Synopsis by Sarah Ing
The Wild West is a comprehensive ten-hour documentary detailing the faces that populated the vast territory. From cowboys to townspeople, many folk seized the opportunity to start a new life west of the Mississippi. Volume four, The Wild West: Dreamers and Wayfarers/Chroniclers, talks about the innovators that made American expansion possible. The transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, linking two coasts and a legion of possibilities. The chroniclers of the West served as witnesses to the great open spaces. The artists, photographers, and writers that spread the images of a new world also set up its mythic nature. Now, the stark contrasts of the wild West are forever engraved in travelers' imagination.