Show Notes: The Real Al Swearengen Part 1

Tracy Wilson

You know a bit about Al Swearengen if you've seen the HBO series "Deadwood," but the show skips his early life and his service in the Civil War (and so do most other accounts of his life). It's a story so long, convoluted and filled with illegalities that we needed two episodes to get into it. This installment looks at his life up until he got Deadwood and opened his infamous saloon. The next episode will cover the Deadwood years to death.

Holly did the research legwork on these two episodes. Here's an overview:

Walter Potter's Wild and Wonderful Taxidermy episode

Here's a link to the episode: The Real Al Swearengen, Part 1

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