Wild West Tech

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Episode Guide

    • Disaster Tech
      Disaster Tech
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      The frontier was full of rivers that needed taming and mountains begging to be blasted--and our forebears hoisted a hefty bag of tools to help them do it all. But of course, no one expected a frontier so dangerous--or so tempting! Trains, ships, towns--nothing could stop our expansion, until those technological monsters started biting back.moreless
    • Native American Tech
      Native American Tech
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      The development of weapons such as the tomahawk and bow & arrow, and healing techniques to aid the wounded.
    • Six-Shooter Tech
      Six-Shooter Tech
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      A look at the most popular type of handgun in the West.
    • Deadwood Tech
      Deadwood Tech
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Examine the good, bad, and ugly technologies of the last and richest gold rush town, including stagecoaches and stagecoach robberies; bull whacking and bull trains; gold counterfeiting; saw mills; smelter and cyanide mills; electric marquees; and mortuary science.
    • Cowboy Tech
      Cowboy Tech
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      A look at the tools of the cowboy trade, from saddles to spurs and everything in between.
    • Saloons
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      In an action-packed hour, host David Carradine exposes the role that saloon engineering played in the death of the West's most prolific killer, John Wesley Hardin, technology of the saloon brawl, and the secret techniques used by bare-knuckle saloon boxers as they fought in the bloodiest prizefights in American history.
    • Train Tech
      Train Tech
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      How the transcontinental railway system was constructed, including protecting the trains from robbers.
    • Execution Tech
      Execution Tech
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      A look at crime and punishment in the Old West gives new meaning to the term "frontier justice".
    • Biggest Machines in the West
      Biggest Machines in the West
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      In this episode, we find out that size did matter in the Old West, where cowboys wanted big toys! Big profits required big equipment to dig, dredge, paddle, and plough through the wilds of America.
    • Law & Order Tech
      Law & Order Tech
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      There was nothing harder than being a good guy in the Wild West. When you pinned on a badge, you might as well have worn a bull's-eye on your back. And if you wanted to live to tell your tale, it was wise to keep up with the latest technology. Ride along with U.S. Marshals as they fight a pitched battle against a holed-up fugitive using guns, dynamite, and even a cannon. See how an improvised explosive device helped bring an end to the Texas Fence-Cutter Wars. Find out why famed lawman Wyatt Earp was suspected of being bulletproof. The chase is on in this action-packed hour when host David Carradine gallops through the history of law enforcement technology in the Old West.moreless
    • Military Tech
      Military Tech
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      How the army used technology to defeat the native American Indians.
    • Revenge Tech
      Revenge Tech
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      It's said revenge is a dish best served cold. Tune in to Wild West Tech to see how technology impacted acts of revenge in the Wild West.
    • Massacres II
      Massacres II
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Genocide on the untamed frontier? Western technology did much to help--and harm--folks heading West. We examine various incidents, like the Camp Grant Massacre in Tucson, Arizona in April 1871, when a mongrel band of Anglos, Mexicans, and San Xavier Papagos Indians, savagely slew 140 Apache men, women, and children in their sleep. The Goliad Massacre--Texas, March 1836, hundreds of Mexican soldiers executed 342 Texans in a bloody betrayal during the Texas Revolution. The Council House Massacre--March 1840, in San Antonio, when a band of Comanche are blown away by a vengeful volley of gunfire. The Dragoon Springs Massacre--September 1858, in Arizona, stage company workers are brutally murdered in their sleep at the Dragoon Springs Stage Station. The motives for the massacre are still unknown.moreless
    • Alamo Tech
      Alamo Tech
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      A look at the technology of one of the most famous battles.
    • Vices
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      In the Old West, there were whores a-plenty and rivers of homemade hooch. Sin was in and available in various flavors. Most vices were still legal back in the 19th century, and inventors could make a fortune creating new technologies to bring them to the masses. Back in the good old days, cocaine was even found in soda pop, and the cure for alcoholism was said to be heroin! Thanks to technology, you didn't have to slump at the opium den, you could get high at home. Take a "trip" out West to the frontier of sex, drugs, and lock'n'load!moreless
    • The Unexplained
      The Unexplained
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Tune into Wild West Tech to see how technology helped craft the legends that have scared people for generations.
    • Civil War in the West
      Civil War in the West
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      The Civil War is thought of as a conflict between North and South. But the West figured into it, too. There were more than 2,000 battles west of the Mississippi River--action stretched clear to the California coast. The rugged, wide-open West presented special challenges for armies. Soldiers had to be hearty--able to maneuver themselves and equipment through ice, snow, and mountain passes. They often improvised with whatever they had. Shovels and belts proved especially useful. Then there were the arid plains, which required armies to adapt in different ways. Men had to cover great distances in order to get food, arms, and other supplies. We'll take a look at the weapons, clothing, transportation, and tools employed on the Civil War's Western Front.moreless
    • Hunting Tech
      Hunting Tech
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Solitary mountain men wandering the ranges in the 1800s live a crude existence.
