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Into the West is a 2005 miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks which began as a six-week event on June 10, 2005 on Turner Network Television (TNT). Each of the six episodes is two hours in length (including commercials). 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A miniseries, in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... this guy was pretty cool ... DreamWorks logo DreamWorks, L.L.C., doing business as DreamWorks SKG, is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, video games, and television programming. ... June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Relaunched TNT logo, 2001 - present Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is a cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner in 1988. ... Generally speaking, advertising is the paid promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas by an identified sponsor. ...


The show has a huge cast with about 250 speaking parts. A number of well-known performers like Jessica Capshaw, Tyler Christopher, Rachael Leigh Cook, Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, and Matthew Settle from Band of Brothers also star, though many only appear for one or two episodes. The series spans a long period of time, however, from approximately 1825 to 1890. Jessica Capshaw (born August 9, 1976 in Columbia, Missouri) is an American actress best known for her role as attorney Jamie Stringer on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Tyler Christopher Tyler Christopher (born Tyler Christopher Baker, November 11, 1972, Joliet, Illinois, USA) is an actor that starred on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2003 to the present as Nikolas Cassadine, son of the cryogenically-frozen Stavros Cassadine. ... Rachael Leigh Cook Rachael Leigh Cook as Lisa Calighan in AntiTrust Rachael Leigh Cook (born on October 4, 1979) is an American actress of part Italian descent. ... Keri Russell as Felicity in 1999 Keri Lynn Russell (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress and dancer, most known for playing the title role on the television series Felicity. ... Skeet Ulrich Bryan Ray Skeet Ulrich (born 20 January 1970 in Concord, North Carolina, USA) is an American film actor. ... Matthew Settle(born September 17, 1969 in Hickory, North Carolina) is an American actor best known for playing Capt. ... Poster for Band of Brothers. ... 1825 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1890 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...

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Episode 1 - Wheel to the Stars

The series begins in the 1820s and is told through the third person narration of Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) and Loved By the Buffalo (Joseph M. Marshall III). The plot follows the story of two families, one white American, one Native American, as their lives become mingled through the momentous events of American expansion. The story intertwines real and fictional characters and events. Matthew Settle(born September 17, 1969 in Hickory, North Carolina) is an American actor best known for playing Capt. ... Alternate meaning: Wasp (disambiguation) WASP is an acronym which stands for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. ... Native Americans (also Indians, Aboriginal Peoples, American Indians, First Nations, Alaskan Natives, Amerindians, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the indigenous inhabitants of The Americas prior to the European colonization, and their modern descendants. ...


Growling Bear (Gordon Tootoosis), An elderly Lakota medicine man, has an apocalyptic vision that the buffalo his people rely upon will soon vanish from the prairie. his vision is controversial and his apprentice Soaring Eagle (Gerald Auger) convinces most of the people to disregard Growling Bear's dark vision. A young boy named White Feather (Simon Baker) seeks out the now discredited Growling Bear to learn more about his vision. Before he dies, he gives White Feather a necklace symbolizing the Lakota medicine wheel. Eddie Plenty Holes, a Sioux Indian photographed about 1899. ... Medicine man is an English term used to describe Native American religious figures; such individuals are analogous to shamans. ... For other uses, see Apocalypse (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Bison bison Linnaeus, 1758 The American Bison (Bison bison), also called Buffalo, is a bovine mammal that is the largest terrestrial mammal in North America. ... Prairie refers to an area of land in North America of low topographic relief that principally supports grasses and herbs, with few trees, and is generally of a mesic (moderate or temperate) climate. ... A medicine wheel at Big Horn Medicine wheels are stone structures built by the natives of America and Canada for various spiritual and ritual purposes. ...


Later, during a buffalo jump hunt, many people from the band are killed during a stampede, but White Feather is miraculously spared when the spirit of deceased Growling Bear appears to him. The tribe renames him Loved by the Buffalo and begin to regard him as a holy man. This causes Soaring Eagle to become jealous and he does everything he can to undermine Loved by the Buffalo.


Loved by the Buffalo's sister, Thunder Heart Woman (Tonantzin Carmelo) is married off to a white trapper and his brothers Dog Star (Michael Spears) and Running Fox (Zahn McClarnon) begin families, but Loved by the Buffalo realizes that his destiny lies on a different path. Loved by the Buffalo gives Thunder Heart Woman the wooden medicine wheel necklace as a parting gift. Tonantzín Carmelo is an American actress. ...


At about the same time, a young wheelwright named Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) is growing discontented with his settled life in Wheelerton, Virginia. When a mountain man named James Fletcher (Will Patton) passes through and tells him of the wonders of the western frontier, Jacob decides to leave his family and head west. He convinces his brother Nathan (Alan Tudyk) to come west with him, but another brother Jethro (Skeet Ulrich), cannot bring himself to leave his home and stays behind. Wheelwright - a person that repairs and aligns defective wheels of automotive vehicles, such as automobiles, buses, and trucks. ... Matthew Settle(born September 17, 1969 in Hickory, North Carolina) is an American actor best known for playing Capt. ... Mountain men were trappers and explorers that roamed the Rocky Mountains from about 1810 to the early 1840s. ... Will Patton Will Patton (born June 14, 1954 in Charleston, South Carolina) is an American actor. ... Alan Tudyk as Wash (left) and Gina Torres in Firefly Alan Wray Tudyk (born March 16, 1971 in El Paso, Texas) is an American stage, film, and television actor. ... Skeet Ulrich Bryan Ray Skeet Ulrich (born 20 January 1970 in Concord, North Carolina, USA) is an American film actor. ...


