When the wagon horses start to die of a disease, Adams is forced to send two men who are feuding to buy new horses with his emergency money. One of the men's horse returns without him making Adams wonder if he made a mistake.



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Episode cast overview:
Flint McCullough (credit only)
Dick Richardson
Molly Richardson
Ken Milford
Laura Milford
Dennis Holmes ...
Dan Milford
Joe Lassiter (as Daniel White)
Jack Lomas ...
Erna Logan
Ethel Shutta ...
Mrs. Parker


Two families from the same community in Kentucky are on the train. The Richardsons are expecting a baby while Ken Milford, his daughter-in-law and grandson are together. The Milfords blame Dick Richardson for the collapse of the bank he took over from his father for the suicide of Ken's son. Richardson is also an expert on horses so when the train's horses start dying from a disease, he and Milford are sent to buy new horses with Adam's $1500 emergency fund. Milford against Richardson's advice makes a quick deal with horse traders not realizing they are rustlers. A posse kills Milford and arrests Richardson as they don't believe his story. When Milford's horse returns to the train alone, Adams realizes he may have made a mistake and goes after Richardson. Adams finds Richardson who escaped jail but he not sure whether to believe Richardson although Mrs. Richardson has told Adams a secret. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

31 December 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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John Ericson is credited as John Erickson at the end of the show. See more »

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Horse Plague
16 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A plague infecting all the horses on the Wagon Train is the background for the Dick Richardson Story. Two families from Kentucky from different backgrounds are traveling on the train. John Ericson is from the Kentucky horsey set so he knows his horses. He also served a term in jail for embezzlement when his father's bank failed. Among those who lost their life's savings was Lyle Talbot's family also traveling west with Ward Bond and the rest of the Wagon Train crew.

Because of his knowledge of horse flesh, Bond decides Ericson's the guy to make the deal and go to the nearest town to acquire equines. Reluctantly he sends Talbot along with them. But when these two along the way meet up with a band of horse thieves, things get very interesting in the story.

Another part of the story is the Wagon Train stuck in a dry wash with the threat of incipient rains and a flood without any horses to pull them out. Some nicely done sequences showing the men of the train pulling the wagons to higher ground.

Not a bad episode of the series.

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