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*Bonus* How Barbed Wire Brought a University to DeKalb
*BONUS EPISODE* Steve sticks around to talk about how these Barb Wire Barons put aside their differences, and combine their resources to bring a major university to DeKalb Illinois. If that wasn’t enough, we also talk about how Governor John Altgeld thought public building were so unpleasing to the eye that they were an insult […] The post *Bonus* How Barbed Wire Brought a University to DeKalb appeared first on .
Ep. 110: The Barbed Wire Barons
In my days at Northern Illinois University, I learned that DeKalb, IL was ground zero for barbed wire. At the time, I had no idea how historically important this was, but especially after learning about the Wild West, I came to realize that barbed wire made living on the open range possible. No one knows […] The post Ep. 110: The Barbed Wire Barons appeared first on .
*Bonus* The End of the Wild West
Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal sticks around to talk about the end of the west. We get into the Outlaw/Lawman Jim Plummer and how he worked both sides of the law with a group called The Innocents, as well as The Last Gunfight, and the Last Great Stagecoach Robbery. The post *Bonus* The End of the Wild West appeared first on .
Ep. 109: Personalities of the Wild West
I have always loved the Wild West. I don’t know if it is the struggle against lawlessness, vigilante justice, gold prospecting, ghost towns, showdowns at high noon, snake oil salesmen, railroad tycoons, or riding a horse everywhere you go. I am sure it is one of those, or the perfect combination of all. The true […] The post Ep. 109: Personalities of the Wild West appeared first on .
Ep. 108: The History of the Carousel
Carousels are a time honored tradition, stretching back to at least to the 12th century. According to expert and historian Lourinda Bray, they may even date back as far as the invention of the wheel: Fire, Wheel, Carousel. I sat down at her amazing restoration compound “Running Horse Studio” and learned all about their incredible […] The post Ep. 108: The History of the Carousel appeared first on .
Ep. 107: The Pro Wrestling Business
In honor of the 5th anniversary of his passing, I reached into vault for the second interview I did with Paul about his wrestling career. We talked about his secret life as a practical jokester, getting whacked over the head with a cane by an old man in the crowd, and how Michael P. S. […] The post Ep. 107: The Pro Wrestling Business appeared first on .
Ep. 106: The Homestake Mine/Sanford Lab
Mike Headley is the Executive Director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority, and current head of the Sanford Lab in Lead, SD. It is my assertion that the story of the creation of the Homestake Mine through its transition into the Sanford Laboratory is an encapsulation of America’s progress from Post Civil War […] The post Ep. 106: The Homestake Mine/Sanford Lab appeared first on .