The third part of The Frontier Partisan Podcast series on American scout Frederick Russell Burnham is up. You can find it here or or on Spotify or on other podcasting platforms.
This third and final installment covers FRB’s sojourn in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898-99, his services as Chief of Scouts to Lord Roberts in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 and his efforts to create an agricultural colony in the Yaqui River valley in Sonora Mexico from 1905.
It is really a remarkable thing to contemplate the fact that I’ve spent hours crafting and recording these podcasts — and have only touched the highlights of Burnham’s extraordinary life and career. He’s really the quintessential American frontier character of the late period (late 19th-early 20th century). Defined by an almost crazy level of optimism in the face of hardship, setback and tragedy, full of paradox and contradiction — and above all, amazingly skilled, competent and resilient.
I hope you enjoy the podcast as much as I enjoyed putting it together.