Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US history, the building of the transcontinental railroad. After the war years in the 1860s, this undertaking connected the prospering east with the still wild west.
Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. Men will be ruined. (season 1)
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Did You Know?
As a result of attacks by Native Americans, the US Army had to accompany the mobile "town" that followed the railroad crews as the Union Pacific moved west. These towns were mostly tents and wagons and not only consisted of the railroad workers, but entrepreneurs who provided services to the workers such as gambling and prostitution. "Hell on Wheels" was the actual name of the mobile tent community at that time. It was originally coined by the newspaper editor of the Springfield Republican newspaper and the name stuck. See more
All of the natives in this series are depicted with eyebrows. Almost all the native peoples of North America routinely removed all facial hair as part of their cultural traditions - including eyebrows. See the 19th-century photographs by Edward S Curtis and others, and the paintings from life by Bodmer, Catlin, and Kurtz and you will find nobody with eyebrows. This and many other cultural elements were lost during the early Reservation era and today even Native American actors are sadly unaware of it. See more
Hell on Wheels. Population: One less every day.
Stay Home With Elam
Composed by Kevin Kiner
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