Once the brothers reach St. Louis, they meet up with Fletcher, who rebuffs them. Dejected, Nathan goes into a saloon to drink and gamble, winning a deed to a land claim in Mexican province of Tejas. he tries to convince Jacob to come with him to Tejas, but Jacob has become determined to become a mountain man. The brothers part company and Jacob heads toward the Rocky Mountains. The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... Saloon can mean: Any bar, especially in the American Wild West. ... ... White Goat Wilderness Area, Alberta, Canada The Rocky Mountains, often called the Rockies, are a broad mountain range in western North America. ...


Jacob catches up with Fletcher and trapping party captain Jedediah Smith (Josh Brolin) who once again rebuffs him. Jacob convinces them to take him in and he eventually becomes a trusted member of the party. He accompanies Smith's party to California where they are arrested and expelled by the Mexican authorities. Jedediah Strong Smith (January 6, 1799 - May 27, 1831) was a trapper and explorer of the Rocky Mountains, the American West Coast and the Southwest during the 19th century. ... Josh Brolin (far right) with the Goonies Cast 2004 Reunion Josh Brolin (born February 12, 1968) is an American actor. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...


Thunder Heart Woman's husband is killed by Crows and she is sold into slavery. Jacob sees her being auctioned off at a trapper rendezvous and buys her in order to set her free. He soon agrees to return her to her people. She gives him the wooden medicine wheel necklace as a token of her gratitude. When they return to the tribe, Jacob marries Thunder Heart Woman and begins to live as part of the Lakota tribe. The Crow, also called the Absaroka or Apsáalooke, are a tribe of Native Americans who historically lived in the Yellowstone river valley and now live on a reservation south of Billings, Montana. ... Rendezvous is the anglification of the French word Rendez-vous meaning appointment. (literally, meet you); it is pronounced RAHN-day-voo. ...


A Lakota man had traded for a horsecart, much to the dismay of Loved by the Buffalo, who sees white goods as a corruption of Lakota culture. When Loved by the Buffalo sees Jacob repairing the wheel, he is reminded of a vision he had during a Sun Dance in which a wooden wheel smashes a stone wheel. Loved by the Buffalo takes Jacob to a sacred hilltop where a stone medicine wheel has been erected. Loved by the Buffalo begins to realize that the wooden wheel symbolizes the wagon wheels of the whites and that the stone wheel is the medicine wheel of the Lakota culture. A simple wooden cart in Australia A cart transporting watermelons in Harbin, China. ... Though perhaps not a Sun Dance, John White depicted a Native American dance he witnessed in the 1500s. ...


Episode 2 - Manifest Destiny

After living among the Lakota people, Jacob decides to take his family back to Wheelerton, Virginia to live with his family. Unfortunately, Jacob's white family gives Thunder Heart Woman a much colder reception than her family gave him. After living in Wheelerton for a time, Jacob decides to once again go west.


This time, Jacob's brother Jethro (Skeet Ulrich) decides to come along. They are also accompanied by Jacob's three young female cousins; Leah Wheeler (Emily Holmes), Rachel Wheeler (Jessica Capshaw), and Naomi Wheeler (Keri Russell). The three girls have been unlucky in love and are lured by the tales of excitement out west. Skeet Ulrich Bryan Ray Skeet Ulrich (born 20 January 1970 in Concord, North Carolina, USA) is an American film actor. ... Jessica Capshaw (born August 9, 1976 in Columbia, Missouri) is an American actress best known for her role as attorney Jamie Stringer on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Keri Russell as Felicity in 1999 Keri Lynn Russell (born March 23, 1976) is an American actress and dancer, most known for playing the title role on the television series Felicity. ...


Meanwhile Thunder Heart Woman's two brothers, Dog Star and Running Fox argue over whether or not to adopt white technology. The disagreement comes to a boil and the two agree to part ways, splitting the tribe.


After working their way west for several years, the Wheeler clan enters Missouri. Jacob, who now has three children, wants to go west to California or the Oregon country, but Thunder Heart Woman and some of the others wish to remain in Missouri. Jacob eventually convinces the others to go to California and they join a wagon train lead by Stephen Hoxie (Beau Bridges) who is a better salesman than a leader. Among the other settlers is a German immigrant preacher named Hobbes (Derek de Lint), a free black family fleeing racial prejudice, and several former mountain men. State nickname: The Show Me State Other U.S. States Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City (largest metropolitan area is Saint Louis) Governor Matt Blunt (R) Senators Kit Bond (R) Jim Talent (R) Official languages English Area 69,709 mi²; 180,693 km² (21st)  - Land 68,898 mi²; 178... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... Oregon Country was a region of western North America that originally consisted of the land north of 42°N latitude, south of 54°40N latitude, and west of the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. ... Beau Bridges (born Lloyd Vernet Bridges III on December 9, 1941), is an American actor. ... THE FUTURE OF BRITAIN, LONG LIVE THE WHITES!!!!! ...