    • Western Towns
      Western Towns
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Examines life in a frontier town, including layout and fortifications, water supply and sanitation, law enforcement and cemeteries.
    • Outlaw Tech
      Outlaw Tech
      Season 0 - Episode 1
      Although they relied mostly on their trusty six-shooters, the outlaws of the Old West were also quick to adopt new technologies.
    • The Gunslingers
      The Gunslingers
      Season 0 - Episode 2
      A look at the tools and tricks used by legendary gun fighters like Billy the Kid and Wild Bill Hickok.
    • Massacre Tech
      Massacre Tech
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      From the swivel gun of the 1830s to a makeshift armored car in 1914, host David Carradine looks at the role technology played in some of the most heinous crimes in Wild West history.
    • Gang Tech
      Gang Tech
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      From the stagecoach bandits of gold-rush California to the bloody scalp-hunters of the Southwestern border, we explore the various personalities, motives, and crimes of each gang. And we examine the sophisticated arsenal that these desperadoes employed to pull off their criminal capers, including the 1841 Mississippi Rifle, the Remington Model 8 Semiautomatic, bulletproof vests, and the deadly Arkansas Toothpick--a long, heavy, balanced dagger synonymous with the American frontier.moreless
    • Gold Rush Tech
      Gold Rush Tech
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Prospecting for gold; mine dangers and bandits; inventions.
    • Freak Show Tech
      Freak Show Tech
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      The deformed didn't ask to be born...and sometimes, they weren't! Technology helped pull the wool over the eyes of the unsuspecting masses. Freak show operators used every trick in the trade to provide some of the most disturbing "entertainment" the West would ever see.
    • Grim Reaper
      Grim Reaper
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      The trek west was a dangerous one--if the elements didn't get you, disease, hostile people, starvation, and accidents of all kinds could. There were no 911 calls at the time. Hospitals were few and far between. Chances of recovering from illness or mishaps were slim or none. This episode takes a look at how settlers met their deaths. Technology, in particular, played a hand. The reaper, for example, was responsible for the passing of many. As it sped up harvesting, it increased the speed at which farm workers were maimed--or worse. Then there were trains, wild animals, and "friendly" innkeepers, who in the end, weren't so nice.moreless
    • Freak Shows II
      Freak Shows II
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Tune into Wild West Tech to see the tricks freak-show operators used to provide disturbing entertainment to people in the Wild West.
    • Gadgets
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      This episode looks at contraptions practical--and not--devised to tame the frontier. Objects include Wild West mouse traps, lie detectors, a metal detector, an Elgin Cutlass Pistol, kerosene headlamp, electrified brass rails, a self-containing breathing device, stream heat, a syringe, rubber condoms, a donkey engine and much more of the good, the bad and the technologically ugly.moreless
    • Bounty Hunters
      Bounty Hunters
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      They were the men who wouldn't take no for an answer, pursuing every lead, tracking every trail, and finally, bringing in their man--dead or alive. Follow along with some of the greatest trackers the West ever saw--men hunting human prey, with huge rewards waiting for those who succeeded. Join us as we separate Wild West fact from Hollywood fiction, and meet men like Charlie Siringo, who would travel tens of thousands of miles before he'd let a bail jumper go free; or Frank Hamer, who brought law to the most lawless parts of Texas, and death to the most notorious criminals of the early 20th Century.moreless
    • Gambling Tech
      Gambling Tech
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      On riverboats, in mining towns and in cattle towns, games of chance add to the allure of the Wild West.
    • Shootout Tech
      Shootout Tech
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Host David Carradine examines techniques and tricks employed by some of the best pistoleers around (the term "gunfighter/gunslinger" is a modern one). We'll show you how practice made perfect and how even the experts needed a little luck to survive as we illustrate various shootout stories brought to life through multi-dimensional graphics.moreless
    • The Road West
      The Road West
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      During the 1800s, the road west in America was a dangerous path into the unknown. As pioneers headed toward a new life, they faced unpredictable weather, uneven trails, and sometimes unforgiving Native Americans. Remarkable feats of engineering, such as blasting mile-long tunnels or building a bridge to span 300 feet across a mighty river, helped tame the frontier. Host David Carradine discovers the amazing advances made by settlers and the technology they used to help them on their journey into the vast wilderness.moreless
    • Brothel Tech
      Brothel Tech
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Frontier brothels were a refuge for illegal activity of all kinds.
    • Vigilante Tech
      Vigilante Tech
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Vigilante's used technology to dole out justice.