This is Walt and it’s his first autumn in Wyoming—and man, is he in his element. Although he grew up running the streets of Camden New Jersey, Walt feels at home surrounded by the harsh western landscape, and working all day under the enormous sky.
He becomes a student of Native Americans through the traces of their history all around him. The Eastern Shoshone, Cheyenne, Lakota, Crow, Arapaho, and Ute tribes all populated the region in the mid 1800s, and if there’s an arrowhead to be found, Walt is going to be the man to dig it up.
The city of Casper was built slightly to the east of Fort Casper, which was originally a trading post and toll station along the Oregon Trail, but was later appropriated by the U.S. military to protect the country’s interest in their transcontinental telegraph line.
Fort Casper’s outpost history is thick with mountain men and fur trappers and mineral prospectors, and provides Walt with a mountain of local myths to bust.