The wagon train passage is filled with dangers. During the crossing of a river, Leah Wheeler is thrown from the wagon and drowns. Rachel and Naomi take husbands from among the wagon trail guides. While traversing a pass, a wagon breaks free and strikes Rachel, causing a compound fracture in her leg. The leg eventually becomes infected and must be amputated. Preacher Hobbes is the closest thing to a doctor available but he botches the operation and Rachel dies. A cholera outbreak occurs and those exposed, including Jacob, Thunder Heart Woman, the children, and Jethro must stay behind under quarantine. In a range of hills, or especially of mountains, a pass (also gap, notch, col, saddle, bwlch or bealach) is a lower point that allows easier access through the range. ... A fractured bone in a living person is typically treated by restoring the fractured pieces of bone to their natural positions (if necessary), and maintaining those positions while the bone heals. ... Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. ... Cholera (also called Asiatic cholera) is an infectious disease, caused by bacteria that are typically ingested by drinking water that is contaminated by improper sanitation, or by eating improperly cooked fish, especially shellfish. ... Quarantine, a medical term (from Italian: quaranta giorni, forty days) is the act of keeping people or animals separated for a period of time before, for instance, allowing them to enter another country. ...


Naomi and her husband, who have not been exposed, go on with the others. The main body is attacked by Cheyenne warriors and everyone save Naomi is killed. Naomi is taken into captivity and sold to Chief Prairie Fire (Jay Tavare) who takes her as his wife. The thought of a forced marriage to an Indian is repulsive to Naomi, who has always considered them as barely human savages. She eventually begins to see Prairie Fire in a different light and she grows to become happy in her new life.She eventually gives birth to a son, whom she names One Horn Bull. Cheyenne lodges with buffalo meat drying, 1870 The Cheyenne are a Native American nation of the Great Plains, closely allied with the Arapaho and loosely allied with the Lakota (Sioux). ... Actor Jay Tavare comes from a Native American (White Mountain Apache and Navajo)-Latin background. ...


Jethro is afflicted with symptoms of cholera, but he eventually recovers and no new outbreaks occur after Jacob orders that all drinking water be boiled. They rush to catch up with the main body but Jacob discovers the remains of the attacked wagons. While defending the rest of the wagons against another attack, Jacob is severely wounded. He begs to be left behind to die.


After the rest of the party leaves, Jacob prepares himself to die, but is rescued by Thunder Heart Woman's tribe, who spots him during a hunting party. After recovering his strength, Jacob heads toward California, but it takes him several years to reach the settlements. When he finally arrives there, he searches for his family but cannot find them. He eventually gives them up for dead.


The Mexican American War erupts and Jacob joins John C. Frémont's militia to fight the Mexican Army. During a supply stop in one of the settlements, he sees his wife at a distance but before he can go over to greet her, he sees her and his brother Jethro embrace and kiss. Dejected that has wife and brother have become romantically involved but not wanting to disrupt their happiness, he decides to leave without making his presence known. Before he goes, he gives the wooden medicine wheel necklace to his young son who does not realize this man is his father. The Mexican-American War was a war fought between the United States and Mexico between 1846 and 1848. ... John C. Frémont John Charles Frémont (January 21, 1813–July 13, 1890), birth name John Charles Fremon [Harvey, p. ... A militia is a group of citizens organized to provide paramilitary service. ...


Meanwhile, Dog Star and Running Fox are still estranged. The other tribes that have been trading with the whites for rifles have grown stronger and the Lakota are now at a disadvantage. The whites at the forts refuse to trade the Lakota rifles, instead giving them whiskey. Drunkenness soon becomes a problem among the Lakota. Dog Star and Running Fox eventually reconcile and agree to no longer trade for white goods. Whisky (or whiskey) is an alcoholic beverage distilled from grain, often including malt, which has then been aged in wooden barrels. ...


Thunder Heart Woman finds the wooden medicine wheel necklace and realizes that her husband is still alive. She feels that it is best not to go after him, but their daughter Margaret Light Shines Wheeler (Elizabeth Sage) becomes determined to find him.


Episode 3 - Dreams and Schemes

Jethro and Thunder Heart Woman remain together and a daughter, Corn Flower (Chantelle Webster), is born to them. While working at the Wheeler ranch, now dubbed Rancho Paradiso, Jethro encounters a 49er named Martin Jarrett (Sean Astin) who brings him the first news about the California gold rush. Jethro leaves the ranch to go work in the gold fields. The term 49er may refer to: Someone who took part in the California Gold Rush, which began in 1849. ... Sean Astin with his wife and his daughter in Wellington (New Zealand) Sean Astin (born February 25, 1971) is a film actor, director, and producer. ... Gold rush handbill The California Gold Rush was a period in American history marked by mass hysteria concerning a gold discovery in Northern California. ...


He dreams of quick riches but all he finds are a few small grains. Undeterred, he begins to spend more and more time looking for gold only coming home every once in a while. Without Jethro's labor, the ranch begins to experience financial difficulties. Jethro has also taken to drinking heavily and becomes abusive with Thunder Heart Woman and the children. After one too many arguments turn violent, Abe High Wolf Wheeler (Tyler Posey), decides to leave.


Jethro's cousin David Wheeler (Bathazar Getty) arrives as a 49er and joins Jethro prospecting for gold. Angered that a group of Chinese immigrant miners are having success, Jethro drives them off and steals their claim. After finding a huge lump of gold, Jethro and David begin to argue over how they will split their new fortune. After Jethro falls asleep, David steals the gold and heads toward San Francisco. Jethro follows him and the two exchange gun fire. As David tries to escape in a canoe, the two struggle and both are drowned. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Canoe at El Nido, Philippines A canoe is a relatively small human-powered boat. ...


