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Main Street, Wyoming
A popular original series focusing on the communities and people of Wyoming, "Main Street, Wyoming" allows the audience to not only gain a better appreciation for the wonders of Wyoming but also take a second look at the events changing the world around us from the perspective of other Wyomingites. Over 180 episodes of "Main Street, Wyoming" have been produced by Wyoming PBS and have been repackaged and rolled out this fall as "Main Street Classics”. New "Main Street" episodes have also been produced on a variety of Wyoming topics and points of interest such as the Tour de Wyoming bicycle tour; Devil's Gate; Molesworth Furniture; the photography of Sara Wiles, the Warren Air force Base, and Wyoming basketball greats.
A complete listing of the episodes in the "Main Street" series can be found in the series Episode Guide. For information on how to order episodes of "Main Street, Wyoming" on DVD, please visit our Ordering Information page. And, as always, thank you for supporting your local PBS station.
Wyoming's Original Main Street - In this edition of Main Street Wyoming, we'll take a look at the discovery of South Pass, and its impact on America's westward expansion. In the early days of the United States the Continental Divide served as a barrier, a wall that blocked its western frontier. Early explorers struggled to find a suitable way to cross this barrier. In 1812, a group of Astorians led by Robert Stuart, travelling from the Pacific Coast of Oregon to St. Louis, trekked through a gap in the Wind River Mountains that came to be known as South Pass.
We'll explore how Jedediah Smith helped utilize South Pass in the implementation of the Fur Trade Rendezvous system, when people found they could bring wheeled wagons over the Pass. Families of missionaries used the Pass on their way to establish missions with Native tribes in the West. Eventually, South Pass became a thoroughfare for pioneers settling in Oregon, California, and Utah. It became Wyoming's Original Main Street.
Capture the Wind - What is the future of Wind Power in Wyoming? This hour long documentary takes an in-depth look at the history, the technology and the issues surrounding this new energy industry. From its impact on landscapes and wildlife, to its promise of clean, green energy, this program features experts and local citizens alike to deliver a comprehensive, thought provoking look at wind turbines and wind farms. Will wind generated power be the next big energy boom in the state, creating new wealth, jobs and revenue? Or will issues like the sage grouse, property rights and industrialization bring development to a grinding halt?
We’ll start off with an historical perspective of wind in Wyoming, and see how early windmills opened up the west. Then we’ll visit a present day wind farm and see how these large machines create electricity out of thin air. We’ll talk to the experts—biologists, engineers, industry and government officials to understand the social and economic impacts of these large scale projects and how they might change the face of Wyoming in the future. Finally, we'll go to the Northern Laramie Mountains where a battle is brewing among ranchers, landowners, hunters and hikers.
Charles Belden: Cowboy Photographer - This Main Street, Wyoming features many of Belden's most famous photographs, interviews with his grand daughter and Belden historians, a restoration of his darkroom, and a movie made by Belden: "Where West is still West."
City of Gold - The Story of South Pass City - From the initial discovery of gold in the mid 1800s to the creation of a state historic site, South Pass City has witnessed much of Wyoming's history. In addition to being the site of Wyoming's first big gold strike, South Pass City was instrumental in Wyoming becoming a territory and ultimately a state. It was the birthplace of women's sufferage, the first territory to grant women the right to vote and hold public office. But South Pass City is perhaps best known as Wyoming's first boom and bust town, with hard working and hard drinking miners, loose women, gambling and the entrepreneurial businesses who profited from their dreams of instant wealth.
Honor Flight, Wyoming - This special episode of Main Street, Wyoming brings World War II veterans from Wyoming to the Washington DC Memorial Built in their honor. In the fall of 2010, Greg and Debbie Hammons, with Cloud Peak Productions, traveled with the veterans to capture the journey for Wyoming PBS viewers. More>>
A Conversation with Paula Kerger Paula Kerger, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Service, stops in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to talk to Wyoming PBS producer Geoff O’Gara about the future of PBS nationally and in the Cowboy State.
Risky Business: The Ghost Town of Kirwin - The story of Kirwin, an abandoned mining camp deep in Wyoming's Absoroka Mountains and the risk takers involved in its history. From early explorers, outlaws and hard rock miners, to arctic adventurers and Amelia Earhart; this remote location drew a remarkable cast of characters. Today, its natural beauty and rich past continue to cast a spell on all who visit.
Ground Zero The first and final battles of the Cold War were fought from F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. Wyoming played a key role in winning the Cold War, from the dawn of the Atomic Age to the decommissioning of the controversial Peacekeeper ICBM in 2005. Incredible archives and interviews reveal this fascinating history, and take viewers into the remaining missile silos where a new generation of missileer keeps watch over launch facilities.
The Middle of Nowhere Wyoming’s Sweetwater Valley is “the middle of nowhere”, but it’s also an historic crossroads for explorers, emigrants, homesteaders, and tourists. In this episode, Main Street, Wyoming takes a journey through the beautiful, challenging country around Independence Rock and Devils Gate with author Tom Rea.
Wyoming’s Communication Pioneers The first telephone companies figured if it could work in Wyoming, it could work anywhere. And if it didn’t work, well, it was only Wyoming. The state became a laboratory for telephonic experimentation, welcoming barbed wire phone lines and the world’s first broadband wireless internet network. These are the people who dialed the state in and accelerated its conversations. These are “Wyoming’s Communication Pioneers”.
Urban Living in the Cowboy State Within modern structures and historic old buildings, Wyoming residents are finding ways to live an urban lifestyle in the Cowboy State.
Hooping it Up To the outside world, Wyoming is not a basketball state. But the faithful packing gyms and fired up for March Madness know better. They point to Kenny Sailors, inventor of the jump-shot, and leader of the University of Wyoming’s 1943 NCAA championship team. Seated on bleachers around the state, loyal fans trade stories about other Cowboy State greats: Shannon Brown, Kristen Newlin, Gerald Mattinson, Megan McGuffey, Marcus Bailey, Jaycee Carroll and James Johnson.
Photography of Sara Wiles Sara Wiles began taking pictures of Northern Arapaho people as
a social worker on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The photos were a
chronicle and a gift to Indian families; now they tour art galleries and
museums across the country. Wiles retains her close ties to reservation
friends and families, even as she breaks new ground in her effort to use
photographs to tell the stories of people and cultures.
Tour de Wyoming Every summer, while the stars of the Tour de France
pedal around Europe, a less famous band of cyclists crosses the plains and
mountain passes of Wyoming. No doping scandals here: just 300 or so
stalwarts soaking up the scenery and soaking their jerseys over 300-plus
miles of bicycling. On the 10th anniversary of the Tour de Wyoming,
Wyoming PBS gets taken for a ride.
Molesworth: Interior Pioneer Thomas Molesworth was a Cody artist who became a furniture-making phenomenon. Molesworth: Interior Pioneer follows the legendary designer’s odyssey from the lodges of Wyoming’s rich and powerful, to President Eisenhower’s quiet study. In these spaces, Molesworth shaped the interior West, and defined the Cody style.
Teton Music Festival: Music and Mountains They say the Grand Teton Music Festival is the best kept secret in Classical music. That is likely to change, as the festival welcomes a new maestro and renovates its venerable Walk Festival Hall. This program traces the history and achievements of Wyoming's premiere musical event. World renowned conductor Donald Runnicles is only the third music director to hold the top creative post at the 45-year-old festival. Following Runnicles will be the biggest names in classical music, who flock to Teton Village to create music that is a match for the mountains.