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Poet Laureate of the West

History Detective Eduardo Pagan provides background on Bob Nolan, a member of the Sons of the Pioneers and the writer of “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” A former member of the Sons of the Pioneers explains how the song was written and how popular it became. Fred Goodwin, a collector of Western memorabilia, gives his theory as to why the song was so popular during the Great Depression.
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America's top gumshoes are on the case to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. Exploring historical objects and the stories behind them, History Detectives crisscrosses the country delving into legends, folklore and personal histories to discover potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes.
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