Margaret Light Shines Wheeler takes a job in San Francisco and continues to look for her father. After spotting an army unit sporting a Bear Flag, Margaret inquires if any of them know Jacob Wheeler. A sergeant tells her that Jacob is among them and says he will lead her to him. When the two enter a barn, he tries to rape her. Margaret is saved by Ethan Biggs (Daniel Gillies), a British immigrant photographer. Margaret goes to work for Biggs and the two eventually fall in love and marry. The first Bear Flag. ... This article is about the rank of sergeant. ... Daniel Gillies (born March 14, 1976) is a Canadian actor. ...


While working in the photo studio, a local blacksmith comes to Margaret and tells her about a trapper who has fixed a broken wagon wheel for some settlers. Certain that it’s her father, Margaret convinces Biggs to join her looking for the trapper's camp. When they find the camp, they encounter Jacob who mistakes them for thieves and nearly shoots them. Margaret shows him the wooden medicine wheel necklace and he realizes that she is his daughter. Jacob then goes to Rancho Paradiso and is reunited with his family.


On the plains, white encroachment has become an undeniable problem for the tribes. Running Fox and Dog Star join several other chiefs including Conquering Bear (Graham Greene) at the signing of the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1851). All three agree that the peace is precarious but decide to give the agreement a chance. Graham Greene Graham Greene (born June 22, 1952) is a Canadian actor. ... The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 was signed on September 17 between United States treaty commissioners and representatives of the Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Crow, Shoshone, Assiniboine, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nations. ...


A cow escapes from a passing Mormon wagon train and rampages through Conquering Bear's village doing considerable damage. Conquering Bear tries to give the cow back to the settlers, but they become frightened at the sight of the Indians and run away. The tribe decides to keep the cow as compensation for the damage and soon butcher it. Soldiers soon come, demanding that the cow be returned and the "thief" be handed over. Conquering Bear tries to appease the soldiers but his efforts are thwarted by a drunken scout who mistranslates the negotiations. The soldiers then open fire on the village and the warriors fight back. Many are killed on both sides including Conquering Bear. (Note: This scene is based on the August 1854 Grattan Massacre.) The term Mormon is a colloquial name referring to Latter Day Saints, derived in the 1830s from the Book of Mormon, one of their books of scripture, whose compiler was called the prophet Mormon. ... Wagon Train was a television series on NBC from 1957 to 1965. ... The Grattan Massacre occurred in what is today Nebraska, USA on August 17, 1854 near Fort Laramie, in which a number of US soldiers were killed by Brule Sioux. ...


A few years later, another Wheeler cousin, Samson Wheeler (Matthew Modine) has moved his family to Lawrence, Kansas. He allies himself with the abolitionist Jayhawks during the days of "Bleeding Kansas" as tensions rise in the months leading up to the Civil War. He tries to get his wife Susannah (Rebecca Jenkins), and children including daughter Clara (Rachel Leigh Cook) to leave after border ruffian Bloody Bill Anderson (Christian Bocher) threatens the Jayhawks, but they refuse. Matthew Modine (born March 22, 1959 in Loma Linda, California) is an American actor. ... The Douglas County Courthouse anchors the south end of Lawrences downtown. ... This article is about the abolition of slavery. ... Jayhawks were radical abolitionist guerrillas involved in Bleeding Kansas, at which time the city of Lawrence, Kansas was razed to the ground by pro-slavery Missourians. ... Bleeding Kansas, sometimes referred to in the history of Kansas as Bloody Kansas or the Border War, was a sequence of violent events involving abolitionists and pro-Slavery elements that took place in Kansas-Nebraska Territory between roughly 1854 and 1856. ... The American Civil War (1861 - 1865) was fought in North America within the United States of America – twenty-three mostly northern states of the Union – and the Confederate States of America, a coalition of eleven southern states that declared their independence and claimed the right of secession from the Union... Rebecca Jenkins (born 1959 in Innisfail, Alberta) is a Canadian actress and singer. ... Rachael Leigh Cook as Lisa Calighan in AntiTrust Rachael Leigh Cook (born on October 4, 1979) is an American actress. ... In U.S. history, Border Ruffians were pro-slavery sympathizers who infiltrated into Kansas from the slave state of Missouri in the 1850s to harass abolitionists and others who desired Kansas to be admitted to the Union as a free state (one in which slavery was forbidden). ... William T. Anderson a. ...


Lawrence is later attacked by Anderson and Quantrill's Raiders. In the raid, Samson, Susannah, and two of the three children are killed leaving Clara as the only survivor. She then leaves Kansas for Omaha to seek out her cousins. In the United States, on August 21, 1863, bushwacker, pro-slavery and possibly bandit elements led by William Quantrill invaded the town of Lawrence, Kansas, burned it to the ground, and murdered more than 150 to 200 people. ... Quantrills Raiders were Confederate guerrillas who followed and fought under William Clark Quantrill, an Ohio schoolteacher who relocated to Kansas, and who transformed himself and his men into militant murderers of abolitionists. ...


