At this midyear point, Westernsreboot.com shares the Top Ten posts on the site from July 1st, 2013 to July 1st, 2014. For this writer, it is interesting to see which subjects resonate with readers. The list is based on number of views and a link to each original article is provided along with a brief description of the post.
1.) ADAM BEACH TO GUEST STAR ON AMC’S HELL ON WHEELS – Accomplished Saulteaux actor Adam Beach made a guest appearance in the August 24th, 2013 (Season 3) episode of AMC’s Hell on Wheels (2011 to Present). The series dramatizes the building of the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad in the post-US Civil War years. The Manitoba-born Beach played Red Bear, a chief of the Kiowa people. This post had almost 3x as many views as the runner-up article.
2.) MOUNTAIN MEN ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL – THEY NEVER LEFT– This post provided background on the historical mountain men of the Rocky Mountains and took a look at the popular History Channel show, Mountain Men (2012 to Present).
3.) LONGMIRE SET FOR SEASON 3 RENEWAL– A primer on the return of A&E’s contemporary Western mystery series for a third season in 2014. Set in present-day Wyoming, Longmire (2012 to Present) interweaves a number of current issues (e.g. Indigenous territorial rights, fracking) into its episodes. Season 3 of the show debuted on June 2nd.
4.) LONGMIRE – A&E ANNOUNCES SEASON TWO PREMIERE DATE– Background on the Season Two premiere of Longmire (May 27th, 2013).
5.) LONGMIRE SEASON 3 DEBUTS TO STRONG RATINGS – Follow-up on the Season Three debut of Longmire on June 2nd, 2014. A mini-review of the episode was provided.
6.) GRIZZLY ADAMS RETURNS – CLASSIC SERIES NOW ON DVD– Information on the 4-disc DVD release of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, which ran on NBC from 1977 to 1979. Starring Dan Haggerty as the title character, the series was set in the 1850s and told the story of a man accused of murder who escaped into the Western mountains to live. While there, he discovers an affinity for animals and the natural world and works to protect both.
7.) THE OUTLAW TRAIL – A PATH TO UNDERSTANDING THE LAND AND HISTORY– An article examining the journey Robert Redford took in 1975 with others along the famous Outlaw Trail, which had been used by Western bandits like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Redford’s reflections on that journey – which include thoughts on environmental protection – were published along with photographs in the 1978 book, The Outlaw Trail: A Journey Through Time.
8.) JESSE JAMES “JR.” – A FAMILY DRAMA ON FILM– This post looked at the dramatic occurrence of the son of the outlaw Jesse James, Jesse Edwards James, playing his father on film in 1921. Jesse “Jr.” had been present as a young boy when his father was assassinated.
9.) HELL ON WHEELS SEASON 4 CONFIRMED – Information about the fourth season of AMC’s Hell on Wheels. The post includes an AMC-produced video on the building of the sets for the series.
10.) CALL OF JUAREZ – GUNSLINGER – New Western Video Game on the Horizon – An introduction to the Call of Juarez video game launched in 2013. The first-person shooter has players as a bounty hunter tracking such real historical outlaws of the Old West as Billy the Kid, Jesse James, and Butch Cassidy. This site also did a two-part feature based on an interview with the game’s lead story-writer, Haris Orkin.
“KNOCKING ON THE DOOR” – These two posts currently reside just outside of the Top Ten:
11.) WYOMING PBS DOCUMENTARY TO LOOK AT UNION PACIFIC & “HELL ON WHEELS”– Background on a PBS film that examines the arrival of the Union Pacific railway in Wyoming as well as the mobile “Hell on Wheels” towns that followed the workers westward.
12.) BEHIND DOOR#2 – EXTRA SCENES FROM THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD – A look at deleted scenes from the final version of the 2007 film that showed up in a second trailer.
As a final note, the previous and continued visits to this site are much appreciated. Thanks for reading.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)