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HELL ON WHEELS – SERIES FINALE

After five seasons of building story-lines in its dramatization of the building of the first transcontinental railroad, AMC’s Hell on Wheels will have its final episode this Saturday, July 23rd. The Western railroad series, which debuted in 2011 and has been filmed in Alberta, Canada, has framed its stories around that construction project undertaken by…

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RED DEAD REDEMPTION FINDS SUCCESS ON XBOX ONE

Following the July 8th backwards-compatibility launch of Red Dead Redemption (2010) for the Xbox One gaming console, the acclaimed Western video game has had a huge surge in sales. The industry website Gamespot has reported that retail of the third-person epic, set at the close of the Old West in 1911, has increased by over…

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JESSE JAMES ON AMC – A POLITICAL SNAPSHOT

The American West (2016), an eight-episode docu-drama series currently running Saturday evenings on AMC, has been exploring the subject of Jesse James thru its first four installments. The series has framed, as many historians have, the robberies of James and his gang as motivated by a mix of political statement and personal gain. In the…

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ORCHARD – New Novel about Idaho Assassin

A new book, Orchard: a novel (2016), uses the method of fiction to explore the story of Harry Orchard (1886-1954), the complicated and controversial figure responsible for assassinating former Idaho Governor, Frank Steunenberg, in 1905. Written by Jack H. Bailey, the novel is a creative take on Orchard (real name Albert Horsley), who received life…

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LAST CHANCE ON NETFLIX TO RIDE WITH BUTCH AND SUNDANCE

Netflix, which periodically streamlines its back catalog, is set to remove the iconic film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) from its viewing list. Access to that celebrated Western will end on July 1st. Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winning four, the George Roy Hill-directed film saw the first pairing of Paul Newman…

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NATIONAL PARKS IMAX 3D FILM IN DENVER

National Parks Adventure (2016), an IMAX film celebrating the US national park system, is currently showing in 3D format in Denver. Narrated by Robert Redford, the documentary highlights both current national parks (including those of the American West) and the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, first created August 25, 1916. The film can…

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DENVER UNION STATION – TRAINS & FARMERS

Despite the many Western plot-lines that have pitted railroads against farmers, a new collaboration at Denver’s Union Station breaks that stereotype and continues to build that station as community hub for the Mile High City. A new Farmers Market launched earlier this month and will take place each Saturday until October 22nd. The events are…