Jacob Wheeler's sons take different paths. Jacob Wheeler, Jr (Tyler Christopher)., decides to strike out on his own and leaves California for the great plains. His knowledge of the Lakota language becomes valuable to the army and he is hired as a scout. He soon becomes disillusioned with the army however when he realizes how badly the native tribes are being treated. Abe Wheeler (Christian Kane) has become a rider for the Pony Express. Despite being an excellent rider, he soon loses his job when the Pony Express is superseded by the telegraph. Tyler Christopher Tyler Christopher (born Tyler Christopher Baker, November 11, 1972, Joliet, Illinois, USA) is an actor that starred on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2003 to the present as Nikolas Cassadine, son of the cryogenically-frozen Stavros Cassadine. ... Christian Kane (born June 27, 1974 in Dallas, Texas) is an American actor. ... The Utah portion of the Pony Express Trail. ...


Dog Star's son, Brings Horse (Nathaniel Arcand) is shot by an army sniper as he tries to tear down the telegraph. Sleeping Bear (Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse), Dog Star's surviving son, pledges revenge against the whites for what they have done.


Episode 4 - Hell on Wheels

In December 1863, Clara reaches Omaha and finds her cousins, Daniel Wheeler (Lance Henriksen), Robert Wheeler (Warren Kole), Jackson Wheeler (Glen Powell Jr.), and Lilly Wheeler (Mia Stallard). Daniel is a wheelwright in Omaha, and is not happy to see Clara; only through the works of his wife and their son Robert, does Daniel agree to take Clara in. Lance Henriksen Lance Henriksen is an American actor and potter [1]. He was born May 5, 1940 in New York City. ... Wheelwright - a person that repairs and aligns defective wheels of automotive vehicles, such as automobiles, buses, and trucks. ...


The race is on as the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads lay down tracks across the U.S., bringing East and West together. Joining the Central Pacific railroad crew is Jacob Wheeler's son Abe, who is working east from Sacramento. He meets and befriends Chow-Ping Yen (Garrett Wang), and works with the Chinese workers ("Coolies"). Chow-Ping saves Abes life at one point. External link Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum Categories: Corporation stubs | Historical stubs | Defunct railroad companies of the United States | California railroads | Nevada railroads | Utah railroads | Historic civil engineering landmarks ... The Union Pacific Railroad NYSE: UNP is the largest railroad in the United States. ... Garrett Wang as Ensign Harry Kim. ... Coolie - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ...


In March 1864 while photographing California Governor Frederick Low, Ethan Biggs and his wife, Margaret (Jacob’s daughter), decide to see some the Indian Territory and take a stagecoach to Denver. While in Denver they hear LtCol John Chivington speak against the Indians and recruit for the Third Colorado Cavalry. On a stagecoach leaving Denver, Ethan and Margaret are captured by Roman Nose (Rod Rondeaux), taken to the camp of Black Kettle, where they are adopted by the Cheyenne. Frederick Ferdinand Low (January 30, 1828 - July 21, 1894) was a U.S. political figure. ... For the 1939 film starring John Wayne see Stagecoach. ... Colonel John Chivington (1821-1894), born in Lebanon, Ohio, was the hero of Glorietta Pass and the man responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre. ... In response to numerous depredations by the Cheyenne and Arapaho, especially the Hungate massacre and the public display in Denver of the mutilated vitims, Governor John Evans received authorization from the War Department in Washington for the establishment of the Third Colorado Cavalry. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


While Ethan photographs the people of Black Kettle's camp, Margaret works to establish peace between the Cheyenne and the local Governor and Army. On September 28, 1864, Black Kettle holds council with Colorado Territory Governor John Evans, Colonel John Chivington and Major Wynkoop (Arron Shiver), to ensure peace. Major Wynkoop's character is based on Silas Soule. John Evans (9 March 1814–3 July 1897) was a US politician, physician, railroad promoter, and namesake of Evanston, Illinois. ... Colonel John Chivington (1821-1894), born in Lebanon, Ohio, was the hero of Glorietta Pass and the man responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre. ... Silas Stillman Soule (1838-1865) was a Massachusetts abolitionist, Kansas Jayhawker, and a Volunteer in the Colorado Infantry. ...


On November 29, 1864, Colonel Chivington attacks Black Kettle's village with the Third Colorado Cavalry, and most of the village, to include Ethan Biggs, are killed at the Sand Creek Massacre. Margaret is saved by Black Kettle. The Sand Creek Massacre was an infamous incident in the Indian Wars of the United States that occurred on November 29, 1864 when Colorado Militia troops in the Colorado Territory massacred an undefended village of Cheyenne and Arapaho encamped on the territorys eastern plains. ...


Red Cloud (Raoul Trujillo) is introduced in the miniseries and begins his gathering of forces that will lead to Red Cloud's War. On December 21, 1866, a large band of Cheyenne and Sioux under Crazy Horse (Tatanka Means) attack a supply train near Fort Phil Kearny. Capt. Fetterman (Dylan Kenin) leads a relief party of 80 men. Ignoring orders not to venture beyond Lodge Trail Ridge, he led his troops into an ambush. He and his entire party were killed in the attack, later called the Fetterman Massacre. Red Cloud Red Cloud (Sioux: Makhpyia-luta), (1822 – December 10, 1909) was a chief of the Oglala Sioux. ... The Powder River Country, northeast of the Bighorn Mountains and south of the Yellowstone River, is shown in red in the western United States Red Clouds War (also referred to as the Bozeman War) was an armed conflict between the Sioux and the United States in the Wyoming Territory... Crazy Horse (Sioux: Tasunka witko, pronounced tashúnka uitko), (c. ... Fort Phil Kearny was an outpost of the United States Army that existed in the late 1860s in present-day northeastern Wyoming along the Bozeman Trail. ... William Judd Fetterman (1833–1866) Captain, Army, 18th U.S. Infantry. ... The Powder River Country, northeast of the Bighorn Mountains and south of the Yellowstone River, is shown in red in the western United States Red Clouds War (also referred to as the Bozeman War) was an armed conflict between the Sioux and the United States in the Wyoming Territory...


