How Much Do You Remember About the Classic TV Show "Wagon Train?"

By: John Miller
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
The TV series "Wagon Train" is all about which historical event?
the settling of the West
"Wagon Train" ran for eight seasons and detailed the drama of families attempting to travel to the western frontier of America. There, they hope to make their fortunes and establish homesteads.
the Great Depression
World War II

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The people in "Wagon Train" are loading up their wagons and heading for _____.
Hawaii
Iowa
California
In the show, tough and adventurous folks load their wagons and head for California. It's there that they hope to start new and more prosperous lives.

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The stories of "Wagon Train" take place during which era?
immediately after World War I
just after Thomas Jefferson is elected
post-Civil War era
"Wagon Train" starts a few years following the Civil War. Americans are leaving the great conflict behind them and looking to start their lives anew in the West.

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What was a "wagon master"?
a warlock who conjures station wagons from thin air
a cruel overlord who enslaves innocent wagons
the person in charge of leading a wagon train
In the Old West days, wagon masters were the people hired to lead wagon trains from place to place. The trip to the West was long and arduous, so the wagon master's abilities could make or break the journey.

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In the first four seasons, who is the wagon master in charge of leading settlers to the West?
Tom Cruise
Major Seth Adams
Actor Ward Bond kicked off the first four seasons in his character, Major Seth Adams. Bond was immensely popular in his role … but he died of a heart attack during season four.
Jumping Jack Flash

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In the very first episode ("The Willy Moran Story"), the wagon train is about to get underway … but one wagon is missing a ____.
driver
There's no driver for one wagon. In desperation, the wagon's owner hires a drunk from a saloon in order to keep his place on the journey to the West.
wheel
turbocharger

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Who is NOT one of the wagon masters during the series?
Seth Adams
Christopher Hale
Charlie Wooster
Charlie Wooster was a cook for the wagon train in later episodes. Adams and Hale were two of the show's better-known wagon masters.

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In "The Mavis Grant Story," the wagons are desperately low on water. They stop at a station run by Mavis, who says what?
She can't speak English.
Her water contains cyanide.
She wants piles of money in exchange for water.
For water, Mavis wants five times as much money as the wagon train can pay. The desperate travelers will have to find a way to wet their whistles … or die on the frontier.

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Actor Robert Horton is Flint McCullough. What is Flint's job on the wagon train?
He's a stowaway.
He's a scout.
Flint is the steely scout who helps the wagon train find its way and avoid danger. He's a former soldier who is accustomed to hazardous situations.
He changes each wagon's oil.

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In "The John Cameron Story," a wife named Julie decides to do what?
She leaves the wagon train.
Julie Cameron is upset about uprooting her life in the East for the West. She leaves the wagon train and her husband tries to hunt her down … but the story ends in tragedy.
She kills everyone in the wagon train.
She becomes an Indian spirit leader.

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In an episode called "The Julie Gage Story" a young woman's father dies from what cause?
black magic
fever
Diseases killed scores of people heading West, and a fever offs this young woman's father. That's OK, pardner, she's real purty, and plenty of young men on the train offer to "help" her.
old fart syndrome

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In "The Cliff Grundy Story," Flint's friend Cliff is badly hurt by which animals?
bison
Poor Cliff is severely wounded during a bison stampede. The rest of the wagon train leaves him behind, but Flint stays behind so that Cliff won't have to die alone.
hordes of rattlesnakes
furious chickens

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When danger lurks in this series, what do the wagons do?
They create a circle.
In "Wagon Train," there's danger around every river bend. When threatened, the wagons form a defensive circle to protect occupants from attacks.
They create a triangle.
They create a rhombus.

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A wagon plummets off of a cliff in "The Davey Baxter Story," and Davey is badly hurt. Chris makes the decision to do what?
give Davey an overdose of Vicodin
kill Davey and eat him
amputate Davey's arm
Davey's arm is mangled in the wagon wreck. Chris must amputate his arm, a fact that's bound to change Davey's relationship with his soon-to-be wife.

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In "The Clara Beauchamp Story," a bored officer's wife makes the mistake of doing what to an Indian chief?
She kisses him.
She insults him.
Life is boring on the months-long wagon train journey, and one officer's wife makes the mistake of insulting a local Indian chief. The result? A potential war.
She stabs him with a machete.

