American Experience: Wild West Collection
Find dozens of stories from American Experience about the American West. See a map of the changing frontier, and find out which Wild West character is most like you!

New Perspectives on the West
Visit the companion website for another PBS documentary series, The West. You'll find biographies of key people, interactive maps, materials for teachers, and more.

Utah History to Go: The Navajos of Utah
Find a brief history of the Navajo people beginning with oral traditions continuing through to contemporary issues.

The Long Walk
This interactive lesson provides information on the Navajo Long Walk with photographs, maps, documents, and activities for the classroom.


Carter, Harvey Lewis. Dear Old Kit: The Historical Kit Carson. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968.

Carter, Harvey L. and Thelma S. Guild. Kit Carson: A Pattern for Heroes. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1984.

Denton, Sally. Passion and Principle. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007.

Dunlay, Thomas W. Kit Carson and the Indians. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

Estergreen, M. Morgan. Kit Carson: A Portrait in Courage. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962.

Roberts, David. A Newer World. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Sides, Hampton. Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West. New York: Doubleday, 2006.

Simmons, Marc. Kit Carson and His Three Wives. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2003.

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From Billy the Kid to Wyatt Earp, and George Custer to Geronimo, the real-life people who helped tame the west would shape the western heroes celebrated in film and television for decades.