Wagon Train was a popular western series that ran on both NBC and ABC from September 18th, 1957 through May 2nd, 1965, for a total of 284 episodes. The show chronicled the trials and tribulations of pioneering families as they set out from the East to carve out a new life in the West in a wagon train making it's way from Missouri to California. It was set just a few years after The Civil War. For some of the travellers it was a happy ending, but not for all, which only heightened the drama along the way. Many times the train would have to "circle the wagons" to defend itself against Indian attacks.
"Alias Bill Hawks" Season 6 Episode 34
Bill Hawks travels to a desert town to visit an old friend, an Indian who has a ranch there. However, upon arriving on his friend's property, he discovers that it is under the control of the local townspeople, who are drilling for water, and that his friend is nowhere to be seen. The townspeople are unwilling to give him any information, and in fact display outright hostility to him, leading Hawks to suspect that his friend may be in danger or even dead.
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This episode was one of the murder mystery with a cowboy detective hero type of shows Wagon Train did. The acting was better than expected in this episode and the story, while a bit over-written, was great. The ending, expected.
When I was but 5 years old, my mom bought me a Wagon Train lunch box. I was the envy of Mrs. Dyers Kendegarten. I remember the show as well as then lunch box. We played Cowboys and Indians (we all wanted to be indians) when I was a kid before it became politically incorrect to have fun as a kid and use your imagination.