Jacob Jr., becomes a scout for the Army, and works for Col George Armstrong Custer (Jonathan Scarfe) and the 7th Cavalry. George Armstrong Custer George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was an American cavalry commander in the Civil War and the Indian Wars who is best remembered for his defeat and death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against a coalition of Native American tribes, led by... The 7th United States Cavalry Regiment is a United States Army cavalry unit, whose lineage traces back to the mid-19th century. ...


General William Tecumseh Sherman meets with Black Kettle, other Indian Chiefs and while Margaret watches another treaty is signed. Despite the treaty, on November 27, 1868, Col Custer and the 7th Cavalry attack Black Kettle's Cheyenne village at the Battle of Washita River. Margaret is taken captive to an Army Fort and reunited with her brother Jacob Jr., who tries to help her. Portrait of William Tecumseh Sherman by Mathew Brady William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, and author. ... The Battle of Washita occurred on November 27, 1868 when George Armstrong Custer’s 7th U.S. Cavalry attacked Black Kettle’s Cheyenne village on the Washita River (near present day Cheyenne, Oklahoma). ...


Abe continues to work on the railroad until the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869, with the driving of the Golden Spike, joining the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads at Promontory Summit (sometimes called Promontory Point, which is, however, a different location at the southern tip of a peninsula in the Great Salt Lake). Poster announcing railroads opening The First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States was built across North America in the 1860s, linking the railway network of the eastern U.S. with California on the Pacific coast. ... The golden spike is the solid-gold railroad spike which was hammered in by Leland Stanford to commemorate the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the world, when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads met on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Summit in Box Elder County in the... Promontory is a location in Box Elder County, Utah, centered approximately at 41°3707N, 112°3251W, with an elevation of 1494 meters (4902 feet) above sea level. ...


Meanwhile, Daniel Wheeler, his sons, Robert and Jackson, together with distant cousin Clara seek their fortune in several railroad boomtowns, starting with North Platte, Nebraska. By May 1868 they are in Cheyenne. But after the transcontinental railroad is completed on May 10, 1869, Robert and Clara decide to strike out on their own. A boomtown is a community that experiences sudden and rapid growth, normally attributed to the discovery of a precious resource such as gold or silver. ... Grain elevator along the Union Pacific Railroad in downtown North Platte North Platte is a small city located in Lincoln County in southwestern Nebraska on I-80 where the South Platte River and the North Platte River join to form the Platte River. ... Location in Wyoming Founded  -Incorporated 1867 {{{incorporated}}}  County Laramie County Mayor Jack R. Spiker Area  - Total  - Water 57. ...

  • When Abe Wheeler walks away from Chow-Ping, he is no longer seen in the series, although it is assumed that he died in some manner. This could also be considered a plot hole in that there is no explanation of what has become of him.

A plot hole is a gap in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic set-up by the plot. ...

Episode 5 - Casualties of War

About five years have passed since the end of episode four, and begins in July 1874. 1874 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


Gold is discovered in the Black Hills in 1874, the U.S. Army moves in to take possession of the land, and the conflict over control of the region sparks the Black Hills War, the last major Indian War on the Great Plains. The Black Hills are considered by the Lakota to be the axis mundi, or center of the world and a treaty (the Treaty of Fort Laramie) had granted them ownership of the mountain range before the discovery of gold. General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ... The Black Hills are a small, isolated mountain range rising from the Great Plains of North America in western South Dakota and extending into Wyoming. ... The Black Hills War was a United States civil war between the Lakota Native American tribe and the United States government from 1876 until 1877. ... The Indian Wars were a series of conflicts between the United States and Native American peoples (Indians) of North America. ... The Great Plains states. ... Mount Kailash, depicting the holy family of Shiva and Ganesha The axis mundi (world axis), in religion or mythology, is the center of the world and/or the connection between heaven and earth. ... The Treaty of Fort Laramie was an agreement between the United States and the Lakota nation, signed in 1868 at Fort Laramie in the Wyoming Territory, guaranteeing to the Lakota ownership of the Black Hills, and further land and hunting rights in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. ...


Red Cloud (Raoul Trujillo) continues to talk of peace with the Whites at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, however many young men leave to join Sitting Bull (Eric Schweig), including White Bird (Kalani Queypo) and Red Lance (Eddie Spears) who is grandson of Running Fox (Russell Means) and son of White Crow. Voices That Carry (Nakotah Larance) wants to go with his brother, Red Lance, but is required to stay behind because of his youth. Red Cloud thinks that the "peace talkers" from Washington will honor the Treaty of Fort Laramie and keep other whites out of the Black Hills. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is an Oglala, Lakota Native American reservation located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. ... Russell Means (born November 10, 1939) is one of contemporary Americas best-known and prolific activists for the rights of American Indians. ... The Treaty of Fort Laramie was an agreement between the United States and the Lakota nation, signed in 1868 at Fort Laramie in the Wyoming Territory, guaranteeing to the Lakota ownership of the Black Hills, and further land and hunting rights in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. ...