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In "The Les Rand Story," a man named Les is released from prison and he visits his father to ____.
kill him
Les is paroled from prison and returns home to kill his father and exact revenge. But Flint is there, and he helps Les think twice about committing murder.
turn his horse into glue
massage his feet

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In "The Donna Fuller Story," a woman and her friends head West to jumpstart the _____ movement.
small pox
gay marriage
temperance
Donna and her friends are anti-alcohol, and they want to spread their message to the West. On the way, Donna falls for a man making the journey … but he's a winemaker.

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In "The John Bernard Story," a band of Indians kidnaps an old woman. They agree to return her unharmed so long as the people of the wagon train do what?
heal the chief's son of sickness
The Indian chief is desperate -- he needs someone to heal his sick son. In kidnapping the woman, he hopes for leverage to find a cure for his boy.
attack another Indian tribe
commit mass suicide

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In "The Zeke Thomas Story," the train rolls into town for water, but there's a problem. What happens?
The water has been contaminated by a nuclear power plant.
The water is no longer free.
In the past, the water in this town was free -- now, the locals are charging exorbitant prices for the vital liquid. The story devolves into mayhem … and potential murder.
The water has turned to blood.

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In "Trial for Murder: Part 1," a drunken man named Bradley Mason is accused of what crime?
graft
murder
Mason is found passed out next to a murdered man, so he immediately becomes a prime suspect. Adams must seek justice and prevent a lynching.
arson

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In "The Maggie Hamilton Story," Flint is sent off to find ____.
a howling wolf
a pet turtle
a runaway girl
Flint sets off to find a young girl named Maggie, who has run away from the wagon train. Turns out, Maggie is an insufferable spoiled brat and Flint nearly wishes the Indians would just scalp her already.

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How did the completion of the transcontinental railroad change parts of "Wagon Train" episodes?
There are multiple wagon and train collisions.
Wagons and trains often race side by side.
What railroad?
In real life, the railroad made wagon trains obsolete during the time frame that "Wagon Train" episodes take place. So the writers conveniently ignored railroad history.

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In "The Alexander Portlass Story," Flint is held hostage and told that he needs to help a group of men find a lost _____.
twig
Aztec treasure
Under threats of violence, the men force Flint to decipher ancient codes leading to an Aztec treasure. Flint fights back and ultimately escapes his captors.
pony

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As the story goes, Flint McCullough was supposedly brought up by which famous man?
Paul Revere
George Washington
Jim Bridger
Flint's parents both dropped dead when he was just a kid. Stranded in Wyoming, the famous mountain man Jim Bridger took the boy under his wing and raised him to be a solid outdoorsman.

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In "The Luke O'Malley Story," a man named Luke is trying to escape a violent outlaw. He joins the train disguised as a _____.
tiny baby
preacher
Luke is desperate to escape a violent outlaw blaming him for life's misfortunes. So Luke dresses like a preacher and joins the wagon train. But his behavior is decidedly not very preacher-like.
drag queen

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In "The Shadrack Bennington Story," a medicine man joins the wagon train. He also brings along what?
a harem of young women
a lion
Shadrack Bennington is a medicine man who uses a lion as part of his public performances. But Seth Adams is none too happy with the medicine man's many antics.
cans of tuna fish

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At the beginning of "The Luke Grant Story," a man named Luke is wandering through the desert yelling _____.
"I ate three babies!"
"Kill me!"
It's fair to say that Luke Grant is distraught -- he's wandering the desert screaming, "Kill me!" He joins the wagon train and eventually wants to rescue an old flame.
"Run for the border! It's Taco Bell time"

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In "The Annie MacGregor Story," a group of travelers has a major falling out over which issue?
cannibalism
annoying bagpipes
A group of immigrants loves their bagpipes … but no one else does. The groups part ways and everyone is left struggling to survive Indian attacks.
loud Nine Inch Nails music in one wagon

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In "The Charlene Brenton Story," why does Wooster make off with a baby girl?
He loves changing diapers.
to sell her to some greedy Indians
to save her
Wooster overhears a conversation in which he thinks men are plotting to kill the baby. It's just a miscommunication, though, and the baby eventually winds up in the right hands.

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In "The Countess Baranof Story," a countess must get to ______ in order to claim a family fortune and assure her personal wealth.
Alaska
The countess has a long and brutal journey to claim her fortune, because she has to make it all the way to Alaska. But her bodyguard's violent behavior may derail her plans.
Disneyland
Tampa Bay

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