Wagon Train (1957–1965)
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The Benjamin Burns Story 

One dry water hole is normal but when the wagon train has two, Flint and Ben Burns lead a party to find a legend that only the Indians speak of, Shining Water. Troubles await them but the worst may be a too green city boy.



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Episode cast overview:
Major Seth Adams
Flint McCullough
Benjamin Burns
John Colter
Charlie Wooster
Bill Hawks
Cathy Burns
Frank Owen


The wagon train hits two dry water holes in a row in the desert forcing severe water rationing. Ben Burns is on the train with his granddaughter and her husband to be John Colter who is a city boy with no outdoor skills. Ben tells Adams that he found Shining Water in the area over 30 years ago and it never goes dry. Adams sends Flint, Ben, John and a few other men to look for it. Ben falls climbing a cliff leaving him with what appears to be fatal wounds but he is not dead and the group is out of water except for Flint's emergency ration. Flint and John stay with Ben who continues to live. During a Shoshone Indian scare, Flint is bitten on the leg by a rattlesnake. Flint is out of his head for a couple of days leaving the scared green John to fend for himself. He decides to suffocate Ben with Flint's jacket and buries Ben. John and Flint head for the wagon train stumbling upon Shining Water. They make it to the train which returns some men to Shining Water with John leading them as ... Written by Anonymous

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17 February 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The legend of Shining Water
7 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this episode after hitting two dry waterholes in a row things are looking serious for the Wagon Train. Which is why Ward Bond dispatches Robert Horton and others to check out a rumor of old time mountain man J. Carrol Naish who says that the Indians know of a place called Shining Waters, a small creek fed by an underground stream.

Naish is traveling with the Wagon Train accompanied by his granddaughter Olive Sturgess and her fiancé James Franciscus. But while on the expedition Naish falls off a cliff and Horton gets snake bitten. Let's say that people's behavior deteriorates after that.

A nice episode showing some real raw emotion and men at a breaking point.

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