Robert Wheeler is operating a general store in Hillsgate, Dakota Territory, while Clara teaches the town's children. Their store prospers as a result of the gold rush and the many who rush into the area to find gold. In October 1874, Robert agrees to take a prospector into the Black Hills for $10., but they are jumped by two bushwhackers and the prospector is killed. Robert, in turn, kills the two bushwhackers with his Sharps Buffalo Rifle. Clara buys a typewriter from a traveling salesman. Robert invests the profits from the store in about 100 Buffalo hides for $3. each, but finds he can not sell them to Douglas Hillman (Judge Reinhold) for more then $1. each and instead gives them to the needy Indians at a nearby reservation. While there he meets Capt. Richard Henry Pratt (Keith Carradine). A general store is usually a retailer located in a small town or in a rural area with a broad selection of merchandise crammed into a relatively small space. ... Dakota Territory was the name of the northernmost part of the Louisiana Purchase of the United States. ... This Smith Premier typewriter, purchased around the end of the 19th century, was found abandoned in the Bodie ghost town. ... Binomial name Bison bison Linnaeus, 1758 The American Bison (Bison bison), also called Buffalo, is a bovine mammal that is the largest terrestrial mammal in North America. ... Judge Reinhold (born May 21, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American actor. ... General Richard Henry Pratt, (December 6, 1840—April 23, 1924), American soldier and educator. ... Keith Carradine Keith Carradine (born August 8, 1949, in San Mateo, California) is an actor born into a family of actors. ...


Since the Battle of Washita River, Margaret Light Shines (Irene Bedard) continues to be a prisioner of the Army but finds purpose helping the women and orphaned children, at the same Indian Reservation as Red Cloud. The Battle of Washita occurred on November 27, 1868 when George Armstrong Custer’s 7th U.S. Cavalry attacked Black Kettle’s Cheyenne village on the Washita River (near present day Cheyenne, Oklahoma). ...


Voices That Carry runs away from the camp of Red Cloud to join his Father, White Crow, and Sitting Bull.


In June 1876, Jacob Wheeler Jr. (Tyler Christopher) is a scout for Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer (Jonathan Scharfe) and the 7th U.S. Cavalry. The morning of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Custer dispatches Jacob Jr. with a message to Captain Frederick Benteen. Jacob Jr. gives a letter for his parents to a friend who is assigned to Major Marcus Reno's group, in case he should not survive Custer's plan. As he foresaw, Jacob is killed before he finds Benteen, as Crazy House and a Lakota-Northern Cheyenne combined force wipe out Custer's cavalry detachment. Among those who are also killed is White Bird, son of Sleeping Bear and grandson of Dog Star (Gil Birmingham). Voices That Carry brought the body of his cousin back to Dog Star in Red Cloud's camp. 1876 is a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Tyler Christopher Tyler Christopher (born Tyler Christopher Baker, November 11, 1972, Joliet, Illinois, USA) is an actor that starred on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2003 to the present as Nikolas Cassadine, son of the cryogenically-frozen Stavros Cassadine. ... George Armstrong Custer George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was an American cavalry commander in the Civil War and the Indian Wars who is best remembered for his defeat and death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against a coalition of Native American tribes, led by... The Battle of The Little Bighorn was an armed engagement between a Lakota-Northern Cheyenne combined force and the 7th cavalry of the United States Army. ... Frederick Benteen Frederick William Benteen was a military officer during the American Civil War and then during the Black Hills War against the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne. ... Marcus Albert Reno was a career military officer in the American Civil War and in the Black Hills War against the Lakota (Sioux) and Northern Cheyenne. ...


After the final letter from Jacob Jr. reaches them, Jacob (John Terry) and Thunder Heart Woman (Sheila Tousey) go to Hillsgate in an effort to find Jacob Jr. They meet Robert and Clara, who take them to the scene of the battle. We learn that Robert and Clara had a son, William Wheeler, who had died from a fever.


Following the defeat of the Sioux and their allies later in 1876, the United States "purchased" the Black Hills region (no actual purchase was ever completed and this area is under dispute to this day). Alternative meaning: Lakota, Côte dIvoire is a département of Côte dIvoire. ...


In 1879, Richard Henry Pratt returns to Hillsgate where Robert and Clara are enticed into teaching at an experimental school in Pennsylvania designed to “civilize” Native American children. Clara and Robert join Pratt and with 125 Lakota children they head off to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. President Rutherford B. Hayes had arranged for the Carlisle Barracks to be made available. Among the children is Voices That Carry, who encourages the other Native Americans to resist assimilation. Voices that Carry's numerous attempts to undermine the process upset Pratt, but Robert tries to convince the boy to work hard so he can write down the story of his people. Voices that Carry and Robert form a tentative friendship, but after a season of challenge, Robert and Clara head back for home. Ready to try again after the death of William, Robert and Clara decide to have a child and when the episode ends, Clara is with child. 1879 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Carlisle Indian Industrial School, (1879 - 1918), in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the first federally supported school for Native Americans to be established off a reservation; it was founded in 1879 by Richard Henry Pratt. ... Carlisle is a borough located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. ... Rutherford Birchard Hayes (October 4, 1822 – January 17, 1893) was the 19th President of the United States (1877 – 1881). ...


