug 7th

Harold Evans ll

interesting spin on Billy the kid.. never heard of brushy bill Roberts..he's definitely not Billy the kid lol

Aug 4th

Harold Evans ll

this show is great!! very obscure and very interesting persons covered.. I've been looking for a good wild west podcast.. idk why it took me so long to find it..I listen to podcasts every day and this one has quickly become my favorite.. thanks for the content bro!!

Aug 4th

Johnny Utah

Jonathan Davis eventually moved to Bakersfield CA and started a band named Korn.

Aug 10th
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