In 1842, widower Evan Thorpe decides to leave behind his Illinois farm and head west with his three children, Andy (age 17), William (age 12), and Rachel (age 10) and travel to the Oregon Territory to search for a new life in the wilderness. By joining a wagon train, they encounter a variety of bad enemies standing in their way, from bad weather, rough terrain, unfriendly Indians, and devious con men. Written by
Ever since Pierre Radisson for the British and Lewis&Clark for the Americans, the
Oregon territory was the preserve of the fur industry where solitary mountain
men trapped beaver pelts to be made into warm hats for easterners. The boundary was more or less unsettled. But before it was in 1846 the USA won the
race to flood the area with settlers who wanted to have farms in that rich and
untapped soil that never saw a plow.
Rod Taylor starred in this sadly limited western series where he plays a typical
Oregon pioneer traveling west with his kids, Andrew Stevens, Tony Becker, and
Gina Smiku Hunter and a new wife, Blair Brown in the pilot and Darleen Carr
in the series. The usual problems of settling and travel to the frontier were
Sadly like many series it did not find its audience. I think it should have been
given a better chance with a few more stories. Taylor and the kids were
engaging and the stories for the episodes filmed were fine.
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