Episode 6 - Ghost Dance

Ten years have passed since the end of Episode 5. Robert and Clara Wheeler return home, disillusioned by the school they have been hired to run, and Clara begins to teach Native American children on the reservation. Loved by the Buffalo (Joseph M. Marshall III) believes he has found the foretold prophet when a mysterious Indian named Wovoka (Jonathan Joss) inspires his people with the Ghost Dance and a vision of their restored land at a Paiute reservation near Yerington, Nevada. But the ritual stirs up more fear among those who wish to contain the Native Americans. Voices That Carry (Chaske Spenser) is reunited with his brother Red Lance (Eddie Spears). Within weeks, the Ghost Dance becomes a phenomena in the reservation. Local white governors and suppliers, who are tasked with the job of providing clothing and food for the Natives, become fearful of an Indian uprising. Local newspaper reporters overly exaggerate the dance as being sadistic and rebellious in nature. Margaret Light Shines is living in the reservation to help tend to the local children and sick. One of the newspaper reporters, not realizing she speaks English and knows how to use a camera, confronts her and trades his camera for a Ghost Shirt. Wovoka (~1856-September 20, 1932), also known as Jack Wilson, was a Northern Paiute religious leader and founder of the Ghost Dance movement. ... This article deals with the Native American spiritual movement known as the Ghost Dance. ... Paiute (sometimes written as Piute) refers to two related groups — Northern Paiute and Southern Paiute — of Native Americans speaking languages belonging to the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan family of Native American languages. ... Yerington is a city located in Lyon County, Nevada, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,883. ...


After Sitting Bull is “accidentally” killed by Indian Police sent by the Indian Agent, the Ghost Dance rebellion grows, which in turn leads to more brutality toward the Native Americans. Indian Agent Daniel Royer (David Paymer) fearful of the Ghost Dance sends for help and Colonel John W. Forsyth arrives with the 7th Cavalry Regiment. The 7th Cavalry regiment moves outward from the reservation into the hills and valleys restricted of Indian settlement where Big Foot and his followers are hiding out. Fearful of the slaughter of his people who are poorly armed, Big Foot agrees to return to the reservation peacefully. David Paymer (born 30 August 1954) is an American actor. ... The 7th United States Cavalry Regiment is a United States Army cavalry unit, whose lineage traces back to the mid-19th century. ... The corpse of Big Foot Big Foot (??-1890) was the leader of the Miniconjou who were killed during the Wounded Knee Massacre. ...


While on the journey back to the reservation settlement, the groups stop and rest at a valley called Wounded Knee. While there, the Colonel Forsyth requests Big Foot's men turn over all their weapons. The natives do so peacefully; however, when the Forsyth sees how few arms Big Foot's men are carrying, he becomes angry. Believing his reports that Big Foot's men were well armed, the soldiers begin tearing apart the camp, taking anything that could be used as a weapon, including sticks and utensils. One of Big Foot's warriors is deaf and did not hear the request to turn in his gun. When a U.S. soldier attempts to pry it from his hands, the gun goes off by accident. The American soldiers then proceeds to open fire at will upon Big Foot and his men. While Big Foot's men rush to pick up their weapons and defend themselves, the women and children run in opposite directions only to be mowed down by the 7th Cavalry's gunfire. Most of the Natives, including Big Foot, are slaughtered. Robert Wheeler, who was attached to the 7th Cavalry in supplying Big Foot's men with blankets and food, survives the massacre. Wounded Knee is a census-designated place located in Shannon County, South Dakota. ...


The survivors of the Wounded Knee Massacre are marched back to the reservation. Word goes round rapidly about the slaughter and Margaret Light Shines goes out to the field at Wounded Knee to photograph the massacre. While there, she meets and photographs the newspaper reporter who sold her the camera, who is standing with horror at the sight of the hundreds of frozen dead natives which he indirectly had contributed to. She is also reunited with her uncle Loved by the Buffalo, who is performing the death rights for the deceased. Margaret brings him to meet her parents, Thunder Heart Woman (Sheila Tousey) and Jacob Wheeler (John Terry). The Wounded Knee massacre or the Battle of Wounded Knee was the last armed conflict between the Great Sioux Nation and the United States of America. ...


Loved By the Buffalo and Jacob Wheeler meet again, closing a circle that began many years ago, and Loved By the Buffalo comes to realize that his destiny was not to prevent what was destined to happen, but to preserve it and the memory of his people; to teach the young Lakota children the ways of their people. "So long as there are still a few Lakota left who understand the traditional ways of their people, the tribe, history, and the memories and lessons of our past can still be preserved so that future generations may also learn from them."


The final scene shows Loved by the Buffalo sitting with a group of Lakota children, Margaret, and Thunder Heart Woman, teaching them the past of the people and his own experiences. At the same time miles away, Jacob Wheeler is sitting on the porch with Robert and Clara's son, telling him about his own experiences, past, and the lessons he has to teach.

  • "The only history a man knows for certain is that small part he owns for himself." - Jacob Wheeler
  • "I always told my children - you are one part Lakota and one part Virginia - be proud of both." - Jacob Wheeler
  • "When you tell these stories, you touch the Grandmothers and Grandfathers." -Loved by the Buffalo

DVD

A 4-Disk DVD boxset was released on October 4, 2005. There will be producer, director, and cast interviews among the 6 episodes of the series and other various features. October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External links

  • Into the West official TNT site
  • Into the West official Spielberg Films site
  • Into the West at the Internet Movie Database

It is not clear who fired the first shot at Wounded Knee. The battle at Wounded Knee ended the American/Indian Wars and also brought an end to the Ghost Dance. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), owned by Amazon. ...


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