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True Stories & American Legends A podcast about the histories, mysteries and folklore of the old west. Stories about outlaws and bandits, lawmen and American Indians. Campfire tales and few ghost stories, too. So saddle up or settle in for the Drift & Ramble Podcast. New episodes every second Sunday!

True Stories & American Legends A podcast about the histories, mysteries and folklore of the old west. Stories about outlaws and bandits, lawmen and American Indians. Campfire tales and few ghost stories, too. So saddle up or settle in for the Drift & Ramble Podcast. New episodes every second Sunday!
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True Stories & American Legends A podcast about the histories, mysteries and folklore of the old west. Stories about outlaws and bandits, lawmen and American Indians. Campfire tales and few ghost stories, too. So saddle up or settle in for the Drift & Ramble Podcast. New episodes every second Sunday!




Drift and Ramble EP 36 Quicksilver Chronicles

What did gold prospecting and hat making share in common in the days of the old west? Answer: Quicksilver! There was a reason that people used to say "mad as a hatter" to describe someone with mental illness. In this episode we venture close to madness and one possible cause for the odd behavior of our fictional friends Lester Creek and Bradford Miller.



Wild Bill Hangs Up His Badge by Robert Tinsley. Robert wrote, cast, directed and produced this entire episode and there's a lot of talented people to thank for their part in putting this story together. Thanks to Greg McAfee, Commodore James, Pete Lutz, Ben Stevens, Alex Gilmour, Boyd Barrett, Karl A. Nordman, Lisa Rost-Welling, and Lonesome Heights (Be sure check out his page and video of the music he sent us!) And be sure to listen to check out the American West History & Lore podcast...


Drift and Ramble EP34 Mosbys Treasure

Confederate Captain John S. Mosby never went to West Point but that didn't stop him from becoming one of the foremost experts on Guerrilla warfare during the Civil War. Mosby's midnight raid on Fairfax became the stuff of legends and it ruined military careers for many Union officers but what happened to $350,000 worth of gold, silver and other valuables that was said to have been stolen during the raid? It would be worth over $6 million dollars today.


Drift and Ramble EP 33 Buffalo Bill Cody

Buffalo Bill Cody is best remembered as a showman and perhaps the "P.T. Barnum" of the West. But there's more to his story. Aside from being a legend in his own time, he influenced America in some surprising ways and left a lasting legacy in the way we remember the West.


Drift and Ramble December Minisode Story 3 Prospectors

This minisode is a fictional story about 3 gold prospectors. It is a story based on the moral: "the true value of money is in it's use." Written and performed by Steve Blizin. All rights reserved.


THE NOG BLOG EP: Thanksgiving 2017

It's Egg Nog Season! So, we started a new show called the Nog Blog where Cheryl and I discuss viscosity, rum and other important considerations in choosing your Egg Nog accessories. Oh, sure there's a smidge of Drift & Ramble stuff in here but when it's Egg Nog season, things get weird for a reason.


Drift and Ramble EP 32 Skin Walkers

In this special Halloween episode, we explore the legend of the Navajo Skin Walkers. A subject that many feel is taboo even to speak about today. What we find out is creepy - and perhaps a little more than we wanted to know. This episode is brought to you by Rex Rivetter: Private Eye.


Drift and Ramble EP 31 Superstition Mountains

The guys from Audioblivious Productions go on an epic road trip to the Superstition Mountains to look for gold and the Lost Dutchman Mine. Native American folklore says this area could be cursed and may even be the gateway to the underworld. It's just a legend. What could go wrong?


Drift and Ramble EP30 Wild West Fun Facts

A slight departure from our usual format, Cheryl and I meander through some trivial tidbits from the Wild West including Saloons, The evolution of the Wagon and the strange case of Samuel Colt's lost shipment of six guns. There's even deleted scenes and a ghost story or two!


Drift and Ramble EP29 Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley rose from abject poverty to become an American icon. She not only bested men in a sport once dominated by them, she went on to prove she was as tough and determined off stage, as she seemed to be while performing. Check out the inspiring story of this woman's rise to fame.


Drift and Ramble Unscripted

In this first ever edition of "Unscripted," Steve suffers from production burn out and Cheryl wants to become a muse. Things get weird but it's definitely not the Old West. Our regular programming will return shortly!


Drift and Ramble EP 28 Black Bart Part 2

In this second part of our two part series, we follow the final days of the Po8. Black Bart eluded detectives for 8 years and during his crime wave, he continued to taunt the men who pursued him. When he was finally caught, he patiently served his time. But upon his release from prison, the man mysteriously disappeared. Did he continue his life of robbery? The mystery may never be solved.


Black Bart Part 1

Black Bart, the "Po8" may have been the West's most polite bandit. In this true crime story from the pages of history, you'll learn how Black Bart robbed 28 stage coaches but never took a dime from the passengers. He never fired his weapon during his eight year crime spree and he left poems at a few of his crime scenes. Who was this masked man and why did he hate Wells Fargo so? We'll answer these questions in this two series. This episode is part one.


Drift and Ramble EP 26 Pearl Hart

Pearl Hart, the "Lady Bandit" loved the bad boys. She married one and they attended the World's Fair where she became enamored with strong women of the west like Annie Oakley. Inspired, she robs a stage coach and becomes one of the most infamous shady ladies of the old west.


Drift and Ramble EP 25 Geronimo

The story of Geronimo is one of outrage and honor, of revenge and deceit and it's a story of how the man became an inspiration even after his death. Told in his own words, thanks to a superintendent of schools and the president of the united states, it's an amazing journey into the mindset of this Apache medicine man who some believe, held supernatural powers.


Drift and Ramble EP 24 Spirit Photographer

In 1860 a man takes a photo of an empty chair. When he develops the picture, there is a ghostly image of a young boy in the frame. How did it get there? And who is this ghastly specter? Within a year, Spirit Photography becomes a lucrative business and the master of this odd profession is William Mumler. In this strange story of spooky photos, we look at the champions and foes of spirit photography.


Drift and Ramble EP 23 Dakota 38

As more and more white settlers move into the Minnesota Territory, the Dakota are pushed on to smaller and smaller bits of a land. When the mounting tensions finally come to a boil, the results are tragic and costly for all involved. The story of the Dakota 38 is about America's largest mass execution. This important part of American history is often overlooked or ignored. Even my own father, who was born and raised in Minnesota, was not aware of these events. This episode includes graphic...


Drift and Ramble EP 22 Rattlesnake Dick

What's in a name? In the story of Rattlesnake Dick we learn the nicknames can be powerful and living up or down to the reputation they promote may not always be advisable. And while Dick may be all but forgotten, there's that big ol' pile of missing gold that remains. Think you'll be the one to find it?


Drift and Ramble EP 21 Liver Eating Johnson

The story of a mountain man's struggles in the wild is an epic saga of survival and vengeance for the murder of his wife and unborn child. But do we really know who Liver Eating Johnson was or if the stories are even true. Our friends at Fatecrafter's Audioblivious Productions and Pulp-Pourri Theater appear to help bring the story to life.


Drift And Ramble EP 20 The Six Gun

The six gun is perhaps the west's most iconic hardware. In EP 20 we trace the origins of the revolver from it's unlikely source of inspiration to the point at which it won the west. Along the way we'll learn about the triumphs and tragedies that surround the developers of the six shooter as well as those who lived and died by the gun.